Take the 5 R’s of sustainability to the trail.

1) Rethink your consumption. In the long haul, higher quality, more expensive gear will last longer, perform better and leave a smaller footprint than cheaply made items that get thrown away sooner. 2) Reduce waste by consuming less.  Even small shifts in your buying behavior make a difference over time. At the grocery store, opt for bulk trail mix that you bag yourself rather than the prepackaged stuff. 3) Reinvent uses for existing items. Store an old CD in your daypack – it’s a great signaling mirror. 4) Repair your gear to extend its life. Contact the gear manufacturer to find out . For example, many LOWA boots can be repaired at their factory. Watch the video. 5) Recycle to reclaim raw materials.  ... Read more

Request a Volunteer Trail Crew for 2018

Land managers, volunteer coordinators, trail and park organizations...we want to send you hardworking and dedicated volunteers to fulfill your trail project needs in 2018!  We understand that with reduced budgets and limited resources, trail building and maintaining needs often get backlogged or remain incomplete.  Our Volunteer Vacations program is designed to send you a crew of eager volunteers, ready to assist with your trail needs. Volunteer Vacations are week long trail building/maintaining projects organized by American Hiking Society & hosted by BLM, NPS, USDA-FS, USFWS, state parks, trail organizations and other nonprofit partner groups across the country.  Most projects are one-week or shorter in length, consist of 6-15 crew members, and involve trail maintenance and building tasks on hiking trails ... Read more

American Hiking Seeks Director of Policy and Advocacy

American Hiking Society seeks a Director of Policy and Advocacy to work with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and conservation and recreation partners to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. POSITION SUMMARY The Director of Policy and Advocacy has primary responsibility for policy and government relations.  Responsibilities include advocating for funding and protection of hiking trails, promoting policies and practices that preserve natural areas, opposing policies detrimental to conservation and hiking, and promoting and protecting the hiking experience. The Director of Policy and Advocacy reports to the Executive Director.  As a part of AHS’s policy, this position can telecommute.  However, due to the frequency that this position needs to report to meetings and events in Washington, D.C., we are only ... Read more

Hiking to the Solar Eclipse

Imagine a morning hike for a purpose, for a reason you’ve never hiked before. You start out early, the crisp air an energy shot from nature. Perhaps the birds are acting a little different today, and you sense a buzz of something you can’t quite explain. The calendar says August 21, 2017. This is the day to be in Nature, to witness a celestial occurrence that people have been waiting 38 years for. The day when a total solar eclipse will sweep across parts of the continental United States. If you are in the path of the 70 mile wide ribbon that stretches from Oregon to the South Carolina; you will be able to witness the total eclipse. If ... Read more

Kid’s Hiking Poem or Prose Contest

When we hike with children, we see the world through their eyes. The patterns on the wings of a beetle, towering peaks peeking through swirling clouds, the earthy smell of leaves on a muddy trail. The places we have hiked over and over are suddenly new, vivid, and alive when we explore with young hikers. Do these young’ns ever wax poetic? We want to know what they have to say when they get out on trails surrounded by nature. Submit the following and your young hiker (up to age 18) could be featured in the Fall edition of American Hiker, American Hiking Society’s quarterly publication for members: a poem (a haiku is a fun simple option!) or prose under ... Read more

AHS Defending Trails in 2018 Budget Battle

July 7, 2017 - Today American Hiking Society, in coordination with our partners American Trails, Back Country Horsemen of America, and the Partnership for the National Trails System, submitted a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and their Subcommittees on the Interior encouraging Congress to adequately fund trails. As we noted earlier, the Administration's budget proposed draconian cuts to trails funding for 2018. While AHS well understands the fiscal reality of things, we also understand that trails, Are a good value. With volunteers contributing millions of hours and supporters donating millions of dollars to trail maintenance and and protection, federal funding is an investment that is leveraged to do substantially more work than the dollars being allocated. Are ... Read more

Giving Back Abroad

The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, and it is much further to Torres del Paine, Patagonia. From the San Francisco Bay Area, it requires more than two days of travel to reach this iconic hiking destination. My personal journey there was an even longer one, and led me to Conservation Volunteers International program, ConservationVIP® for short. For many years, I thought that the San Francisco Bay Area was the perfect place to live. The city of San Francisco is big enough to have interesting jobs, which was necessary for my work in the financial industry, but still small enough that it suited my “non-city” preference. The area has a mild climate year-round, which makes it easy ... Read more
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