ALDHA-West (American Long Distance Hiking Association) Gathering meets October 12-October 14, 2018 at Camp Kiwanis, Mt Hood, Oregon.
ALDHA-West and the Triple Crown
The American Long Distance Hiking Association West (ALDHA-West) is an organization of individuals interested in the pursuit of all aspects of Long Distance hiking. Membership covers a wide range of ages, from teenagers to octogenarians, and many experience levels, from wannabes to members who’ve logged 10’s of thousands of trail miles spanning the globe.
The annual ALDHA-West Gathering is simply that, a gathering of hikers who share a love of long distance outings. The Gathering rotates each year to a different west coast state going from Washington to Oregon to California. Last year’s Gathering was held in Colorado. This year it is Oregon.
Workshops, world-class presentations about hikes around the world and the many aspects of backpacking culture, trails, and know-how flow through the weekend. This is also a great weekend where you can make new friends or see old ones year after year after year. What started in 1994 as a group of 7 committed hikers in the western hiking community getting together and showing a few slides has evolved into a full-sized event with all of the amenities of a professional conference- while still offering a setting befitting of love of the natural world.
The Triple Crown Awards ceremony highlights the weekend Saturday evening. Here the Triple Crown Award is given to people who’ve hiked all of the three major long distance trails (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail).