Leave No Trace

Looking North from Duncannon's Hawk Rock on a misty morning.If you have ventured into the wilderness to bask in the beauty of nature or if you have visited a local park to enjoy some time outside, then you are in good company. According to U.S. Census Bureau data for the year 2011, a little over 90 million people over the age of 16 (about 38% of the over-16 U.S. population) participated in outdoor related activities such as hunting, fishing or wildlife watching and even more to the point, 4 million of those people are in Pennsylvania and sharing the same resources as you (94). When you combine those numbers with 2011 National Park Service data stating that there were 278,939,216 recreational visits to national parks, it is easy to see that a massive amount of people are heading to the great outdoors for a little rest and relaxation.

People are drawn to places of outdoor recreation as a means of escaping the negative aspects of high-density living found throughout modern society. Unfortunately, as more people in densely populated areas visit the natural resources in their nearby geographic locations, the problems associated with elevated population levels such as traffic, waste disposal, criminal activities and noise pollution are tagging along for the journey. It’s not that there is a shortage of wilderness in the United States – there are 1.45 million acres of state game land in PA alone (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 14) – but as you approach more populated regions, the number of outdoor recreational areas rapidly decreases while the amount of people visiting them increases. This puts undo stress on our popular getaway locations and the people who visit them.

Fortunately there is a simple common-sense strategy to combat the overuse of shared outdoor recreational resources. It’s called the “Leave No Trace” program and it has seven key concepts to make the time you spend in a natural setting more enjoyable for you and those who follow in your footsteps.

7Principles1) Plan Ahead and Prepare
2) Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3) Dispose of Waste Properly
4) Leave What You Find
5) Minimize Campfire Impacts
6) Respect Wildlife
7) Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Plan Ahead and Prepare: Being prepared and planning ahead are the best ways to keep out of trouble or emergency situations so taking time to learn about the area you plan to visit and the rules that govern it is always beneficial. Dress appropriately and carry the supplies necessary for whatever adventure you might take. If you think ahead, you are less likely to find yourself in a compromising position like the unfortunate boater who got lost in the middle of the Canadian wilderness and had to chop down four utility poles, disrupting power to hundreds of people, so the power company would investigate and find him (Stranded Man).

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2,000 Milers List for 2014

Check out the Trail Names of the 2014 thru-hikers! This sortable and searchable list from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) shows all 896 registered  thru-hikers who finished walking the entire Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2014:

Last NameFirst NameTrail NameStateCountry
Last NameFirst NameTrail NameStateCountry
AblerJoeYo JoeNCUSA
AbramsonLarryLow GearMDUSA
AccomandoKatieVoodooMAUSA
AdamsConnorWise GuyMEUSA
AdamsGordon C.Crazy ChesterVTUSA
AdamsSteveMighty BlueFLUSA
AgeeGary50/50FLUSA
AhernDevinInfraRedMAUSA
AinscoughDarrellDarrellBCCANADA
AkersAshleyTricksINUSA
AkersColtonAquamanINUSA
AkersEmilyNailsTNUSA
AlbertMichaelStealthVTUSA
AlfordColbyHeroTNUSA
AllenHannahTatianaNCUSA
AllesZachShaggy MoePAUSA
AlspachSteveChuckwagonOHUSA
AmbrusAdamAceNJUSA
AmmenheuserAlexandraOops!MDUSA
AndersenMatthewBaggerMAUSA
AndersonCorySilver StagPAUSA
AndersonJames D.Night WindFLUSA
AndersonJeffChefVAUSA
AndersonMeaganK-WompFLUSA
AndrewAdair EBudNCUSA
AnnanRichardHawksbillVAUSA
AnthonyTravisMarathon ManNJUSA
AppLawrenceApp-ManFLUSA
ArcherKaelanrambleMDUSA
ArmbrusterMichelePintsizeMOUSA
ArmstrongMarkIreland NORTHERN IRELAND
ArndtAlexanderOdysseusCAUSA
AsplinAmandaPretty BirdOHUSA
AsplinChristopherBig GulpOHUSA
AtkinsThomasSproutILUSA
AtonAlexisDocTXUSA
BaconShareenSquirrelCAUSA
BahnsonBahneMoseySDUSA
BaileyThomasFreerangeVAUSA
BakerAlanaLotusGAUSA
BakerLee A.Ye Olde C.O.PAUSA
BakerLee A.Ye Olde C.O.PAUSA
BakerTroyRough BananasCAUSA
BaldwinAshliKatniss Neverclean (KAT)PAUSA
BallAnna K.BirdySDUSA
BanjakCarolynFrecklesPAUSA
BareutherEricaKOKOPAUSA
BarkellLeland H.Forester GumpMIUSA
BarnettAbigailSimbaNCUSA
Barrett IIThomas H.High LoonOHUSA
BarrowBenjaminSocratesNCUSA
BarthJoshuaKetchupNJUSA
BartkowPiotrZebraCOUSA
BartlettTrippTomahawkSCUSA
BartmannSimonGargamel GERMANY
BauterNoahSlothILUSA
BeatriceSarahToo LongPAUSA
BeauchampSueRerunNCUSA
BeaulieuRyan J.FreshMEUSA
BeckerAaronGilliganINUSA
BeckettEllieSparkyVTUSA
BendelBrittanyPeachesCTUSA
BennettJ. ScottCoachNCUSA
BentonIan T.CoconutCTUSA
BerbertRebeccaZig ZagMDUSA
BergstromPaulSun BearMNUSA
BernaicheNicholas F.Alpine MonkeyCTUSA
BerryNigelTimeout UNITED KINGDOM
BerrymanAlAggie AlNMUSA
BeyerThomasGeoLAUSA
BianchiChristopherBaguetteNJUSA
BibbyThomas A.Mr. BibbyNCUSA
BickfordRobertWorld StarMEUSA
BiggerstaffGordonCeltic England
BiggerstaffKateBabs BunnyNCUSA
BinderErikBottle Cap!MIUSA
BirdTimShakespeareTNUSA
BisonJacobBisonMIUSA
BisphamJimMilky England, UK
BlackGarrettUnpluggedMDUSA
BlakeEricaBraveheartMTUSA
BlakeleyJustinPine ConeTXUSA
BlevinsHaleyMurphyFLUSA
BlunkCollinTetonILUSA
BockJohnBypassSCUSA
BockMelodySongbirdSCUSA
BolesMatthewCool BreezeTNUSA
BolstridgeAprilTootsMEUSA
Booker, Jr.Donell O.MECCADEUSA
BordenTimothy R.Big SpoonNJUSA
BorelliRita JettJett CatFLUSA
BoweJackJack AttackMOUSA
BowmanJordanYo Teach!GAUSA
BranchAndrewSpiffFLUSA
BrantleyDavidCaboSCUSA
BraunsteinJessicaSocsTNUSA
BredlauPatrickR.W.ILUSA
BreinkeDavidProblem BearCAUSA
BrocarJasonMAVSDUSA
BrooksKenneth H.MailmanILUSA
BrownAnneNubbinsVTUSA
BrownCalebThunderfootINUSA
BrownCaleb S.Green GhostSCUSA
BrownIan S. FLUSA
BrownKathryn A.Painted LadyWIUSA
BucklinStaceyStylezTXUSA
BuntingClintLintORUSA
BushChristianaTorta-lean-yMAUSA
BushJamesThe MechanicFLUSA
BushPaulJust PaulMAUSA
BushnellAlexanderWaldoNYUSA
ButlerJaredTreeGAUSA
ByrumHunterYeti LegsVAUSA
CalkinsMatthewFlatlanderFLUSA
CallowayJosephLonestrideTNUSA
CampbellMichaelMidnight SparkleKYUSA
CanupElijahImpactNCUSA
CappelloDeborahFlinchMEUSA
CareyMichaelSupermanALUSA
CarleyDon3 ThumbsNEUSA
CarlsonStevenJust StevenVAUSA
CarsonMatthewFerrisOHUSA
CarterChristopherSheaNYUSA
CarterKaylaBlossomTNUSA
CaseyGerardJury DutyVAUSA
CashCaitlynne PrestiSweet PuddinNYUSA
CaskeyBrianPooh BearCAUSA
CassonKevinCrocs CANADA
CateTomCasperTXUSA
CathroJamesCavemanVAUSA
CathroLindsayLightfootVAUSA
ChaneyMatthewSweet as a PeachVAUSA
ChapotonDanHighLinerNCUSA
ChedseyMeredithBlazeCOUSA
ChewAndrewChewyGAUSA
ChilesEric J.PunditPAUSA
ChismJessieSafety FirstWAUSA
ChrobotBenjaminShybearNYUSA
CintronSean AThe PriestNYUSA
ClarkAloraSpoonsGAUSA
ClarkeKeyBird LegsLAUSA
ClemmeyLisa A.Hobo-NoboMEUSA
CoatePatriciaTeeBirdNYUSA
CocherellDavidDocMNUSA
CockfieldAlexandraBallooMAUSA
ColeNinaHyperboleNYUSA
CollinsTylerCLAMVAUSA
ComptonAelinBirchNJUSA
ConwayKellyBaby StepsTNUSA
CookDouglasSpockNJUSA
CoombsEvanToastOHUSA
CorbittChristinaFlea BagNHUSA
CorcoranRobertXC CrowMDUSA
CordleNicholas S.CHANCEFLUSA
CordovaJoshRockyCOUSA
CormierLukeMonkeyMEUSA
CornellBrianKnotsVAUSA
CornellNickTop NachVAUSA
CouzinsJeffSimpleOHUSA
CowdenRexWillisFLUSA
CoxAmberle A.FoxyTXUSA
CoxGabrielXLer8TXUSA
CoxKimberlyFireboltTXUSA
CoxRachelSave the SnailsTXUSA
CoxSpencer WayneDeuceTXUSA
CoyIanTimber UK
CraftVirginiaVAORUSA
CramerJeffery J.JeffGAUSA
CraverBen☼ NeonNHUSA
CrosbyJeffreyChainsawMEUSA
CrowleyCasey TimothyRzaNCUSA
CrumeWilliam HaydenChairMSUSA
CuccinielloEmilioTurboCTUSA
CulhaneJohn FLUSA
CulleyEricAjaxTNUSA
CunningtonWilliamCornwall UK
CurtisChristopher ScottPuzzle & Sidekick the PenguinMOUSA
CypcarRebeccaPersistentTNUSA
DamonDustinDirtIAUSA
DavenportJohnSpaghettiCAUSA
DavisChristopherBoston ChrisMAUSA
de KorverEricaSumo (the fire maiden)FLUSA
de SosaMichael A.Mad JacORUSA
DeckebachMichaelPredatorOHUSA
DeckerDanWalk WorthyTNUSA
DeGregorioDavidDiggerMAUSA
DehnenTimPocketfive GERMANY
DempseyMichaelAl BorlandMIUSA
DennyDavidDenny the KidFLUSA
DentonJacobBlazing SandalsTNUSA
DepenbrockChristopherSolitudeNJUSA
DespresJackRowdyMEUSA
DingesMark I.PlantmanNYUSA
DiviestiDeanSnowbunnyNYUSA
DoddsSteveMDotTXUSA
DoebleyValerieTenzingWIUSA
DonahooRexFifteenIDUSA
DonnellyMattMachine (with Warrior Hike)PAUSA
DonoghueKimberleyTwistRIUSA
DoucetKaitlynHiccupILUSA
DowneyRandolph W.ROCKVAUSA
Doyle-JonesPatriciaRed RobinNJUSA
DrozdRonaldTontoOHUSA
DrzaszczJoannaSpiderNJUSA
DrzymalaChelseaSunriseCOUSA
DuBoseTomTazALUSA
DunlapBrandonPeachesGAUSA
DunlevySarah E.FaithVAUSA
DwyerJoseph WGround ScoreMDUSA
EarlAnthonyThe Greatest of All TimeARUSA
EbsteinIanSwayzeMAUSA
EdwardsAnthony E.HydroNCUSA
EdwardsDavidTrigger ENGLAND
EdwardsMichaelThe Mad ScientistSCUSA
EhlersJuleCowboy GERMANY
EhrgottCristinDragonbornPAUSA
ElderLindaHeartwoodNJUSA
EliaAshleeCheeky ChiCTUSA
EllisSteven R.JourneymenINUSA
EllisThomasSABRETOOTHVAUSA
EllisonKevinSock FatPAUSA
EplingMurielNora V.NCUSA
EvansBrettCruiseTNUSA
EversonTristanSocklessOHUSA
EwingCharlesBoomerNCUSA
FarrellJesseGentle SpiritMEUSA
FarringtonLauraNavigatorMEUSA
FastJulieKickapoo PogonoCOUSA
FaulkDiannaDas SlöthTXUSA
FaunceDerrickGrampsMAUSA
FaunceJasminGramsMAUSA
FeatherMarshallMambo #5GAUSA
FeltsKyleKalpacaVAUSA
FeminellaMatthew J.Red FootNYUSA
FennMaeganSweet ToothCOUSA
FergusonBenjaminGargoyleNHUSA
FergusonTomCaribouAKUSA
FernaldAliceKoziMEUSA
FerschBrian D.OwlNHUSA
FetigJamesSisuMDUSA
FewtrellWarrenSwayed ENGLAND
FigulskiRobFiggyNCUSA
FincherCurtisSmilesTXUSA
FincherSableSabertooth SabeTXUSA
FinnChelseaCanaryNCUSA
FinsethArlenNaked NinjaMEUSA
FisherEmilySunshineFLUSA
FitzpatrickEliTrudgeKYUSA
FleetwoodSara GailLittle FootGAUSA
FletcherCharles DeanRight HereGAUSA
FletcherRichardFletch ENGLAND
FloodKyleMacgyverPAUSA
FlynnJamesSoloMAUSA
FlynnLandon C.Fruit PunchMEUSA
FlynnMatthewWolf BurgerMAUSA
FoggNeilMarathonMEUSA
FoleyErinTiggerMAUSA
ForbesDerekSPOTNJUSA
FosterJesseDr. ZoomVAUSA
FoxCoreyShamanNCUSA
FredericksonCaseyFunsizeMIUSA
FreehoffScottBairdPAUSA
FriedmanEdward M.Fast EddieMEUSA
FrostDharmaRaindancerVTUSA
FullamTimJust TimNCUSA
FurmanskiElizabethMooseILUSA
FussnerIsaacBio-HazardNYUSA
GaleJacobHiker MonkeyMNUSA
GallowayKevinHummerPAUSA
GambleLucyPeppaNHUSA
GardnerGuyAstroGuyVAUSA
GarrettDarrel WSore ToeVAUSA
GasserThomasChocolate SWITZERLAND
GeerAlexanderSokratesFLUSA
GeerElizabeth DawnHoneybunFLUSA
GentryMatthewSharpieVAUSA
GerardotJustinBudINUSA
GiancarloTedeschiItalian Stallion ITALY
GiannisMarkArborILUSA
Gieschen, JrMichael P.RockyPAUSA
GiftJenniferOne DayNCUSA
GilfeatherMichaelWingin' ITNYUSA
GilfoyTomPelicanFLUSA
GillilandJacobFishPAUSA
GlafckeAndrew T.BamboopsWIUSA
GlynnTravisEasy RiderMIUSA
GokeyReedSky EyesNHUSA
GoodrichA. K.Sky ChickenTXUSA
GordonGlennThin MintMEUSA
GoretoyEduardSpidermanSCUSA
GosiakAndy MNUSA
GraffAdam RobertHesychastMIUSA
GraffChristineNepsisMIUSA
GrantBruceBruceGAUSA
GrantRussell3 x 5PAUSA
GraysonIsaac T.HoosierINUSA
GreeneMichael S.GrasshopperTNUSA
GriegChrisLong Haul TruckerVAUSA
GrigsbyJessicaGiaTNUSA
GrimmPatThe MachineMAUSA
GroceMattHYDRONCUSA
GrunkeMichaelChopsticksMNUSA
GrunstraTimothyTimonVAUSA
GuerreroMeghanKidCAUSA
GwozdekMichaelGameshowMIUSA
HahnRogerDeja VueTXUSA
HaimowitzJerry42NJUSA
HajdukGregWikiVAUSA
HalberstadtAnna RuthPurple BlazeNCUSA
HaleJeffreyLightning BoltNCUSA
HallCharlesTwo ForksMAUSA
HallKenLighterknotGAUSA
HallWayneCrinkle rootARUSA
HaltermanDavidLiverVAUSA
HamiltonKadenMother EarthTNUSA
HammondsKristoThe LionCAUSA
HamnerJasonRadagastALUSA
HanavanTeriHopperKYUSA
HancockErikHard HeadVAUSA
HanoodPhillipRunawayVAUSA
HarlacherDrewMr. JinglesPAUSA
HarpsAlexGearheadGAUSA
HarringtonNancy ClaireChickletteMDUSA
HarrisJamesFrog FellowVAUSA
HarrisTravis M.BillygoatCAUSA
HarrisonAdrianFelix FelicisUTUSA
HarverEmma NCUSA
HasenauerWilliam MichaelRoute StepFLUSA
HattonDaleRedlegKYUSA
HaughtonBethanyIndieTNUSA
HayesJeffrey G.SpeedoALUSA
HayesNancy L.GruntALUSA
HealyThomas J.Toasted ToadSCUSA
HebertKevinAbear (in the Woods)AZUSA
HeiserKatieTrippyPAUSA
HellewellDavidGOLIATHCTUSA
Helm IIHarold H.SlomoseyCAUSA
HenkelBernwardIsnt Black GERMANY
HennessyPhillip A.HappyfeetVAUSA
HenryMeganViolet ♥VAUSA
HenschelKevinSeabiscuitOHUSA
HerbertKathrynMary PoppinsFLUSA
HessStevenSherPAPAUSA
HessellTolinTinderNJUSA
HettigRoxanneHuffle PuffCOUSA
HevrinBillHemlockCTUSA
HewittDylan NCUSA
HeyingMark R.CrucesNMUSA
HiattCathrine BrownWatermelonNCUSA
HiattJoseph HarrisonBellowsNCUSA
HicksBenjaninHappyNVUSA
HigginbothamLukeHanselVAUSA
HigginbothamRachelGretelVAUSA
HilbrandsCatherineTuesdayMIUSA
HillJimDos EquisOHUSA
HillaJoshua D.PippinPAUSA
HinesJohnTop O'TXUSA
HinmanTimLord WillinNCUSA
HnatowJoelCowboyPAUSA
HohleAaronSole PowerTXUSA
HolderfieldCaseyRootsNCUSA
HollemanHankStevie WanderTNUSA
HollingsheadPatriciaLandslideNDUSA
HolyokeAlbanGreaseOHUSA
HomkesAustinBirdmanMIUSA
HortonLucasBig BearKSUSA
HoskinsDaniSwiperNYUSA
HudetzNaomiThe PunisherWAUSA
HuebnerWolfgangWoggNCUSA
HughesJeffreyLegsNJUSA
HullChristyBlood RootINUSA
HuneycuttJohnnyBig DaddyNCUSA
HuntDerrickDuntMOUSA
Hunter-DuvarJoshSkippy CANADA
HutchinsonKeithCheyenne Walking BirdWIUSA
IannottiMichaelLieutenant DanDCUSA
InmanMattjust mattTNUSA
JacksonAlexisFlexVTUSA
JacksonGilliamDoyiNCUSA
JacksonJillianPockets full of DiamondsCTUSA
JacksonKevinTwo Pack CANADA
JacobyjeremyKnivesMDUSA
JaconettyJohnGadgetNCUSA
JamesAmyMossyKYUSA
JamesCharlotteInvisible BearKYUSA
JamesJasonBeanhookKYUSA
JamesSusannahFlickaKYUSA
JaniskoCherylMovin' OnNCUSA
JaworskiBrianTRAINUTUSA
JeanesMarySoleilFLUSA
JenMichaelCAT TAIWAN
JepsonSusanPreacherNHUSA
JoffrionSusanDallasLAUSA
JohnsonBlaizeHaikuVAUSA
JohnsonChristopher MAUSA
JohnsonJakeProfessorMIUSA
JohnsonJeffreyBaby StepsMAUSA
JohnsonPeterSamuraiTNUSA
JohnsonTomMex BSCUSA
JonesJacobShakesNYUSA
JordanAndreaScuttlebuttMNUSA
JosefowskiRobertMumblesDEUSA
JosephAdam T.SurgeNHUSA
JudyRichardPeregrineGAUSA
KaeckEloiseTailgateNCUSA
KaltenhauserBenjaminMisty Pony GERMANY
KarakowskiTomTom SawyerNJUSA
KassayJoeSeymourCTUSA
KeeW.J. WesleyOutbackILUSA
KeenerIsaacPilgrimOHUSA
KegelChristineMononokeFLUSA
KelleyEvanThe ProfessorPAUSA
KellyMatthewChewieSCUSA
KempenichShannonPrincess North StarMNUSA
KeplingerBryanRoc DocARUSA
KeulKrisGazzelleIAUSA
KhuranaNehaSproutVAUSA
KiddBrentBelchOHUSA
KiefferAlisonHomestretchMEUSA
KielJames W.RoninMIUSA
KiernanKevinWEATHERMANMAUSA
KiffneyTomProm QueenMEUSA
KimberlyChrisGrowlerGAUSA
KinderBeckyWilsonNYUSA
KinderDarrellSharkmanFLUSA
KingCharlesShellbackSCUSA
KingKyleThe Hungarian RevolutionVAUSA
KingPeter C.Lucky PierreNCUSA
KinnickMichaelZTNUSA
KirchnerSilviaCheese SWITZERLAND
KleinMaximilianMad Max Germany
KlockengaNickTwizelerILUSA
KlopferJohnLynxCTUSA
KlumppJimSlimMAUSA
KnightonChristopherJuncoMAUSA
KnowlesKennethReal TalkFLUSA
KochettaNicholasGulliverTNUSA
KoenigMichaelGo FARNDUSA
KoolHannahPockets SWITZERLAND
KoonsLarry GAUSA
KrosnickAdamSweet TeaTNUSA
KuehnDawn ElishaGingerARUSA
KuehnJeremy PaulGilliganARUSA
KuhnJackieLeft TurnFLUSA
KuhnJoshua S.TrotterPAUSA
LackeyAnna CaitlinRocket GirlCAUSA
LaemmerVolkerWild Boar GERMANY
LakisMaggie MAUSA
LalichChristopherDuneTXUSA
LamarThaddeusNo PantsVAUSA
LambertTimothyCaptain RicoMAUSA
LangerPhilippPillow GERMANY
LayneChristopherFiftyTNUSA
LeachCatheyMama BearALUSA
LeBlancChristopherChickenfatNCUSA
LebrijaAlexTexTXUSA
LecompteMikeScuffyMEUSA
LeffelR. DawkinsWalkaboutFLUSA
LeighnorMikeRavencloudKSUSA
LeporeRoniRam ShamNJUSA
LeslieKirkIron ManCOUSA
LessnerMattRebootCAUSA
LesswingFrederickGizmoMEUSA
LetellierJessica L.EmeraldMEUSA
LevenduskyThomasGreen-BeanPAUSA
LewisJennaSassafrasCAUSA
LimJhong HyuckRodeoNJUSA
LimJung Y.Catch Me If You CanNYUSA
LinderSuzanneDr SML AUSTRIA
Lipps, Jr.Donald G.BucketlistFLUSA
LittleTerryCanyon ManNCUSA
LiuDanielCloudwalkerWAUSA
Locke IIICharles T.mOnkOHUSA
LoenJeffrey S.Forty year planWAUSA
LorenzMartinAlpine Pirate AUSTRIA
LottmanSeanDingoOHUSA
LuceMeganKnee DeepNJUSA
MackayJasonSide ShowMDUSA
MackayKyleTookPAUSA
MacyRyanTreefrogVAUSA
MageeThomasTrip the LightWAUSA
MagerowskiGretaEarly BirdMAUSA
MahanGabrielArchangelMOUSA
MahoneyRyan A.ChopsMAUSA
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MaidmentJonathanMoney MakerCTUSA
MalagrifaRichardHog DriverMAUSA
MalatiaRandall S.SharpknifeILUSA
MalchowForestSlowbroPAUSA
MalchowRyanSlumberjackPAUSA
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ManningDanielHandsome DanNHUSA
MantayJonathanPopMIUSA
MartinTerry J.BirdmanOHUSA
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Martin IIThomas N.White RabbitCAUSA
Martin, Jr.KennyKennyNHUSA
MatsonJamesLazor CatOHUSA
MawdsleyAlanDouble NickelMDUSA
MaxHarmonPanCAUSA
MayerJoachimJoe GERMANY
McBrideKellyPocketNCUSA
McCabe-MarcellPatrickMarshmallow of the MountainVAUSA
McCallumJaredScoutFLUSA
McCarthyKaylaPopeyeMIUSA
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MeekBenjaminBengus KhanCOUSA
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MessickJohnDare YaAKUSA
MeyerBrandonHotspotFLUSA
MeyerThomasPanzerCOUSA
MichaelNathaniel NCUSA
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MillerAlexPadreMEUSA
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MillerStephen J.NuggetMDUSA
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MishlerEmily J.FiverPAUSA
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PirieRobert E. NYUSA
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Boyd’s Hike – Black Bears

It was a cold start to a great day. We had 9 brave hikers who weathered the 19 degree temperatures, including one hiker who lives in California! We began our hike on the East Loop Trail. Once on the steep power line connector trail we followed Janie Trail where we ran into problems. It was too icy for those without Yak Traks or Micro Spikes, so we had to go off trail to reach the top of the mountain. While we broke a “Leave No Trace” policy, the priority was the safety of the hikers. We had planned on hooking up with the Coach Trail, Creek Trail and return on the Pond Trail, but icy conditions required we cut the hike short. We ended staying on Janie Trail, intersecting Lower Springs Trail and following it back to the parking lot.

Prior to starting the hike we had a brief presentation on Black Bears in the education pavilion. It started with the “true – false” test below. Try taking it yourself and see how well you do before reading on for the answers.

QUESTIONS:

  1. Two species of black bears live in the wild in PA – the grizzly bear and the black bear.
  2. The main food of the black bear is meat.
  3. The best way to keep away from black bears is to climb a tree.
  4. Scientist determine the age of a black bear by counting the rings on a bear’s tooth.
  5. Black bears can be black, brown, and even cinnamon color.
  6. In PA bear cubs are born in April.
  7. Black bear cubs usually weigh around 5 lbs. when they are born,
  8. Black bears are true hibernators.
  9. Black bears return to the same den year after year.
  10. Black bears will not den near people.
  11. Black bears can go almost six months without eating, drinking, or excreting.
  12. Black bears will climb trees to take a rest during the day.
  13. Because of their large size black bears are slow.
  14. Feeding black bears in the wild is unlawful.
  15. Black bear populations in PA are low because of lack of habitat.

Whew! Did you make it through all those questions? Let’s see how well you did. Now for the answers…. Continue reading

Duncannon Outdoor Club February Hike

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When you are hiking and someone is coming toward you on the trail, who yields?  What does leave no trace mean?  Join the DOC on Sat., Feb. 21st to learn the answers and more interesting information on these topics.

We will then hike an average paced 2 mile hike over moderate to strenuous terrain.  We will be hiking up Hawk Rock if weather conditions permit to a great view.  If the trail is too treacherous with ice, we will alternately hike the Takach property in Duncannon over moderate terrain.  Meet at 9:00 am. at the Hawk Rock Appalachian trail head across from Tubby’s restaurant.  Alternate meeting location will be at the Duncannon Family Health Center at 9:00 am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

DATC Meeting – Jan 14, 2015

Duncannon as seen from Eagles Edge Overlook at the end of Cove Mountain

MEETING TIME AND LOCATION:  The Duncannon Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Duncannon Municipal Building located at 428 N. High Street.  An RSVP is not required but it is greatly appreciated.

MEETING AGENDA: We’ll discuss fundraising for the 2015 DATC Festival, current vendor applicants, anti-graffiti signage and other festival preparations.

THERE WILL BE FREE PIZZA AND SODA! Send your RSVP to help us determine how much pizza we should buy.  Special thanks to everyone who chipped in to help pay for last month’s pizza!  Contact DATC@DuncannonATC.org if you or your group would like to contribute to the DATC Meeting Pizza Fund.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  Anyone who would like to be involved with the DATC, offer guidance or influence its policies is welcome to attend our meetings. You might find a volunteer opportunity that suits you in any number of fields such as: planning our next 2014 DATC Festival, fundraising, supporting the Duncannon Outdoor Club, learning about Appalachian Trail maintenance and inspiring people to enjoy outdoor activities in the Duncannon area.

We look forward to seeing you there!

DOC January Hike

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What do you do when you cross paths with a black bear?  Do black bears really hibernate?  Join the DOC on Sat., Jan. 17th to learn the answers and more interesting information on the common black bear.

We will then hike an average paced 5 mile hike over moderate to strenuous terrain.  We will be hiking at Boyd’s Tree Farm.  There are two short climbs.  If there is snow or ice, do not forget your micro spikes if you have them.  Wear orange.  Meet at 9:00 am at the Duncannon Family Health Center to carpool or at Boyd’s at 9:30 am.  Call 395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.

DOC Volunteers At Little Buffalo

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On December 6th it was raining very hard, trying to dampen the spirits of the Duncannon Outdoor Club volunteers helping to decorate the Little Buffalo State Park Christmas Trails. It did not stop us from an enjoyable helpful experience though. Some of us painted, others went through what seemed like miles and miles of lights looking for burnt out bulbs and lights that just no longer worked. Some of us were very brave and took to the outdoors to string the lights in the pouring down rain for 3 hours!

A great thank you to Elizabeth, Verilee, Peg, Luke, Rod, Hanna, and Kathleen for your efforts which were greatly appreciated.

DOC Hawk Mountain Hike Nov. 2014

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The weather for our November hike was a little cold. When we got there the thermometer registered 29 degrees, but once we got started things began to warm up. Our first stop was at the lookout on Lookout Trail. We spent a little time there looking for the raptors listed as migrating November 15th, which included: the Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Goshawk, and Vulture. Continue reading

DOC Little Buffalo Christmas Trails

DOC LogoOn Sat., Dec. 20th join the Duncannon Outdoor Club for a night out at the Little Buffalo State Park Christmas Trails.  This event is for the whole family, especially the little ones.  Learn about where common animals go in the winter, and then walk the quarter mile trail lit with lights and decorated with many Christmas displays.  Stop at the North  Pole to visit Santa and stop by for cookies and hot chocolate on the way.  We will meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center at 7:00 pm. to carpool.  Call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org to register.  Bring some money since donations are requested and a small fee may be asked for the hot chocolate and cookies.  Hope to see you there!

DOC Volunteer Opportunity

DOC LogoOn Sat., Dec. 6th join the Duncannon Outdoor Club as we help the workers at Little Buffalo State Park decorate for their Christmas Trails to be held Dec. 17th through the 23rd.  They are in need of volunteers to make this event a wonderful experience for all.  If interested in volunteering call 717-395-2462 or email dtakach@duncannonatc.org.   We will be helping from 1:00 to 4:00 pm,  We will meet at the Duncannon Family Health Center at 12:30 to carpool or at the park office at 1:00.  Please consider lending a hand for this free community service,