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Introducing GA4000, Georgia’s Highpoint Challenge

GATC announces the launch of a new hiking challenge, GA4000.  Designed for members, hiking enthusiasts, adventurers, explorers and anyone who has done it all outside, GA4000 is a fun and challenging way to experience the Georgia mountain wilderness.  The program involves reaching the summit of Georgia’s 31 qualifying peaks over 4000 feet in elevation.

GA4000 rules will soon be available on the GATC website along with program details and the list of qualifying peaks.  Individuals tackle the GA4000 challenge at their own pace, select their own routes and record their own progress.  All of the peaks can be reached on day trips.  If you prefer group hikes, the GATC will have a series of guided hikes in 2016 to many of the more remote GA4000 summits.

More details will be available on this site soon or you can contact Lars Holmquist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

October, 2015

All the news in this month’s column is about thru-hikers – of both the real life and movie variety.  When Benton MacKaye first dreamed up the idea of the Appalachian Trail, he did not intend it for long distance hiking.  Nevertheless, since 1948 when Earl Schaeffer first hiked the entire trail, there have been an increasing number of hearty souls who have attempted to go all 2,189 miles.  This year there were an estimated 3,000 who took on that challenge.  I’m proud to say that my daughter Leigh Rothermel – trail name Starcrunch – was the 429th thru-hiker to finish at the top of Mt. Katahdin this year!  Her dad and I were able to do that last very difficult climb with her to help her celebrate her accomplishment.  She had a wonderful time and met many, many amazing people on her journey.  Thanks to all the GATC members who supported and encouraged her by following her blog.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it yet, you can access it through this link:

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March 18, 2015

We have been notified of two prescribed burns taking place today.  One will affect primarily the Duncan Ridge area, the other could minimally impact the A.T. from Hawk Mountain to Hightower Gap.  For more information, please visit the USFS website.


February 18, 2015

The following notice was received today from the USFS:

As many of you know, we’ve had some significant winter weather in most of North Georgia over the past few days.  After a preliminary assessment of the impacts on yesterday, we’ve found that many of our Forest Service Roads are impassable and riddled with downed trees and power lines.

 Access to and within the Jake and Bull Trail System has been deemed impassable.

Travel to Springer Mountain is not advised, as routes to Springer are currently hazardous for travel.  Trees that have accumulated ice are weakened and subject to falling with high winds.

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GATC Mission Statement

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public.  The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

C-ONFAll of the A.T. in Georgia falls within the Forest.

Leave No Trace

Practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC manages all aspects of the A.T. from Georgia to Maine.