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Appalachian Trail in a Day

Letter from Matthew Dahlhausen '11 & Athena Aicher '11

Greetings AT-in-a-day hikers,

Thank you for hiking with us this past weekend! On Saturday we hiked well over 2000 miles of the 2,176-mile Appalachian Trail. This is an extraordinary accomplishment, and we should all share in this achievement. It was a powerful feeling on Saturday to know that as we were hiking, we were sharing the experience with nearly a thousand other hikers. The enthusiasm and companionship we felt on Saturday is evidenced in the hundreds of photos and trip reports that have been sent in so far – proof of many hikes completed safely and happily. What a wonderful way to celebrate the last 100 years of the Dartmouth Outing Club.

The DOC owes a special thank you to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and to all the other local maintainer clubs who work tirelessly to preserve the Appalachian Trail. We hope that your participation on Saturday may have inspired some of you enjoy the trail more, and to participate in on-going trail maintenance. Please contact your local maintainer club if you would like to become a trail volunteer.

We all owe another big thank you to the section chiefs who have worked with us tirelessly for the past several months to make sure that the hike went smoothly and safely, as well as those who served in a supporting role for the hike.

If you have not done so already, please send in a picture from your hike, as well as where you hiked, how it went, your reflections on the Dartmouth Outing Club, and anything else you would like to share. If you are not a Dartmouth student or alum, and would like a one-year DOC membership, please mention that in your report and include your mailing address. If you prefer, you can send 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 that will be made available online, presented at the DOC Centennial Banquet in December, displayed in Robinson Hall and then submitted to the Rauner Special Collections Library here on campus.

As directors, we are humbled by this incredible opportunity to serve the Dartmouth Outing Club. It was the experience of a lifetime.


Matthew Dahlhausen '11 & Athena Aicher '11

AT in a Day Directors