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Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail


Speakers/Authors

Authors will be signing their books from
10:00-6:00 on Saturday and 11:00-5:00 Sunday
Hancock Park Main Stage


 
Featured Speaker
Jennifer Pharr-Davis


Saturday 2:00
Sunday 2:00

Hancock Park Main Stage

"The Pursuit of Endurance"

Jennifer Pharr Davis
Michelle Pugh
Michelle "Brownie" Pugh

Saturday 3:00
Sunday 1:00

Hancock Park Main Stage

"What's in Your Pack?"

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker, and National Geographic
Adventurer of the Year who has covered over 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents.

Jennifer has written six books, articles for the New York Times, Outside magazine, Backpacker, and Trail Runner, and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR's Talk of the Nation and the CBS Early Show. Her new book The Pursuit of Endurance (Viking) came out in April of 2018 and has been called "a captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off" (Kirkus Reviews).

Jennifer is a professional speaker who has shared her trail adventures across the United States and Europe. She is founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, a guiding service that strives "to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable" for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew and their five-year-old daughter Charley and their one-year-old son Gus.

Jennifer Pharr Davis

Author of:
The Pursuit of Endurance
and other books are available at jenniferpharrdavis.com
"Are you having trouble deciding what gear you need for a backpacking trip? Some hikers take everything including the portable backpacker's sink. Others go as far as sawing toothbrush handles to (literally) cut weight. Attend this session to learn how to decide what choices are right for you."

Michelle Pugh, Nationally-Registered Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and instructor for Off Grid Medic LLC, has worked in the emergency medical field for a decade. Her wilderness medical experience is balanced with comprehensive wilderness field experience. She's completed six long-distance backpacking trips, has authored two books on backpacking, and currently works as a residential Camp Director and Manager of Outdoor Program and Leadership for the Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands. Michelle believes the wilderness is the ideal place for individuals of all ages to learn leadership, self-awareness, and life preparedness skills. She loves sharing her passion for the outdoors with others in any format available.


Michelle Pugh book
Author of:
Love at First Hike: A Story of Love & Triumph on the Appalachian Trail
is available at Amazon.com



book
Author of:
Lost and Found: A John Muir Trail Thru-Hike
is available at Amazon.com

Mark Warren
Author, Naturalist, and Director of Medicine Bow

Survival Tricks of the Trail
Saturday 4:00
Plants of the Cherokee
Sunday 3:00
Hancock Park Main Stage
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Mark Warren
Mark Dejong
Michelle Pugh

Mark DeJong
and
Michelle Pugh


Saturday 12:00
Sunday 4:00
Hancock Park Main Stage

Wilderness First Aid Series
Survival Tricks of the Trail: I will discuss some easy-to-use medicines for trail hikers, most of this coming from easy-to-identify plants encountered in the forest and field. This will include remedies for bee sting, fire ants, stinging nettle, poison ivy, nausea, mouth sores, minor infection, food- or water-poisoning, constipation, and diarrhea. Also included will be effective insect repellents from certain trees. And last I will present tips for successfully observing wildlife.

Plants of the Cherokee: A walk around the park area to learn about botanical resources utilized by the Cherokee for foods, medicines, and crafts. This latter category will extend into the areas of fire-making, bows and arrows, cordage, baskets, and fishing techniques.

Mark is a naturalist, author of books on Cherokee lore, and Director of Medicine Bow, a "primitive school of earthlore. At Medicine Bow, his school in the Southern Appalachians, he teaches nature classes and survival skills of the Cherokees. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia's Conservation Educator of the Year in 1980. In 1998 Mark became the U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and in 1999 he won the World Championship Longbow title. Mark has written extensively about nature for magazines.




Mark Warren Books
Mark Warren Books
Mark Warren Books
Mark Warren Books

Author of:
Secrets of the Forest series
www.medicinebow.net

Soft Tissue Injuries in the Wilderness: "Abrasions, contusions, lacerations, impaled objects, puncture wounds, avulsions and amputations: Would you know what to do? This session will not only visually demonstrate these injuries, but also outline treatment guidelines when help is hours or days away."

Medical Kit Mentality: "You may have a medical kit, but do you really know what's in it? Check out this informative session, presented by leaders in the field of wilderness medicine, and configure your medical kit for maximum efficiency."


Mark DeJong, Nationally-Registered Paramedic and founder of Off Grid Medic LLC, has over 22 years of experience in treating victims of trauma and sudden illness. Mark has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a certified Paramedic Instructor. As part of a military assignment, he spent two years providing remote medical care to the indigenous people of the Philippines, where his passions for medicine and primitive living fused together. He serves on the Advisory Council at the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, and has trained alongside elite members of the US Army and the US Marshalls Service. Mark has served in several medical roles from field Paramedic, to Director of Emergency Medical Services for a rural system, to faculty at the Technical College System of Georgia.

He considers himself a lifelong learner and, when not immersed in medical material, Mark continues to hone his primitive living skills. He is often spotted making improvements to his seasonal residence, the Tarp Mahal, at the Georgia Bushcraft Base Camp. His teaching style is very interactive and informal, and he frequently uses personal experiences and humor to reinforce his material.

Michelle Pugh, Nationally-Registered Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and instructor for Off Grid Medic LLC, has worked in the emergency medical field for a decade. Her wilderness medical experience is balanced with comprehensive wilderness field experience. She's completed six long-distance backpacking trips, has authored two books on backpacking, and currently works as a residential Camp Director and Manager of Outdoor Program and Leadership for the Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands. Michelle believes the wilderness is the ideal place for individuals of all ages to learn leadership, self-awareness, and life preparedness skills. She loves sharing her passion for the outdoors with others in any format available.

ORee Crittenden

Sunday 11:00 am
Hancock Park

"An Adventure in the Theater of the Mind"

Oree Crittenden
hikerpanel
Thru Hikers

Saturday 1:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm
Hancock Park Main Stage

"Thru Hiker Panel"

Many years ago I had dreams of participating in an AT trail hike and then had them dashed by a spinal cord injury. For the years before my injury I often dreamed and talked about making an attempt at an AT hike. Scratch that, for an AT hike I figured my chances were slim to almost none to fill that exhilaration. As time went on and I grew within my disability, I gained many skills that helped me to pursue other meaningful Adventures.

But still the call of the wilderness was there. Over the years of my friendship with high school classmates on Facebook I often saw them post pictures and comment on them. At one point a few years ago I ran into a classmate, Lee Griffith, and asked if he thought he could get me back out on the trail. Some time passed and then one Christmas holiday I messaged him directly on Facebook and said did you really think you could get me back out on the trail!? Shortly thereafter a message came through with a definitive yes. The rest of the tale only Trail family can really understand, but I like to share my thoughts in memories for all those who dare to take an Adventure in the Theater of the Mind.

Oree Crittenden

Watch the video, ORee on the AT

Check out my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ORee480
Come hear our panel of hikers who have thru hiked the Appalachian Trail and some that have done other long distance trails. Bring your questions, as this session is audience question driven. Get several perspectives, as there is no one way to long distance hike.


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