Posts Tagged With: Appalachian Trail

New Book Information Available

We have recently made new information available regarding our upcoming book “Tales From The AT”.  The new section is titled, “About The Author“.  We hope you will check this out at your next opportunity.

As always, Happy Hiking!

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Experiences On The AT

Appalachian Services has temporarily suspended its hiker support services due to the death of an immediate family member who was integral to its proper operation.  In the interim we are attempting to complete a book we began compiling in 2014 chronicling hiker experiences on, and around, the Appalachian Trail.  For more information regarding this book, and/or to submit information regarding your own experiences on the AT, please go to https://TalesFromTheAT.wordpress.com.

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Discounts – Update

Our “Discounts” page has been updated with two new discounts added.  Please click HERE for more information.

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Concealed Weapon Policy

A new page, “Concealed Weapon Policy”, has been added to our website.  Check it out by clicking HERE.

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Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

It’s a shame when hikers behavior on the AT is so bad it makes national news, but it’s even worse when this behavior is causing Baxter State Park officials and ATC administration to consider changing the end point from Katahdin to another location thus shortening the trail.  😦 Here’s a link to the full story as reported by Associated Press’ Alanna Durkin on 30AUG2015 and posted on Yahoo!© https://www.yahoo.com/movies/s/hikers-behaving-badly-appalachian-trail-partying-raises-ire-134417126.html

 

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Inside A Walk in the Woods

Another great articles from Mountain Crossings At Neel Gap. 🙂

Mountain Crossings at Neel Gap

As many fans of the Appalachian Trail are already aware, the release of Bill Bryson’s popular book A Walk in the Woods is just around the corner. Labor Day marks the premiere of the movie adaptation of one of the most well known books written about the AT. Though Bryson did not successfully thru hike the Appalachian Trail, in his book he excellently captured the spirit of the trail and the lives of thru hikers in a most hilarious way. In the making of the movie, the cast and crew went to great lengths to pay the proper homage and to bring to light those who keep the spirit of the AT bright and shining. Many iconic stops along the Appalachian Trail were used as filming locations including Amicaloa Lodge and Springer Mountain. Last summer, well over a year ago, the crew came up to Neel Gap to film the main…

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A Walk In The Woods Movie

The “A Walk In The Woods” movie is scheduled to be released Wednesday, September 02, 2015. This is the movie version of the famous, or perhaps I should say infamous, best-selling book of the same title written by Bill Bryson. The movie stars, among others, Robert Redford in the role of Bill Bryson, Nick Nolte as Katz, and Emma Thompson as Bill Bryson’s Wife.

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How to Eat Well on Trail

This is a subject I was going to address over the winter for new hikers starting next season, however as the saying goes, “Why re-invent the wheel?” I hope you enjoy this very informative and well written post by Mountain Crossings At Neel Gap. 🙂

Mountain Crossings at Neel Gap

When you are spending an entire day transporting everything you need to survive up and over mountains, food becomes amplified in importance. It is no longer just three meals a day;  it is the gasoline that fuels us forward; it is a currency; it is a reward as precious as a pot of gold for a long, hard day’s work! Thankfully for backpackers, you can’t over eat on the trail and, while some foods will take you farther than others, “unhealthy” foods hardly exist. If it has calories, you should eat it. The trick is maintaining enough creativity to keep you munching despite the limitations of a full kitchen. When on trail, there is no wrong way to eat. At the same time, it can be hard to get it right. The key is to simply keep eating!!

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day they say. This is even more true…

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Discounts

We are both proud of, and appreciate, the services provided by the Military, Law Enforcement, Public Safety/EMS, Scoutmasters (both male and female), and last, but certainly not least, Teachers/Instructors/Professors.  In order to show our gratitude we gladly offer shuttle rate discounts to those who are involved in any of the above fields of employment.  Simply let us know this when you email (if your email address does not reflect it) and we will apply the discount to your rate.  Should your email address not reflect one of the above fields of employment a work/government ID may be required.  We also applaud those who are pursuing “higher education”, so if you are a college or university student let us know, then show us your current/valid student ID at the time of your shuttle.

Everyone enjoys a discount even if they don’t “fit” any of the above categories, right? Well,there are two other ways to get a discount on your shuttle(s).

The First Way – If you don’t qualify for any of the above, but know someone who does, refer them to us. If they tell us you referred them at the time they schedule one of our services, then you will get a discount on your rate also. How’s that for a deal?  ** Ask For Details **

The Second Way – If you still don’t qualify for a listed discount, but would like a discounted shuttle rate anyway, hike during the “off-season”.  We always discount our rates from October thru January.  Late Fall and Winter hiking is more fun than you may realize.  In fact, that’s when we usually hike.   There are far fewer bugs, much less hiker traffic which means more solitude and shelters which are not crowded, the views are much better (not that we have anything against foliage), and the body heat generated while hiking works to your advantage rather than against you.  If you haven’t tried it, perhaps you should do so this year.  You’ll be glad you did.  🙂

Sorry, we do not allow the “stacking” of discounts, i.e. the discounted winter rate plus a discounted employment/student rate.  Also, you can not “stack” referral discounts, however they can be saved up and used on subsequent hikes.  ** Ask For Details **

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About Us

Appalachian Services® is a trip-by-trip personal transportation service providing both one-time and multi-trip contract transportation for individuals or small groups. We are neither a taxi nor a limousine service. Our mission is to provide dependable, safe, and affordable transportation and support services to hikers, backpackers, and other clients.

We began in 2001 as a support and transportation service for hikers on the Appalachian Trail as well as shorter trails in, or near, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  In 2003 we expanded into providing non-emergency transportation to non-hikers for things like doctor/dentist visits, physical therapy sessions, cancer treatments, and trips to/from airports and bus stations.  In 2005 we added providing long-distance transportation to those who do not like the hassle of flying or the long delays encountered when traveling by bus.  We also included relocating vehicles for both hikers and those who are moving but do not wish to, or are unable to, drive their vehicle to their new residence.  Also in 2005 we expanded our services to hikers on the Bartram, Benton MacKaye, and Mountains-To-Sea Trails.   In 2012, we offered support and transportation services to cyclists (bicycles).  During the 2013 hiking season we entered into a co-op agreement with Bill’s Wheels of Georgia and Bill’s Wheels – Gatlinburg, TN in order to provide more reliable, consistent support to hikers on the AT during high-volume periods and winter storms.  Even more services are planned for the near future.  If there is any service you need that is not listed here please let us know and we will accommodate your needs if at all possible.

We heartily welcome international travelers, and have provided services for people from around the world.  If you are an international traveler and are considering using our transportation services please see the “International Travelers” tab of this website for more information.

For more information on any of the above please click on the appropriate tab at the top of this page.  To schedule a shuttle or other service please click on the convenient CONTACT US link at the top of this page.  Your personal information will not be visible to other users.

Thank you for your interest in our service(s).  🙂

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Availability

We have been considered an “all-year” service provider since 2001.  As such we were available to provide any/all of our services each month of the year.  Unfortunately that availability needed to be changed in September 2013 due to a medical condition affecting an out-of-state family member.  After over a year away we resumed providing all hiker support services on 28DEC2014 and intend to continue doing so throughout the 2015 hiking season.

For a list of holidays we will be closed this year see the list posted below.  We are closed each Sunday until approximately 2PM.

We will pick clients up at just about any hour, however extremely early or extremely late shuttles are priced differently than “standard” shuttles.  For more information regarding this please click on the “Fees And Rates” tab at the top of this page.

 

Last-Minute Shuttles

We are more than happy to help hikers out when plans fall through, they get the sudden urge to hike, or have an injury / illness that needs attention and there is a need to contact us at the last-minute.  Since there is no way for us to plan ahead for these things we often have to change our personal plans, re-direct resources, or miss a meal.  We will gladly make this accommodation if possible, however please have the common courtesy, and decency, to wait for us to get to you after calling for our assistance.  Fuel is expensive, and during the season time is at a premium.  “Catching a ride” with someone else, or simply disappearing before we (or any other shuttle provider) can get there, is rude and unthoughtful.  Please don’t treat our desire to help you out any differently than you would like to be treated under the same circumstances.

 

HOLIDAYS  CLOSED

Easter – 9 Days – Monday, 30MAR – Monday, 07APR2015

Memorial Day –  1 Day – Monday, 25MAY2015

Father’s Day – 4 Days – Thursday, 18JUN – Tuesday, 23JUN2015

Independence Day – 1 Day – Saturday, 04JUL2015

Veteran’s Day – 1 Day – Wednesday, 11NOV2015

Thanksgiving Day – 1 Day – Thursday, 26NOV2015

Christmas – 24 Days – Thursday, 10DEC2015 – Saturday, 02JAN2016

 

 For more information please click on the convenient “Contact Us” link at the top of each page.  None of the information you enter there is visible to other visitors to this site.

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OVER 470 MILES OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL UNDER WINTER STORM WARNING

The National Weather Service has placed over 470 miles of the AT under a Winter Storm Warning. This area stretches from Springer Mountain, GA up to, and past, Damascus, VA. Hikers already on the trail are urged to take shelter and stay there until the storm passes, and hikers who have not yet begun their hike are warned to postpone their plans until the weather clears.


http://www.weather.gov/
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0100.html

 

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been so hard hit by previous storms that all roads in the park have been closed for days with only sporadic, short-term openings.

 

UPDATE: Effective 12 NOON 27FEB2015 This Warning Has Been Canceled

 

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