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  • 24 Jul 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous

     Margaret Crate passed away on April 25th, 2020 during Covid restrictions.  Though her family received many cards and condolences from her friends and family members, and we were comforted by the wishes of our friends, we never had the opportunity to gather friends and family in her memory.  We would like to invite those who knew and loved her and for whom it is convenient, to meet with the family at the Pat Parker Pavilion at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, VA from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, July 24th.  Come and celebrate her life, and enjoy the kind of beautiful outdoor setting that she cherished.

  • 14 Jul 2021 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    When: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7pm – 9pm

    Where: Online via Zoom (link to be sent out over email)

    Contact: Lee Lohman president@tidewateratc.com

    Description: TATC General Membership Meeting

    Program: TBD

  • 7 Jul 2021 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    We invite everyone with a love of trails to help us celebrate 100 years of Appalachian Trail history during the virtual A.T. Vista, on August 7 and 8. On both days, all along the A.T. and on nearby trails, guided hikes will be available to join in for the fun. You can also “hike your own hike” along the trail of your choice.

    Official A.T. Vista hikes are being organized in the following states:


    North Carolina


    West Virginia




    New Jersey

    New York



    Details for the scheduled hiking program signups and recorded workshops will become available by mid-July at www.atvista2021.org

    Additional posts to promote the links to the scheduled hikes and pre-recorded workshops will be sent by mid-July.


    Follow A.T. Vista using the following social media links:





    We appreciate your support and look to a great inauguration program.


    A.T. Vista Committee


  • 18 Jun 2021 7:16 PM | Anonymous
    Had a super Trail work trip these past two days.  Completed a ton of work as per attached work report.  Excellent weather with warm campfires each night at our base camp at Sherando Lake.  Essentially, we completed trail maintenance and trimming on the AT from Reeds Gap to Maupin Field.  Heavy growth in the Reeds Gap field area and on top of Meadow Mountain.  Also heavy growth among the camp sites in the Maupin Field area. We also completed trimming out the FS road from Love Gap to Maupin field (30 total man hours) which also had heavy growth.  It looks that the area has been getting quite a bit of rain, some apparently heavy.

    I will scan and send on the TATC Activity Sign Up sheet documents when I get back home and have access to a scanner.  Participants were Jim Newman (section leader for Reeds Gap to Maupin Field) and Milton 

    Beale.  The Forest Service provided String Trimmers, Chain Saw, and Self Propelled Lawn mower, and camping at CCC Kitchen.

    Milton and I plan to stay on at Sherando to help with a major project at the lower lake beach area tomorrow.

    Let me know if you need anything else.



    Peter Burch

  • 18 Jun 2021 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Hi everyone!
    This week was pretty eventful here in the Tye River area despite hiking on very well-maintained sections of the trail. (Way to go NBATC!) Hikers are loving the 100 anniversary hangtags. Special shout out to Brian, Kurt and Aaron for responding to reports of a mentally unwell woman at punchbowl shelter. We are hoping she decided to get off trail at some point and Brian spoke to her yesterday. She is still on trail as far as we know but has not threatened anyone or herself. She is allegedly leaving a lot of graffiti and hanging paper notes. I will do my best to keep on top of this and continue removing graffiti where it is reported, or I find it.  I hope you all had a great week and look forward to the tidewater meeting this week. 


    Mia Fernandez

  • 15 Jun 2021 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    I am looking for a few volunteers who might be interested in helping me work the Love Gap Fire Road off of the Blue Ridge Parkway and my Section of the AT. The plan would be for a two-day work trip, string trimming the shoulders of the fire road and the paths in the Maupin Field shelter area one day and swing blading, cleaning water bars from Maupin Field to Gid Spring the next day.   All tools, power trimmers, etc. would be provided. The dates would be June 15-17th, Tuesday thru Thursday, interested people can text/call my cell or email me.

    Pete Burch

  • 15 Jun 2021 8:58 PM | Anonymous

    Take a hike on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), no matter where you are!

    From now until June 30, you can unlock the A.T. on the Walk the Distance app when you donate $5 or more to the ATC! Your donation helps us on our mission to protect, manage, and advocate for the Trail.

    Walk the Distance uses your daily steps tracked through your smartphone and converts them to miles hiked on the Trail. You can track where you would currently be on a northbound A.T. hike, and you can see other users completing the same route. Checkpoints along the virtual footpath highlight trivia on iconic views, shelters, ATC projects, and more, providing fun facts and Trail history on your virtual journey!

    Visit appalachiantrail.org/walk-june to donate and get your code today!


    Walk the Distance is now available for both iOS and Android devices! Your A.T. map download code will work for both the iPhone and Android versions of the Walk the Distance app.

    To receive your code, you must make a donation at either appalachiantrail.org/walk-june or by clicking the button above.

    This offer ends on June 30, so donate today and join us for a virtual walk on the Trail!

    Happy walking!

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Team

  • 9 Jun 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    TATC Club members, the time has finally arrived. The Board reviewed Commonwealth and CDC COVID guidance and decided to withdraw TATC’s COVID restrictions on our activities.

    To celebrate, our General Membership meeting on June 9th will be in-person, outside, and with food (if you bring it) at Portsmouth City Park from 5-8 pm at the double shelter near the water.

    The social festivities (eating and chatting) start at 5:00 pm. At 7:00 pm, we’ll start a gear giveaway. Bring camping, hiking, paddling gear that you no longer need and want to get out of your garage or attic. Be prepared to take home anything that no one takes.

  • 7 Jun 2021 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    Many groups do activities areas prone to dangerous ticks and mosquitoes, and the range for diseases like Zika, West Nile, and Lyme Disease is growing. Our organization, The Tick and Mosquito Project, focuses on providing content that people in tick and mosquito-prone areas might find useful.  You can find it here ( https://control-mosquitoes.com).  We provide information on controlling mosquitoes and ticks, two creatures that are not only annoying, but also very real public safety issues.

  • 2 Jun 2021 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    TATC's 50th Anniversary

    Did you know the year 2022 is a big deal?  

    Yes, it was the first year of the British Society for Mathematics.  

    Also, it is the 50th anniversary of TATC’s founding in 1972!!

    So, we plan to celebrate this important milestone with an event, and we need help to plan it, to organize it and to “git ‘er done.”

    This message is from Steve Clayton and I will be the chair of a committee to do this, but we need a handful of members to be on the committee to help with establishing a date, a venue, publicity, a program, food, etc.  The Board is looking to this committee to make recommendations on these things, along with a budget.  I think it would be great to have a mix of new and old members.  No experience with events like this is necessary – only the commitment and enthusiasm to help.

    To start, I anticipate a few Zoom meetings, beginning soon, followed by less frequent meetings as we get things decided and approved.  

    Will you join me in support of this great TATC endeavor?  If you can serve on the planning committee or have questions or ideas, please contact me at: secretary@tidewateratc.com

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