Thursday, March 19, 2009

Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner reports now online

Roughly 30 ridgerunners are hired by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) each season to hike and camp along sections of the Appalachian Trail. Their job is to report on trail conditions, water availability, shelter closings, bear activity and spread important news related to hiker safety, effective food storage in bear country and Leave No Trace practices. Up until this year, the timely information they collected was only made available to the ATC and its management partners.

Beginning this week, however, the ATC will be providing downloadable audio files, or podcasts, summarizing ridgerunner reports so that AT hikers can plan their hikes using the most current information available. These podcasts will be about 5 minutes in length and will be updated every two weeks during the peak hiking period between March and October. Along with a detailed summary of the ridgerunner information, these podcasts will contain special features like interviews and Appalachian Trail trivia.

To check out the first podcast of the year, please click here.

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3 comments:

Vicky said...

Sweet-- I wasn't aware they were starting podcasts!

Did you listen to the first one? One of the privies is full and they can't rectify it...until it thaws.

That is one complication I have never thought about with privy maintenance!

Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Vicky - I know, that's crazy! It's amazing the things that people never really consider outside of their normal everyday comfort world...

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