American Long-distance hiking association-west 

 

save the date for our 2021 virtual rucks!

What's a Ruck?

It's an educational event organized by hikers for hikers and prospective hikers to share knowledge and talk about nerdy hiking stuff that your family is tired of listening to.

Who attends?

Everyone is welcome, from repeat thru-hiking aficionados to those who are beginning to toy with the idea of partaking in a long-distance hike.

How do I sign up?

Go to our events page and register!

 

Each Ruck will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Annual membership is $15. If you'd like to attend but cannot due to cost, or if you would like to sponsor a scholarship, please reach out to secretary@aldhawest.org. If you're not a member yet, become a member.

BLACK LIVES MATTER 

ALDHA-West stands in solidarity with the BIPOC community. We believe that long distance trails and all public lands should be accessible, safe, and welcoming spaces for people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. We recognize that the outdoors, and specifically long distance trails, have not been a welcoming and safe space for Black hikers and hikers of color. 

 

ALDHA-West is committed to doing better and to demonstrating our commitment through action. Changes we will implement immediately include:

  • Showcasing a more diverse group of speakers at our events

  • Collaborating with more diverse groups within the hiking and backpacking community

  • Representing more diverse images on our online platforms

  • Seeking the perspective of more diverse groups in our Gazette articles

  • Providing fair compensation for the work and input of members of the BIPOC community

  • Developing a mentorship database to connect potential long distance hikers to more seasoned hikers who share similar life experiences

  • Offering Ruck attendance scholarships to members of the BIPOC community 

  • Providing a welcoming atmosphere online and at our live events for Black hikers and hikers of color

  • Continuing to seek diversity on our Board, in our membership, and in our volunteers

  • Educating ourselves and our community on how the public lands system and systemic racism has prevented Black people and other people of color from accessing public lands and feeling safe in nature

 

ALDHA-West is committed to making justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion a cornerstone of our organization, and we are in it for the long haul. We welcome your thoughts on how we can further this commitment in addition to what we’ve listed here. To share your feedback, email us at secretary@aldha-west.org.

2021 Online Ruck Schedule

Jan 27 5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET

Thru-hiking Fundamentals

Resupply, Budgeting, Navigation using Apps, Leave No Trace and Intro to Ultralight Gear

Feb 9 5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET

Affinity Spaces: FREE to all

Women & Nonbinary Folks, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Older Hikers, and more

Feb 25 5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET

Thru-hiking Advanced Topics

Extremes (snow, rivers, desert), DIY Gear, Reading Backcountry Weather, Cooking & Dehydrators, High Mileage, and Giving Back

Mar 10 5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET

Trail-specific Sessions

PCT, CDT, JMT, AZT, TRT, PNT, High Routes, and Section Hiking

All Rucks (except the Affinity Spaces, which are free) will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members. If you'd like to attend but cannot due to cost, or if you would like to sponsor a scholarship please reach out to secretary@aldhawest.org

LATEST NEWS
covid-19 response

We want to thank you. Thank you for staying home, even though faraway mountains call to all of us. Thank you for heeding the advice put forward by organizations like the PCTACDTC, and ATC and making the gut-wrenching decisions that you have to make to support the trails and community that we love in light of COVID-19.

Much in the same way that land management agencies restrict permits to protect the pristine places we treasure, now respective authorities are...

To inspire, educate and promote fellowship among long     distance hikers and those who support long-distance hiking.

Our MISSION
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about us

The American Long-Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West) is an organization of individuals interested in the pursuit of all aspects of long-distance hiking. Our membership covers a wide range of ages, from teenagers to octogenarians, and many experience levels, from wannabes to members who’ve logged tens of thousands of trail miles spanning the globe.

 

ALDHA-West provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on every aspect, from gear, food, travel, dangers, expectations, trail weather, all the way to how to ease back into normal life after months on the trail.

 

Many of our members have hiked all three of America’s premier long-distance trail, the Appalachian Trail (2160 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 mile), and the Continental Divide Trail (3100 miles). To honor these individuals and their enormous accomplishment, we initiated the Triple Crown of Hiking Award. Each Fall at our annual Gathering, a new crop of inductees are presented their awards.

 

We also publish the Gazette, an online newsletter which highlights many aspects of long-distance hiking.

 

Lastly, we offer a source for inspiration. Each year at The Gathering hikers put on video talks and slide shows of previous hikes. These forums plant the seeds of new hikes we’ll strive to do in the future.

OUR EVENTS
  • RSVP Closed
    An Online Social Long-Distancing Event
    Now available online at: www.aldhawest.org
covid-19 response

We'd all hoped the coronavirus would be under control by now. Unfortunately, we're in the middle of another wave here in the US - and though vaccinations have begun, it'll be a while yet until they are available to everyone.  We recognize the situation is always evolving, and that various areas and organizations may make different determinations.  Due to the number of unknowns, our guidance for individuals at this juncture is the following:

 

  • When possible, hike local and hike self-sustained or supported by a fellow pod member

  •  Follow all laws and local guidelines (check with trail organizations and local land management agencies)

  • Have plans that include alternates in case areas are closed or too crowded

  • Be prepared for facilities to be closed, and respect those closures

  • Carry a mask, hand sanitizer, and soap

  • Maintain social distancing and wear your mask around others

  • Be prepared to self-quarantine for two weeks, should you start showing symptoms

 

Hikes completed to receive ALDHA - West's Triple Crown of Hiking award will continue to be recognized on the honor system. We ask that all applicants who have hiked in 2020 or 2021 submit their applications in good faith and only if their hikes were completed while permitted by the corresponding trail organizations and while it was legally permissible to do so. Hikes that receive news or social media coverage where a hiker is in clear violation of the law will be subject to additional scrutiny and may be ineligible to receive recognition through ALDHA-West.

 

As things change approaching this hiking season, we will do our best to keep links on the ALDHA-West Homepage to the Triple Crown trail associations' recommendations, so that you'll have all that information in one place. Thank you for doing your part to bring the pandemic to an end!

To inspire, educate and promote fellowship among long     distance hikers and those who support long-distance hiking.

Our MISSION
Group Gathering 2019.jpg

about us

The American Long-Distance Hiking Association-West (ALDHA-West) is an organization of individuals interested in the pursuit of all aspects of long-distance hiking. Our membership covers a wide range of ages, from teenagers to octogenarians, and many experience levels, from wannabes to members who’ve logged tens of thousands of trail miles spanning the globe.

 

ALDHA-West provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on every aspect, from gear, food, travel, dangers, expectations, trail weather, all the way to how to ease back into normal life after months on the trail.

 

Many of our members have hiked all three of America’s premier long-distance trail, the Appalachian Trail (2160 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 mile), and the Continental Divide Trail (3100 miles). To honor these individuals and their enormous accomplishment, we initiated the Triple Crown of Hiking Award. Each Fall at our annual Gathering, a new crop of inductees are presented their awards.

 

We also publish the Gazette, an online newsletter which highlights many aspects of long-distance hiking.

 

Lastly, we offer a source for inspiration. Each year at The Gathering hikers put on video talks and slide shows of previous hikes. These forums plant the seeds of new hikes we’ll strive to do in the future.

OUR EVENTS
  • Membership Offer
    Thru-Hiking Fundamentals
    Have you or anyone you know ever considered thru-hiking? Join us for a discussion on the fundamentals of thru-hiking. We will be covering Resupply Strategy, Budgeting, Intro to Ultralight Gear, Navigation Using Apps, and the Principals of Leave No Trace!
  • Affinity Networking Spaces
    Looking to share space with long-distance hikers and aspiring hikers who share some of your identities? Want to ask questions specific to those identities in a safer space? Join ALDHA-West for FREE Affinity Networking spaces at the second ruck of the 2021 season.

ALDHA-West recognizes those individuals who have hiked, in their entirety, the complete lengths of the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  For hikers who have completed all trails ALDHA-West presents the official “Triple Crown of Hiking”.The award is given as a plaque and personalized poster if the individual ...

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ALDHA-West recognizes those individuals who have hiked, in their entirety, the complete lengths of the Appalachian Trail, The Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  For hikers who have completed all trails ALDHA-West presents the official “Triple Crown of Hiking”.The award is given as a plaque and personalized poster if the individual ...

THE GAZEtte

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