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Georgia Ridgerunners at Work

Supporting Hikers

Georgia AT-Club | 2015 Ridge Runners

Spring is a beautiful time in the Georgia mountains. Temperatures are warming up (we hope!), wildlife becomes more active, and trees and flowers begin to bloom. But, spring is also a challenging time on the AT in Georgia as hundreds of hikers set-out from Springer Mountain to begin their thru-hike.

Each spring, in cooperation with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the U.S. Forest Service, GATC supports seasonal staff on the Trail to assist hikers, promote Leave No Trace ethics, and provide timely information to the Club regarding trail damage. In 2015, please welcome Ridgerunner Tom Joyner and Springer Mountain Caretaker Mary Thurman. Additionally, for the first time in 2015, we have a trained volunteer Ridgerunner for the month of March. Read Jim Fetig's blog about his experience.

Ridgerunner Tom Joyner & Caretaker Mary Thurman