On October 10th, 2009, the Dartmouth Outing Club with attempt the first-ever single-day hike of the Appalachian Trail by a college. The trail will be divided up into segments, which will be hiked by Dartmouth students, alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends of the Dartmouth Outing Club. Each hiker will have a printable logo to take a picture with on the hike. The pictures will be collected along with trip reports to make a document memorializing the hike. The ATinaday hike is a great way to participate in the Dartmouth Outing Club Centennial.
We are still in need of hikers to hike in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. You can register here and use our google maps interface to sign up for your hike! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org as well, indicating where you are available to hike.
Other ways to help
For those unable to hike, we can still use your help! Volunteers are needed to shuttle hikers from their destination back to their vehicles. You can also help by offering to host hikers from out of town. Please email email@example.com with how you would like to help and your location.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the general DOC centennial
account, email@example.com. We will return your email as soon as we
Information for Hikers
We are now offering one-year DOC memberships to all hikers who are not Dartmouth affliated. Benefits for members include:
- Reduced rates for DOC cabin rentals.
- Reduced rates for season passes for Dartmouth Outdoor Rentals and the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center.
- Reduced prices for DOC publications, and DOC periodicals at no charge.
- Eligibility to use the Daniels Climbing Gym.
To get your membership, you must request it when you send in your hike photo and trip report, after the hike. You must also include a mailing address so that we can send the membership to you.
Confirming Your Segment
If you haven't done so already, please contact your section chief to confirm your segment of trail. The section chiefs will pass along that information to us, and we can mark it on our master spreadsheet. If you would like change your segment or hike a different one, please contact your section chief. If you are hiking south of Roanoke, Virginia, email firstname.lastname@example.org directly instead.
To find out more information on your segment of trail, ask your section chief or contact your local maintainer club. A listing of trail clubs is available at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's website at http://www.appalachiantrail.org/. Your local library may have maps and trail data books as well.
Logo & Documentation
We would like all hikers to print out the AT in a day logo
and bring it on the hike. Once you find a nice spot on the trail - a nice overlook, a trail sign, a tree with the colors of fall, etc. - take a picture with the logo. When you get back from the hike, email in your photo along with trip report. Your trip report should include where you hiked, how the hike went, and why the Dartmouth Outing Club is meaningful to you, and anything else you would like to share. If you prefer, you can send in a hardcopy of your picture and trip report to:
PO Box 9
Hanover, NH 03755
We will collect all the pictures and trip reports and compile them into a document on the hike, which will be made available online, presented at the DOC banquet, displayed in Robinson hall and then submitted to Rauner Special Collections library.
Timing & Hiker Clarification
The hike will begin at 12:01 am on Oct.10th and extend for a 24 hour period. Hikers that are planning to do long hikes should consider starting early in the morning to complete their hike before midnight.
The hike is open to Dartmouth students, staff, faculty, alumni, their family and friends of the Dartmouth Outing Club. Although the majority of hikers are alumni, hikers who carry the AT in a day logo with them are considered friends of the DOC.
What to Bring
The hike will go on independent of weather conditions on Oct.10th Hikers should be prepared for sun, rain, cold, and possibly snow in Northern New Hampshire and Maine. The list below should serve as a guide on what to bring. Use your best judgment.
- Water – 2 Liters
- Map & Directions (provided by you or your section chief)
- AT in a day logo
- Hiking boots or trail-running shoes
- (A boot with ankle support can save your foot – and your segment.)
- Non-cotton socks
- Non-cotton shirt
- Non-cotton long pants
- Fleece jacket
- Rain/wind jacket and pants
- Hat (for expected conditions, wool for cold, wide-brim for sun)
- First Aid Kit (we recommend materials for treating minor abrasions and moleskin)
- Cell phone
- Sunscreen & Bug Repellent
- Hiking Poles
- Pocket Knife
- Method of water purification (required for hikes over 12 miles)
- Crampons (if you are in the Northern Mountains)
Fundamental to our goal of the hike is that everyone stays safe. You can stay safe by doing the following: 1) Be prepared with appropriate knowledge and gear; 2) Let someone else know your plans; 3) Hiking groups should stick together, and not let themselves become separated; 4) Hikers should always be ready to turn back if circumstances, such as changing weather, dictate; 5) Hikers should be ready for emergencies. Also keep in mind that while hiking you are representing the Dartmouth Outing Club, so please be considerate of other hikers.
How to give back to the AT
The Appalachian Trail is maintained by 30 trail clubs, including the Dartmouth Outing Club. The trail is overseen by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the trail. To learn more about the AT, and how you can help with trail stewardship, please visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/
Where to forward questions
If you have an questions regarding your segment of trail, what the terrain might be like and what they region is like, or how logistics is going to work out, please forward them to your section chief. Any other questions can be sent to atinaday (at) dartmouth dot edu. We will try to respond to your email as fast as we can, but keep in mind that we are a small number of college students taking classes.
If you are interested in signing up for an unclaimed section south of Roanoke, Virginia, please send us an email as soon as possible.
Thank you so much for participating in this historic event!
-Matt Dahlhausen '11 & Athena Aicher '11
-Alice Bradley '11 & Max Friedman '10
DOC Centennial Directors
-Tom Flynn '11