Posted by Jeff on Feb 16, 2021 7:44 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: February 15, 2021
If you’re thinking about hike the Appalachian Trail this year, think again.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is preventing people from hiking the entire 2,190 mile trail – called the trek – and has announced that it will not detect attempted treks until the coronavirus pandemic is “under control”.
The group that manages the multi-state trail also said it won’t be handing out hangtags, the plastic labels given to aspiring hikers to promote sustainable hiking practices and celebrate their attempt.
“Due to the pandemic and the risk that interstate travel could spread COVID-19 (including emerging variants that could be even more contagious), the ATC has advised hikers to postpone their treks until the CDC has identified the pandemic as’ under Control ”. or a COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment is widespread and common, ”the ATC said on its website.
“We do not consider it appropriate to provide a long-distance hiking reward that we actively advise against until one of the above conditions is met,” added the group.
The group said it hadn’t been handing out hangtags since March 2020 because of the pandemic.
Those who want to be considered hikers must cover the entire 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail in one trip in 12 months – although it typically takes anywhere from five to seven months.
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