Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail


Speakers/Authors

Authors will be signing their books from
9:00-5:00 on Saturday
in their booths


 
Mark Clegg
Author

"Walks of Discovery"

Saturday 1:00-1:30

Hancock Park Main Stage
Mark Clegg

As detailed in his book, Mountain Miles - A Memoir of Hiking the Southern Appalachian Trail and his book A View From Hadrian's Wall - Two Friends Hike Along the Ancient Roman Frontier, Mark focuses on the local history, topography, flora and fauna, and the people he encounters on long hikes. Re-connecting with old friends, the joy of food and drink along the path, and exploring family history related to the areas near the trail are also topics examined.

Mark Clegg book

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

Amazon.com


Author of:
A View From Hadrian's Wall - Two Friends Hike Along the Ancient Roman Frontier
Amazon.com
hikerpanel
Thru Hikers

Saturday 3:00-3:45 

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.


Gerald Hodge
Founder and CEO, Appalachia Georgia Friends of the Bears, Inc.

How and When to Use Bear Spray

Saturday 1:30-2:00

Hancock Park Main Stage


Although it may never be used, Bear Spray is a necessity for anyone that is traveling in Bear Country. More importantly, it is knowing how and when to use it! Many humans do not have a clue about the capabilities of Bear Spray, what to look for when they purchase it, what you do not use Bear Spray for, and basic Bear behavior to determine if you will need to employ the Bear Spray. I will cover all of these topics in my class to include using an inert training Bear Spray canister.

Mark Warren
Author, Naturalist, and Director of Medicine Bow

Survival Tricks of the Trail
Saturday 2:00-2:30
Hancock Park Main Stage

Plants of the Cherokee
Saturday 11:00-12:00
Saturday 4:00-5:00
Meet at Mark's booth near the Main Stage
Mark Warren

Survival Tricks of the Trail: A talk to acquaint hikers with some of the most common plants and trees found along the trail which can be used for natural medicines and remedies. Mark Warren, owner and operator of Medicine Bow Wilderness School, and teacher of nature and primitive skills will share some easy-to-use Cherokee foods, medicines, and crafts for trail hikers, and all lovers of the great outdoors. Mark will cover many easy-to-identify plants encountered in the forest and field, and 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 how to use certain leaves as effective insect repellents. And last, but not least, Mark will present some great tips for successfully observing wildlife. Join us for this informative program about enhancing your relationship with nature.

Through the Eyes of the Cherokee: An easy walk near the park to learn about the gifts of nature that supplied the Cherokee with their everyday needs. To understand that the forest supplied everything that the Cherokee needed is to grasp the essence of Native American life. In this program the familiar is elevated to the unique. We’ll explore the crafts and lore of Cherokee life, including the use of wild plants for foods and medicines. With a little imagination, participants can step back in time to pre-Columbian days. These resources still exist around us and continue to be useful to those who follow in the footsteps of the first inhabitants of this land.

Mark Warren is the director of the nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, GA. The primitive skills that he teaches are detailed in his four-volume series of nature books, Secrets of the Forest. These books will be available at his festival booth.

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

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

Save Georgia's Hemlocks
Non-Profit


The Plight of the Eastern Hemlock

Saturday 12:30-1:00

Hancock Park Main Stage


Hemlocks of Southern Appalachia are in crisis due to a tiny invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. This presentation will provide an overview of the hemlock woolly adelgid crisis and the work of Save Georgia's Hemlocks in combating HWA. Learn how YOUR efforts can help save our beloved hemlocks.

Benton MacKaye Trail Association
Non-Profit


The Who, What, Where, and Why of the BMT

Saturday 12:00-12:30 

Hancock Park Main Stage

You will learn: Who was Benton MacKaye? When was the BMT founded? What makes it special? Where is the BMT? Who takes care of the poison ivy and the blowdowns? Why are we seeking Congressional Approval for the BMT to be designated a National Scenic Trail – the most prestigious designation for a trail.

Benton MacKaye Trail Association

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club


Leave No Trace
Bob Sloan
Learn about the latest Leave No Trace practices.

Saturday 11:00-11:30
Hancock Park Main Stage


Appalachian Trail from A to K... Amicalola to Katahdin
Bill Bryant
Covers a bit about AT History, ATC org, GATC, LNT, tips, etc. Includes time for Q & A at the end

Saturday 2:30-3:00
Hancock Park Main Stage

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