The Official Newsletter of the Allentown Hiking Club
In July the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is going to have a conference in Ramapo, New Jersey . Hopefully I will be in
attendance. In a couple of the past newsletters, I have made several references to different conferences that I have
attended. My first AT conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia did more to bond me to the hiking community than any
other event. THESE PEOPLE HIKE! The word conference itself is enough to give me a case of the vapors. However,
the presentations, meetings, and workshops at the AT conference usually leave me uplifted and excited. Then of course
we have the hiking.
The AT Conservancy conference at Ramapo has a web site that is
exciting to me with its list of hikes, entertainment, conferences,
excursions and workshops.
It was a matter of a few days after the AT posted the website for 2007
(www.rampapo2007.org) that I submitted my registration and my
hope list of the hikes I was planning to participate in.
This will be the 7th conference that I will be attending. Some of the
conferences, I stayed for just a few days and some for the whole
Each conference had its own special character and memory. Since
my first conference was so exciting, I have found it difficult not to
compare. For example the next conference for me after Harrisonburg
was Maine. The Maine conference got off to a rough start as the hike
schedules got lost in cyber space. However it was not long before I
got together with other displaced hikers. Off we went (we are dealing
with real hikers here) to form some new exciting memories that included climbing my first 4,000 footer (Old Speck) and
climbing to table rock with the most delightful group of people one would ever hope to meet.
I have no idea how Ramapo will be. I wonder if it will run smoothly or have some bumps that we have to overcome.
What the weather will be like? Will it be balmy with blue skies and puffy