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The Raven Rock Shelter was built by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) in 2010 as a replacement for the Devil's Racecourse Shelter, one of the shelters constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Because the Devil's Racecourse Shelter was in need of substantial renovation, and because it had become a preferred location for non-hikers to stage parties (it was close to a road), the PATC decided to build the new shelter much further uphill, away from the road, and close to the Trail.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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This shelter, located in Washington County, Maryland, is dedicated to the memory of Ensign Phillip Cowall. Its construction was financed with funds donated to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) by his parents, David and Cindy Cowall of Salisbury, Maryland, in 1998, in memory of their son, who had loved the Appalachian Trail. The shelter is located 1054.8 miles north of Springer Mountain (GA) and 1135 miles south of Mount Katahdin (ME).

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Pine Knob Shelter sits just north of the footbridge over I-70 near the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1939, this shelter is an excellent example of the traditional lean to design favored at that time. It is 1046.6 miles north of Springer Mountain (GA) and 1143.2 miles south of Mount Katahdin (ME).

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, June 30 1989. Ken "MN Slow Foot" Erickson and Jason "Crud" Majerski are wearing different hiking styles, one is in denim and the other is not

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, June 15 1989. They are wearing all sportswear.

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, August 15 1979. Three of them are wearing denim shorts

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now known as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, September 2 1994. Tobias "Rubberduck" Binder and CC. P. de are wearing hiking pants

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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David Yashar "Daredevil" and Nancy Watkins "Seen it Done it" Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now called the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) July 8, 1994 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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Taken at the Appalachian Trail Conference (now called the Appalachian Trail Conservancy) July 19, 1979 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Ellen is wearing denim shorts and Bruce has on exercise shorts

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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Eric and Chris on the Appalachian Trail, wearing shorts and tee-shirts, one of which is a performance shirt. From the clothing and gear the picture was taken sometime after 2000

Collection: Hiker Clothing
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