Jeff Ryan, Author & Speaker

Appalachian Trail Conservancy urges hikers to postpone their thru-hikes or section hikes effective immediately

On March 17, 2020, Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy posted an open letter urging hikers to postpone AT hikes due to concerns related to the Coronavirus.

While spending time on the AT may seem a great place to be given the need for “social distancing” the ATC lists several concerns with taking that approach — reduced support options along the trail being one of them. Many hostels have shut down, many stores have extremely limited supplies and the risk for sharing the virus within trail communities and among hikers is high.

Therefore, the ATC is urging people who have not started their hikes to stay home and those who are currently on the trail to go home.

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Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His debut book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America's trail was hailed by the former Executive Editor of National Geographic as "a classic of nature and travel writing" and set off a national tour (in a 1985 VW camper, no less). His books are known for weaving a deep appreciation for history into walks across contemporary landscapes that give readers the feeling they are hiking right alongside. When Jeff isn't trekking, chasing down a great story or spinning yarns from his keyboard, he enjoys sharing his adventures with audiences who love the outdoors. He spends much of his time in his beloved native state of Maine.

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