The Inaugural A.T. Vista for 2021/2022 August 7-8, 2021 - Virtual Event with local hikes and online workshops. August 5-8, 2022 - in-person at State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. MORE DETAILS Below and at atvista2021.org/ www.atvista2022.org
A.T. Vista Inauguration in 2021 and 2022 Be a Part of the History!
The Inaugural A.T. Vista begins in 2021 as a virtual program with hikes being organized throughout the states along the Appalachian Trail. We invite everyone with a love of trails to help us celebrate 100 years of Appalachian Trail history during the virtual A.T. Vista, August 7 and 8. On both days, all along the A.T. and on nearby trails, guided hikes will be open to all to join in the fun. You’ll also have the opportunity to “hike your own hike” along the trail of your choice. So far, official A.T. Vista hikes are being organized in the following states: Georgia North Carolina Virginia West Virginia Maryland Pennsylvania New Jersey New York Connecticut More hikes to come! Stay Tuned! Details for the hiking program and workshop signups will become available in the July A.T. Vista Newsletter Sign-up to get the Newsletter
With the great news of vaccines for COVID-19, the planning team for the inaugural A.T. Vista has updated the program to provide for both a virtual experience in 2021 and an in-person experience for 2022. This expanded program presents a great opportunity to allow wide participation each year, and we seek assistance from your club members.
We know it has been since 2017 that we’ve been together to spend time on the trail, learn, and socialize together; however, the uncertainties involved in rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations has led us to avoid a trail-wide in-person event in 2021. We want the inaugural A.T. Vista to be memorable and this expanded two-year program rollout will allow us to develop and maintain momentum so that we can continue to share in the great camaraderie of the kindred spirits that cherish the Appalachian Trail.
As we want to continue to honor the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Benton MacKaye's 1921 article, “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning,” the 2021 A.T. Vista program will be conducted with dispersed local hiking opportunities all along the Appalachian Trail (and perhaps even elsewhere!) plus virtual gatherings providing an opportunity for participants at any location to follow the hikes online as photos and videos are posted.
For the 2021 program, we are seeking hiking leaders from trail clubs to conduct small group hikes along the Appalachian Trail and other trails in your serving area. We are also seeking pre-recorded workshops.
We anticipate the 2021 program to be a multi-day event with local and virtual experiences available August 7-8, 2021. A general itinerary is below (details are in process and expected to be released by July 2021):
Saturday and Sunday, August 7/8 from 8AM to 5PM: Local hikes to be conducted along the Appalachian Trail (and other trails in the area). Links to recorded webinars to learn about the Appalachian Trail, Local history, and other selected topics
October 2021 (Date/Time TBD): A recorded collection of videos and photos from the trail with highlighting activity from all 14 states.
We are still working out many details for this expanded program while we continue to pursue the in-person program now scheduled for August 5-8, 2022, at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz.
If you have members of your club or organization that would be interested in making this a memorable and ongoing future event, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up at atvista2021.org to join the team. Provide the requested information below for the hikes and workshops, and if you have other ideas, feel free to send those too. The A.T. Vista organizing team will be putting together an online program and registration system based on the submitted opportunities. You may also submit your hike or workshop details online or on this site.
Hike Submission: 1. Leader Name and Contact info (email, phone) 2. Co-Leader Name and Contact info 3. Location 4. Trail Name/Section 5. Description to be used 6. Number of Miles 7. Level (easy, moderate, strenuous) 8. Roundtrip or one-way hike? 9. Link to website to register for the hike
Workshop Submission: 1. Workshop Name 2. Workshop description 3. Workshop Leader Name and Contact info (email, phone) 4. Length of session (average is expected to be one-hour) 5. Link to recorded session 6. Would you also like to conduct this workshop online or in-person for the 2022 program?