Are you ready to turn your dream of thru-hiking or section-hiking the historic, 2,192-mile Appalachian Trail into reality in the near future? Then you won’t want to miss this very special weekend retreat to benefit the iconic Woods Hole Hostel, regularly ranked by hikers among the best hostel experiences on the trail. Join past thru hikers for a weekend of conversation and camaraderie. Learn from successful thru- and section-hikers, hostel owners, and an expert from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, who will answer all your questions and get you prepared — and excited — for your hike.
What: A weekend retreat of presentations and discussion for individuals considering thru-hike or long section-hike of the AT.
When: September 30 - Oct. 2-4, 2020 (with optional Sept. 30 overnight camping practicum)
Where: Woods Hole Hostel, located on a gorgeous mountain outside Pearisburg, Virginia, 625 miles north of the southern terminus of the AT. Named the “best overall off-trail experience” by Platinum-Blazing the Appalachian Trail, Woods Hole has been described as “A slice of heaven not to be missed” by the AT Hiker Yearbook.
Cost: $300 per person, for bunkhouse lodging, all meals from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch, access to all presentations, presenters and materials. $400 Base for private space. Additional $200/per person/private space - limit 2-3. All fees benefit Woods Hole; presenters are volunteering their time.
Registration: Contact us for application. Attendance limited to 10-15 participants, first-come, first-served, with a wait list in case of cancellations. Limited scholarships may be available, based on need, at the discretion of the hosts.
Optional practicum; participants must bring required gear