Appalachian Trail Adventure Transition Program

ATTENTION! The ATA Transition Program schedule is still planned for to the Fall semester, but the program details and schedule will be adjusted from past years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also extended the application deadline and acceptance notifications to July 1st so that we can provide the most accurate information to students on how to prepare for this year’s ATA Transition Program. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to having you soon!

The AT Adventure is scheduled for the three days before first-year student move-in and Orientation begins. Selected participants will move in on Sunday and prepare for a two-day (one-night), experience that will build leadership and communication skills, test mental strength, and encourage team work. There is no cost associated with participating in the program. Applications will be accepted until July 1. Notifications about program acceptance will be sent after July 1 via email. Please fill out the 2020 Appalachian Trail Adventure Application to apply.

For more information, please contact Lee Donlon, Manager of Adventure and Leadership, at or (804) 289-8449.

The Appalachian Trail is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The total length is approximately 2,200 miles (3,500 km). The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Many books, memoirs, websites, and fan organizations are dedicated to this pursuit.

Packing List

The University of Richmond Outdoor Adventure and Recreation Program will provide all food, hydration, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, ponchos, backpacks, sunscreen & bug spray. If you have your own equipment you would like to use, you are welcome to bring it. We will conduct a group pack check leading up to the trip.

Recommended items to include, but not limited to:

  1. Hiking Boots or Athletic Sneakers with a rigid sole
    • Wear what’s comfortable! New shoes are not needed, and if they are new, make sure to break them in before the trip. All shoes should provide heel and arch support.
  2. Socks/underwear
    • Synthetic or wool, three (3) pairs of each. One warmer pair is nice in the evenings.
  3. Hiking pants/shorts, Shirts (1-2) short and long sleeved. Rain Jacket, or poncho
    • Two (2). Again, synthetic or lightweight, think board shorts/athletic shorts. Cotton (jeans) absorbs moisture and will become uncomfortable quickly.
  4. Toiletries/Personal hygiene
    • Medications, including over the counter
    • ChapStick
  5. Optional Items
    • Watch
    • Sunglasses
    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Hat