An on-line survey is now available for an academic study which seeks to understand the value, meaning and therapeutic notions of the Appalachian Trail thru-hiking experience. All current and alumni thru-hikers are invited to participate. The study inquires into characteristics of a thru-hiker’s experience such as escapism, solitude, identity, perseverance, challenges, meaningful places, hospitality, community, connection to nature and spirituality.
I have been in contact Dick and Dawn from Shaw's Lodging in Monson ME. It seems that rumors have been going up the trail that they are closed this year. This is not true. Shaw’s will be open this season (2013) with all the services they have always offered. Shaw’s is for sale but they will still be hosting hikers this year.
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I received this from the manager of The Mountain Goat outfitter in Hanover, NH.
I was the manager of The Mountain Goat outfitter in Hanover, NH. We went out of business on March 30th. Unfortunately, the news about us having to close came after the publication of the 2013 ALDHA Companion and Awol's AT Guide.
The Post Office in town has been notified to hold packages marked "Hold for AT Hiker" if one is sent to the store through the postal service. I am deeply saddened by this sudden and inconvenient loss of the store. The Hanover Friends of the AT group is working to staunch the loss of services this closure threatens. I am contacting other outfitters to spread the word. Please note that The Mountain Goat in Manchester, VT is unaffected- they were not affiliated with our business. Feel free to contact me with questions, and if you are able to post this notice, I will be most grateful.
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