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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


Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the
Jennifer Pharr Davis
Michelle Pugh
Michelle "Brownie" Pugh

Saturday 3:00
Sunday 1:00

Hancock Park Main Stage

"What's in Your Pack?"

"Are you having trouble deciding what gear you need for a backpacking trip? Some hikers take everything including 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
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 "Brownie" Pugh fell in love with the outdoors as a child at summer camp. When she was twelve she learned about the Appalachian Trail through a camp program, and she has been hiking ever since. Michelle has hiked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail, the Foothills Trail, and the Wonderland Trail. She leaves for the Tour du Mont Blanc trek in the Alps a couple of days after 2017 Trail Fest. Her first memoir, Love at First Hike, describes her adventures-and misadventures-on the Appalachian Trail. The stories of the characters she met and the lessons she learned are woven amongst details about wind-swept mountains, tranquil valleys, and peaceful trail towns. Her second book, Lost and Found, a tug-at-your-heartstrings dad and daughter adventure tale about her thru-hike of the John Muir Trail was debuted at Trail Fest last year.  


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
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."


hikerpanel
Thru Hikers

Saturday 1:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 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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Updated on August 10, 2018
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