One April, 1995 night, in a chat room on
America Online, an idea was
spawned to hike the Appalachian Trail tag team style using "cyberhikers"
recruited online. The main organizers of this hike were Andy Hathaway of
Atlanta, GA and Jane Klegarth of Emmaus, PA. Regional
trailmasters were then designated. They then recruited online hikers who
At right, posing at the Mason-Dixon line and the beginning of the hike. By Jerry Robey
At left is the flag used in the AOL/ATC/Backpacker Tag Team Relay
ME and ended on December 31, 1995 on Springer Mountain, GA. There were 60 teams in this hike. Team #29 was tasked with hiking the AT through Maryland from PenMar Park at the PA/MD border to Harper's Ferry, WV. The journal of this trip is elsewhere in this area.
Team #29 kept in touch after the Tag Team Hike by getting together for various hiking, trail maintenance, backpacking and canoeing trips in the coming months. Hikers from other segments of the AT Tag Team Relay hike as well as
At right, the original group celebrates the end of the hike.
other interested outdoor enthusiasts joined in. The result was the formation of the Rag Tag Rangers.
We are always seeking new scenic adventures. Our adventures are mostly in
, but not limited to, the states of PA, NY, NJ, MD, WV, VA and NC. All
are welcome to join us on our activities. The only criteria is that you have
to enjoy the outdoors.
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