Atlanta Single Hikers (ASH) is a collection of individuals of various ages and backgrounds who share a common interest -a love of the outdoors in general and hiking in particular.
ASH was created in 1995 and we welcome all those who are 18 or older, are not married and who want to enjoy the thrill of the outdoors! . We average a couple of hikes a week (mostly on the weekend) and several social events each month.
How old are our members? Well we used to say "Most of the people in the group are in their 30's and 40's". Okay, so we got older! It was requested that this website be updated to say "40’s and 50’s" (I get the chills just typing this - sometimes it sucks getting old - boy I can't wait to see the email about that comment!). Anyway, you and your friends could change all that so give us a try.
Joining ASH is simple - just show up! To go on an activity, just contact the event leader listed in the weekly email or this site to RSVP, if requested. Usually, you can just show up and go. To get on the ASH e-mail list, simply send a request to Pete Sadel at email@example.com
The membership fee is history (voluntary contributions are cool, but there’s no fee required). It’s all pay as you go now. That’s about as cheap as you can get!
If you have any serious medical conditions or allergies, it is the policy of ASH that you not participate.
In order to aid hikers, ASH attempts to rate each hike: "Easy:" relatively level terrain, elevation changes less than 500 ft-great for those just starting to tromp around the woods, "Moderate:" short climbs with easier “recovery” stretches between and total elevation changes of less than 1500 ft, and "Strenuous:" steady climbs with challenging obstacles, few recovery stretches and elevation changes greater than 1500 ft-the name says a lot. When in doubt, don't! If you aren't in good physical & cardio shape, avoid the strenuous hikes.
Our group averages four hikes per month/12 people per weekend dayhike. We practice low-impact hiking, to minimize our impact on the environment and enhance our enjoyment of the surroundings.
Backpacking and overnight camping excursions are also scheduled, along with whatever additional activities the group decides to arrange, such as canoeing, rafting, rock climbing, spelunking, mountain biking or exploring the downtown ”wildlife” etc.
ASH schedules activities year round include monthly socials, and seasonal events such as the 4th of July weekend trip, and our New Year’s Bash in the Sticks trip.
Hikes are organized by volunteer group members. Hiking locations are usually determined by the elements and the Weather Channel®. When contact numbers are provided, hikers should call the hike leader to RSVP and join the activity. If there happens to be more that 15 or so participants for that day it may be necessary to break into 2 or more groups to minimize "the herd effect."
Some of the meeting points for our hikes are -
- MARTA Ride Share parking lot located at the Indian Trail Exit of I-85
- Marta Park-n-Ride lot at Exit 8 off GA-400 (Mansell Road)
- Park-n-Ride lot at Chastain Rd. and 75 near Kennesaw
Other meeting points may be established as the hike requires.