A.T. Vista Inauguration to Be Conducted in 2021 and 2022
Be a Part of the History!
With the great news of vaccines for COVID-19, the planning team for the inaugural A.T. Vista has updated the program to provide for both a virtual experience in 2021 and an in-person experience for 2022. This expanded program presents a great opportunity to allow wide participation each year, and we seek assistance from your club members.
We know it has been since 2017 that we’ve been together to spend time on the trail, learn, and socialize together; however, the uncertainties involved in rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations has led us to avoid a trail-wide in-person event in 2021. We want the inaugural A.T. Vista to be memorable and this expanded two-year program rollout will allow us to develop and maintain momentum so that we can continue to share in the great camaraderie of the kindred spirits that cherish the Appalachian Trail.
As we want to continue to honor the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Benton MacKaye's 1921 article, “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning,” the 2021 A.T. Vista program will be conducted with dispersed local hiking opportunities all along the Appalachian Trail (and perhaps even elsewhere!) plus virtual gatherings providing an opportunity for participants at any location to follow the hikes online as photos and videos are posted.
For the 2021 program, we are seeking hiking leaders from trail clubs to conduct small group hikes along the Appalachian Trail and other trails in your serving area. We are also seeking workshop proposals for topics that are conducive to an online presentation.
We anticipate the 2021 program to be a multi-day event with virtual experiences available August 7-8, 2021. A general itinerary is below (details are in process and expected to be released by April 2021):
Saturday and Sunday, August 7/8 from 8 AM to 5 PM: Local hikes to be conducted along the Appalachian Trail (and other trails in your area). Afternoon and Evening: Pictures and videos from these hikes to be uploaded and shared as armchair activities to engage people with various fun facts and opportunities for viewers to experience the hikes vicariously.
Sunday, August 8 - Various online workshop tracks
We are still working out many details for this expanded program while we continue to pursue the in-person program now scheduled for August 5-8, 2022, at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz.