Article Published: Jan. 2, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 2, 2014
Nominees for the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Class of
2014 will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 28, to recognize those who have made a significant
contribution toward establishing and maintaining the 2,185-mile footpath that passes through 14
states from Maine to Georgia.
The 16 hall of fame inductees named in the first
three years include Myron Avery, Gene Espy, Ed Garvey, Benton MacKaye, Arthur Perkins, Earl Shaffer,
Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, David A. Richie, J. Frank Schairer, Jean Stephenson, William Adams
Welch, Ruth Blackburn, David Field, David Sherman, David Startzell, and Everett “Eddie”
Those eligible for inclusion include anyone who has made an
exceptional and positive contribution to the Appalachian Trail or Appalachian Trail community. It
could be by leadership, inspiration, service, achievement or
Factors include, without limitation, pioneers who conceived of
and developed the trail; those who organized or directed major trail organizations such as the
Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Appalachian Trail clubs; maintaining clubs; longtime trail
maintainers; leaders who promoted and protected the AT; hikers who have made significant
accomplishments and other persons who have enriched the culture or community of the Appalachian
Trail by their association with it.
Eligible persons can be living or
deceased. The emphasis will be on people who have made their contribution to the AT during a long
period, whether or not they are still active.
Nominations will be solicited
from throughout the hiking and trails community. The easiest way to submit a nomination is by using
the online site, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YKZ5ZSY
Nominations also may be submitted
using the paper nomination form. Copies of the form can be obtained at http://tinyurl.com/k2dwm3o
by requesting one from the museum.
A nominator need not be a member of any
hiking organization to submit a nomination. A nominator may only make one nomination per election
cycle. Nominators will be asked to justify their nomination in a brief statement not exceeding 200
words that describes the nominee and why he or she fits the
Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in
early May, and the induction ceremony will be June 6 at the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet
at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pa.
The inductees will
be enshrined on an Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Wall of Honor at the Appalachian Trail Museum.
Located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park and at the midway point of the
Appalachian Trail, the museum is located in Gardners, Pa.