Asheville benefit for Appalachian Trail Nov. 6

For some, hiking the Appalachian Trail is a bucket-list item. Completing the 2,185-mile trail has come to signify extreme stamina and perseverance.

But of the thousands who hike the trail each year, says John Odell of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, only a small fraction are through-hikers who complete the whole trail from Maine to Georgia or vice versa. The vast majority are day users or short-term campers who have the opportunity to enjoy a part of the trail while knowing that it’s part of something much bigger.

To celebrate and raise awareness of the world-famous trail in our backyard, the regional office of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is hosting Kick Off Your Boots, a fund- and friend-raiser at the Isis in West Asheville on Nov. 6, 2014.

“This fun event will offer a great chance for members of the outdoor community to connect with one another,” says Julie Judkins, the conservancy’s community program manager. “Come meet regional Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff and volunteers all while learning more about our efforts to protect the world’s most famous long-distance hiking trail.”

What: Kick Off Your Boots fundraiser, including live music, AT-related activities, giveaways and a “hiker chic” contest.
When: 6 p.m. Nov. 6, 2014. Bands Pleasure Chest and Blind Boy Chocolate & the Milk Sheiks start at 7 p.m.
Where: Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $65 VIP admission.

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