Hiker Photo Archive
Having your photo taken at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) headquarters in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, has become a standard ritual for those hikers intending on walking the entire A.T. One of the functions of the ATC, as the lead organization in managing and protecting the A.T., is to maintain the official 2,000-miler registry of all those who have completed the A.T. Therefore, having a photo taken here makes many hikers start to feel as though their hikes have gained official recognition.

Until now, if hikers wanted to view the photos of themselves or their fellow hikers, they had to make a trip to the ATC Headquarters in Harpers Ferry. When the A.T. Museum opened in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park in 2010, scanned versions of the photos became available there too.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Quimby Family Foundation and the work of dedicated volunteers of the A.T. Museum Society under the leadership of Terry Harley Wilson, the Polaroid photos can now be viewed on-line from anywhere in the world. ( read expanded text )

Laurie Potteiger, ATC

Between January and April 2009, 12,779 images representing over 18,000 Appalachian Trail hikers were carefully removed from old notebooks, barcoded, scanned at 600 dpi, and placed into archival quality sleeves and slip-covered albums. read more . . .

The archive can be searched by date, trail name, first name, and/or last name. Click here for additional directions.
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Being photographed at ATC for the Thru-Hiker album
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