Together, we are Exploring, Enjoying, and Protecting the Great Smokies.
Celebrating our ninety-year anniversary in 2014. It is an exciting year of new challenges and adventures. Join us!

You are always welcome to join our weekly hiking outings in the beautiful, rugged Smokies with our experienced outing leaders. Or, try your hand at some high-elevation trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail with experienced and friendly section leaders.

Today's SMHC offers many adventures and fun times for all kinds of people.. like you! We have easy hikes, hard hikes, backpacks, off-trails, photo contests, and cookouts, just to name a few things we do. Join us!

Our September outings, work trips, and events:

1 Mon - Starr Mtn & Gee Creek Falls
6 Sat - AT Work Trip
6 Sat - Chimney Tops Off-trail with Full Moon on-trail return
10 Wed - Ramsey Cascade Trail
13 Sat - Colditz Cove / Northrup Falls
20 Sat - Gunter Fork Falls

20 Sat - Old Sugarlands Trail and Cemetery
24 Wed - Alum Cave Trail- Mt. LeConte- Boulevard Trail- A.T.- Newfound Gap

Here is our listing of September hiking outings, work outings, and Club-wide events. This includes trail descriptions, meeting places, leader contact information - everything you need to participate. You do not have to be a member to participate, and we welcome guests and visitors who are interested in the Club.

CELEBRATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PASSAGE OF WILDERNESS ACT
Tennessee Wilderness: Celebrating 50 years of people, place, and promise
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Time: 6-9pm
East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN

Speakers include: Bill Meadows, former President of The Wilderness Society; Will Skelton, Sierra Club; Charles Maynard, Historian and Methodist Minister; Tom Tidwell, Chief of US Forest Service; Bill Hodge, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards; and Bill Broome, Nephew of Harvey Broome

Join us at the East Tennessee History Center for an inspirational evening celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act of 1964 was landmark legislation and has protected thousands of acres of Tennessee’s most beautiful natural wonders. If you cherish the woods, waters, and wildlife of East Tennessee you don’t want to miss this event. Tennessee has played a key role in helping our nation realize the importance of protecting wild places that define America and represent freedom in the truest sense of the word. Celebrating this history, speakers at the event will tell the story of people, place, and promise. The evening will take you on a journey to explore what wilderness means in Tennessee, why it is more important than ever, and what the future holds for the next 50 years of this natural legacy. The event will include refreshments and plenty of time to socialize. The event is sponsored by the USFS, Wild South,
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, the TN Wild Coalition, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, The Wilderness Society, East Tennessee History Center, Sierra Club, Cherokee Forest Voices, and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

Volunteer for the ATMC September 6 Open Work Trip!

INSTALL LOCUST LOGS NEAR FORK RIDGE CONNECTION

September 6 – Saturday

We will install up to ten locust logs to replace deteriorated steps and waterbars on a section of the AT that is close to the Clingmans Dome Road. Experienced maintainers are needed to assist in the work and in training new maintainers, who are welcome to join in. Bring work gloves, rain gear, lunch and water. Tools will be provided.

We have 2 meeting locations set up:

1. Brown‟s Creek Shopping Center at 7:30 AM (Just east of the Sonic as you leave Maryville going east on US - 321) Google Maps Link

2. Sugarlands Visitor Center at 8:30 AM (west side of the parking lot). Google Maps Link

Round trip mileages: Drive 100 from Brown‟s Creek; 30 from Sugarlands.

Should be an easy hike. Distance less than one mile.

Work Trip Leader: Steve Reagan, 865-982-9451, mrgrmpbear@hotmail.com

SMHC Fall Photo Show and Contest
Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 PM
Cedar Springs Presbyterian, Knoxville, TN

Our photo show and contest will feature a very special guest, Club member Nan Woodbury. Nan recently completed an 8000 mile bike tour from California tp Chile, with many side trips for backpacking and touring. Nan will share pictures and stories from her journey, as well as display the bicycle she traveled upon. We will view pictures submitted by contestants, and select winners in a number of categories. This will be a fun time for photographers, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts. Join us!

We welcome all photo submissions for the show and contest. Submissions will be accepted from September 15 - 30. Send to Photo Committee Chair Chuck Janack at cwjanack1 at gmail.com

Free admission - open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Challenges for SMHC Members in 2014

2014 will mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club in 1924 and the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. SMHC was organized in a large part to promote the protection of our Smoky Mountains through the establishment of a national park here. After that goal was reached, leaders of the club saw the need for a higher level of protection for the wilderness of the Smokies as was eloquently stated by Ernie Dickerman in his president’s message in 1950: “Linked with this increased appreciation of the human values of the unspoiled wilderness areas of our Mountains is an increased appreciation of the need to protect those wilderness areas, to preserve them inviolate so that those who come after us may know and love them too. We have the Park – thanks to the heroic work of many persons in earlier years – yet there are many pressures constantly busy which if their objectives were attained would effectively destroy the wilderness characteristics of this National Primeval Park. We propose in the coming year to make the preservation of the wilderness values of the Great Smoky Mountains an active and continuing part of the Club’s program.”

To commemorate these two significant anniversaries, the SMHC Board of Directors has elected to issue the following two challenges to club members:

1) To celebrate the 90th anniversary of SMHC, hike 90 miles of the more than 800 miles of maintained trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

2) To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, hike 50 miles of the more than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail maintained by SMHC.

Members who complete the required mileage of either challenge during 2014 will be eligible to receive a commemorative patch designed especially for that challenge. Click here to report your hiking and to purchase your patches.

As a further challenge let’s all follow the lead of Ernie Dickerman, Harvey Broome, and all of the other past and present club leaders who have worked countless hours in their efforts to attain a higher level of protection for the wilderness of our beloved Smoky Mountains, and continue the climb to reach the designation of “Wilderness Area.”

The SMHC Appalachian Trail Maintainers' Committee is actively seeking volunteers for AT maintenance activities.

Our group maintains 102 miles of the AT in the Smokies and the Nantahala National Forest. There are lots of ways to help out, ranging from big projects, such as trail relocations and shelter construction, to easy clipping and waterbar cleaning. You can contribute on whatever level you are ready for. We provide all needed tools and training. It's fun work out in the mountains and it is a vital part of making the Appalachian Trail experience a great one for both dayhikers and thru-hikers alike.

If you'd like to find out more about Appalachian Trail Maintainers Committee volunteer activities, click here to contact us or to sign up today.