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RabbitHole
01-10-2017, 22:05
Just taking a casual poll, for those of us that registered through the ATC we got a yellow they hiked tag we can display on our pack. Just wanted to see how many planned on displaying it.

jjozgrunt
01-10-2017, 22:22
I registered but being an international I didn't get a yellow tag. Looks like it may weigh about 5 grams so I wouldn't be carrying it, if I got one. (That was a joke LOL)

josh_ATL
01-10-2017, 23:18
Yup, taking it all the way to Maine. And probably on the same biner as my blue 2016 commemorative LNT hang tag

jeremys
01-10-2017, 23:29
It's is already attached to my pack!

Oventoasted
01-11-2017, 00:52
Im bringing mine!

katb
01-11-2017, 01:49
I'm also an international hiker. Where I get this yellow tag?

jjozgrunt
01-11-2017, 02:46
I'm also an international hiker. Where I get this yellow tag?

Apparently if you go to the visitor centre at Amicalola Falls and tell them you are registered and an international walker, you can get one. I presume the same would be true for Harpers Ferry.

llittle_llama
01-11-2017, 05:17
What is this tag you speak of?

Engine
01-11-2017, 05:21
What is this tag you speak of?

If you register your start date with the ATC, they will send you a yellow plastic ATC tag with the principles of LNT listed on it. It's meant to hang on your pack as a reminder and probably doesn't weigh a 1/4 ounce.

KDogg
01-11-2017, 10:51
They came late last year so not many had them. Mine was attached to my pack all the way to Maine.

jeremys
01-11-2017, 10:51
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RabbitHole
01-11-2017, 10:58
That's my gear scale as well!

RabbitHole
01-11-2017, 11:07
FYI, I don't need to have a LNT tag on my pack, I think mine will be a souvenir left at home

jeremys
01-11-2017, 16:35
That's my gear scale as well!

You mean WAS your scale. I rolled over and "borrowed" it when you weren't looking. :p

Suzzz
01-11-2017, 23:12
Is there a deadline for registering to get the tag?

Sarcasm the elf
01-11-2017, 23:16
Is there a deadline for registering to get the tag?

No deadline as far as I know, but they do limit the number that they give out for each planned start date.

Here is the link if you need it, this will also show you if any days are full.

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/thru-hiking/voluntary-thru-hiker-registration

Sarcasm the elf
01-11-2017, 23:17
You mean WAS your scale. I rolled over and "borrowed" it when you weren't looking. :p

Funny, my wife used to have a nice digital cooking scale, now I have a gear scale that happens to live in the kitchen cabinet. :D

llittle_llama
01-12-2017, 01:01
All registered! Thanks for the link, just need to get my permits for Baxter and the Smokies taken care of :D

RabbitHole
01-12-2017, 01:02
I don't think we need Baxter permits and the smokies can be registered for on trail FYI

llittle_llama
01-12-2017, 01:36
Awesome! I thought I had to get it in advance. I really appreciate the heads up :)

PennyPincher
01-12-2017, 02:15
Awesome! I thought I had to get it in advance. I really appreciate the heads up :)

you can get it before you start as long as you will enter the smokies within 30 days of getting the permit. but yeah, you can get it "on trail" at a couple places just before entering. you must print a permit.

-Rush-
01-12-2017, 06:57
you can get it before you start as long as you will enter the smokies within 30 days of getting the permit. but yeah, you can get it "on trail" at a couple places just before entering. you must print a permit.

Rangers don't care if it's printed. You can show it to them on your phone as long as they can get the #.

Bronk
01-12-2017, 09:54
I wonder how many of these tags break off and are left on the side of the trail.

llittle_llama
01-12-2017, 10:31
I wonder how many of these tags break off and are left on the side of the trail.
If I'm able to get one I'll more than likely find some way to "rebuild" it so that it's a permanent item on my pack that will never break off :)

Zed
01-12-2017, 11:05
I don't think we need Baxter permits and the smokies can be registered for on trail FYI
Baxter began requiring permits for thrus in 2016. No cost and no limit, but registration must be done in person.

http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/pdf/hiking/ATHikerRegistrationCardAnnounce_Final.pdf

Lauriep
01-12-2017, 11:35
Although you don't absolutely have to show the rangers in the Smokies a hard copy of your permit (a screenshot will suffice, provided it's not so cold your phone won't work and you don't mind using up battery), you do need to deposit a portion of the hard-copy permit in the permit box when you enter the park.

The online permit only provides an estimate of when you will reach the park. The only way the park knows when you have actually entered the park is by providing the designated portion of your permit when you enter the Smokies (at Fontana Dam for nobos and Davenport Gap for sobos).

Laurie P.
ATC

Red Sky
01-12-2017, 11:43
I registered a few weeks ago, but did not receive a tag. Would carry it if I had one!

Water Rat
01-12-2017, 12:14
If you are looking to get the Baxter permit in advance, it can be obtained at the AT Visitor's Center, in Monson, ME. That is the last trail town before you enter the 100 Mile. It looks like the proposed hours of operation (for 2017) are 8-11am & 1-5pm. They are subject to change. No need to worry about the permit at this point because Baxter is not issuing them this far in advance.

ImBill
01-12-2017, 19:06
How long did it take to arrive? I registered 12/31/16

Lauriep
01-12-2017, 19:20
I talked to our southern office in Asheville, NC a couple of days ago to find out how long it takes to send out the backpack tags for registered 2017 thru-hikers. Usually it takes 2-3 weeks to get it under the best circumstances. Over the holidays a backlog developed so it may be longer. Outside of peak season, they wait until a large enough batch develops to make it efficient to send out.

If you register 2 weeks or less before you leave, or live outside the U.S., you will just be emailed materials, and you can pick up the backpack hang tag at Amicalola Falls (after March 3) or from a ridgerunner, or at ATC in Harpers Ferry.

RabbitHole
01-12-2017, 19:40
Just taking a casual poll, for those of us that registered through the ATC we got a yellow they hiked tag we can display on our pack. Just wanted to see how many planned on displaying it.

Sorry that should say *thru hiker tag

Fireplug
01-14-2017, 13:45
I do think you need to do it in advanced now! I heard that there may. Ot be rangers at the smokies to get one

Engine
01-15-2017, 02:46
I do think you need to do it in advanced now! I heard that there may. Ot be rangers at the smokies to get one If you're referring to the Thru Hiker Permit for GSMNP, you can't get it more than 30 days in advance of the day you enter the park. It's good for 8 days, once you actually "activate" it by entering and leaving a copy in the box.