The Wilderness Society’s Southern Appalachian Office and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine have teamed up to present the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. As of January 2015, more than 400 hikers, representing 21 states, have registered to participate in the Dirty Dozen, and registration remains open. The challenge officially began in September 2014 and runs through September 2015.
“We’ve been amazed by the overwhelming interest in the challenge thus far,” said Brent Martin, Regional Director for The Wilderness Society. “The photos and hike descriptions we have received from hikers are inspiring and truly speak to the beauty and unique qualities of the designated wilderness areas within our region. We hope this will give participants an incentive to explore areas they might not otherwise have visited, and an appreciation for these natural treasures.”