Ridge Runner

The Ridge Runner program on the chapter section of the Appalachian Trail began in the summer of 1992 and has continued almost every year since then. The program is a shared effort by the chapter, AMC, ATC, and the PA Department of Forestry and Parks, which helps provide major funding. A person is hired each summer to patrol and care for a 42 mile section of trail between Delaware Water Gap and Lehigh Furnace Gap. The program goal is to help protect and preserve the Trail experience for current and future generations through Leave No Trace education and on the ground monitoring of resources. Bill Steinmetz and Dan Schwartz have been co-coordinators of the program since its inception.