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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


 
Mark Clegg
Author

Mountain Miles
Section Hiking the Southern AT


Saturday 1:00

Hancock Park Main Stage
Mark Clegg

I am going to discuss the main themes of my book, which is very much a "smell the roses" narrative of section hiking the southern Appalachian Trail. I will delve deeply into some of the history of the lands adjacent to the trail, particularly in north Georgia, where my ancestors led particularly interesting and colorful lives.  The biodiversity of the trail and the threats caused by the inundation of hikers and climate change will be topics.  Finally, I will examine the unique subculture of hikers and what we in a divided society can learn from them today.

Mark Clegg book

Author of:
Mountain Miles: A Memoir of Section Hiking
the Southern Appalachian Trail

Amazon.com
Thomas Odom
Long Distance Hiker, Cross Country Cycler

My Life of Adventure

Saturday 2:00

Hancock Park Main Stage
Thomas Odom

I am a NGCSU Business Marketing Major who graduated in 2008. I am married to the amazing Mallory Odom who is also a NGCSU Alum. We have one son, Samuel. I was in the corps of cadets for 3 years but did not go into the military. My love for the outdoors started a long time ago and led to me becoming an Eagle Scout in 2002.

After my freshman year of college, I took a semester off and Thru Hiked the Appalachian Trail southbound. Upon returning to Dahlonega and school, I began training for triathlons and other ultra distance events. I completed multiple races over the next several years including 10 Ironman (1 of which was the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI), a Double Ironman, and two 100 mile runs. This led to my involvement locally with Connectability (in Dahlonega) and The Kyle Pease Foundation (in Atlanta). These organizations led me and challenged me to use my gifts for a better reason than self glory. I was able to watch people with disabilities compete in endurance sports by borrowing my legs. At the same time, I was able to borrow their drive and strength. Fast forward to June 2019. I borrow the drive of these athletes with disabilities and a selfless crew to compete in Race Across America (a 3070 mile nonstop bike race from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland) where I finished 1st American and 8th Overall.

My talk will be about these events, goals, dependency on others, sacrifice, mental strength, and a Q&A.


Phil Hudgins
Author, Reporter, Editor, Publisher

Travels with Foxfire

Saturday 3:00

Hancock Park Main Stage
Phil Hudgins

Since 1972, the Foxfire books have preserved and celebrated the culture of Southern Appalachia for hundreds of thousands of readers. In Travels with Foxfire, native son Phil Hudgins and Foxfire student Jessica Phillips travel from Georgia to the Carolinas, Tennessee to Kentucky, collecting the stories of the men and women who call the region home. Phil will talk about his book and the interesting adventure of collecting these stories.

Phil Hudgins worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher at several newspapers for more than 50 years. He retired as senior editor for Community Newspapers Inc., of Athens, Georgia, coaching writers at CNI newspapers in three Southern states. He was a 1974 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where one of his studies was folklore. He is the co-author, along with former Foxfire student Jessica Phillips, of Travels with Foxfire: Stories of People, Passions, and Practices from Southern Appalachia, which won the Finalist Award in History in the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year competition. Hudgins and his wife, Shirley, have two daughters and four grandchildren. Former residents of Rabun County, Georgia, where Phil served on Foxfire's community board, they now live in Gainesville, Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Phil Hudgins book

Author of:
Travels with Foxfire:
Stories of People, Passions, and Practices
from Southern Appalachia

Amazon.com
Mark Warren
Author, Naturalist, and Director of Medicine Bow

Survival Tricks of the Trail
Saturday 4:00
Plants of the Cherokee
Saturday 11:00
Sunday 1:00

Hancock Park Main Stage
Mark Warren
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

Carol Steiner
Author


Our Adventures Day Hiking the
Appalachian Trail Downhill to Fine Wine and Accommodations and Exploring
the A.T. Communities


Sunday 12:00

Hancock Park Main Stage
Carol Steiner

Is hiking the Appalachian Trail on your bucket list? But, sleeping in the woods and lugging a heavy backpack not on your bucket list? Join Carol as she describes the fun, surprises, and challenges she and Jim have had day hiking 950 miles of the Appalachian Trail in all fourteen states. You will laugh as she tells you about a few mishaps that occur when the day hike did not go exactly as planned. You will delight in the treasures they find along the Trail and the gems they discover in A. T. Communities. For them, every day hiking trip is an opportunity to relax in the solitude of the Appalachian Mountains, marvel at the treasures in nature, share stories with other hikers, and enjoy the fine wine, accommodations, and gems in the A.T. Communities.

Carol Steiner book

Author of:
The Appalachian Trail Day Hikers' Guide:
Downhill to Fine Wine and Accommodations

Amazon.com
Vivian Lamb
Vivian Lamb
Long Distance Hiker


What's in Your Pack?

Sunday 3:00 pm

Hancock Park Main Stage

Ever wonder what a long distance hiker brings and what they leave home? Everyone has their preferences and I will show you mine. I will bring my loaded pack and unload it for you to see just what is in there. Hear how I make my "to pack or not to pack" decisions.

Vivian Lamb is a retired elementary school teacher who has been backpacking for over 40 years. Last year she completed a 1001 mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail and just last month completed another 561 mile section hike of the southern AT.



hikerpanel
Thru Hikers

Saturday 12:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm

Hancock Park Main Stage

"Thru Hiker Panel"

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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