North Country Trail Association ‘Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge’ Slated for June 12 to 14

A100 hikinvFOREST COUNTY, Pa. – The Allegheny National Forest Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will have its annual “Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge” June 12 to 14.

The event helps to promote awareness of the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Allegheny National Forest, and it brings many visitors to the surrounding communities.

The A-100 is an endurance challenge met through unsupported hiking. It is not a race but an individual challenge of stamina, determination, and resilience.

Being an unsupported hike, there are no first aid or water stations. Hikers are responsible for supplying their own food, drinks, and equipment. Cell phone reception is spotty along the length of the trail.

The adventure covers a 100-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail in the Allegheny National Forest. Hikers will climb over rolling hills and pass through many beautiful stream valleys.

For 2015, the hikers will travel north to south. The direction is changed every two years to give hikers the opportunity to complete all 100 miles of trail.

The A-100 challenges hikers to traverse distances of 100, 75, 50 or 25 miles in a 50-hour time period.

This challenge is for anyone, regardless of skill level, who wants to test him or herself against the trail. Everyone needs to “hike their own hike,” moving at their own pace and resting when necessary.

The challenge will extend from the PA Route 346 trailhead, near Willow Bay, to the PA Route 66 trailhead, between Marienville and Vowinckel.

Those who pre-register will receive a membership in the North Country Trail Association, shuttle service to the start of the hike and a T-shirt.

Pre-registration deadline is May 15 or when 110 hikers have signed up.

The cost is $50.00 for non-members and $27.00 for members.

For information or to register, visit the NCTA website at northcountrytrail.org or email [email protected].


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