Mail Drops

How and where to send care packages on the Appalachian Trail.

By dispatches May 6, 2014

A few of you kind souls have asked about sending care packages while I’m on the trail…to which I respond with a resounding yes and thank you. I haven’t been very good about planning ahead more than a couple days at a time, but that’s getting easier.

So in my blogs, I’m going to start including info for a town stop that is coming soon. For example, I know that I’ll be in Damascus, Virginia in about a week. I’ll include the earliest possible ETA (in most cases that date will be best-case scenario and will probably end up being a day or two before I actually get into town, just to be on the safe side). And I’ll include the address of a business that offers to hold mail and packages for thru-hikers. Those are preferable to post offices because of their hours, in case I get into town on a weekend or after the post office closes.

Letters and notes are awesome, and anything edible is amazing. Please keep in mind that weight is one of the top priorities for me these days…I’m more than happy to have a few extra pounds for a couple days if it means good food, but if it’s a lot I’ll be sharing the load with the folks around me.

And this part might take some of the fun out of it, but it’s important: Please let me know if you’re sending something. My plans change so much out here, and if I don’t know there’s something waiting for me I might end up bypassing the place, or at least forgetting to check for mail.

All that being said, thank you so much to those who asked about this or those who have been thinking about it. And to everyone else, thank you again for the calls, texts, comments and emails that have kept me moving forward.

Here’s the address for the stop in Damascus and the general format for having packages held:

Beau Denton

C/O Mt. Rogers Outfitters

PO Box 546

110 W. Laurel Ave.

Damascus, VA. 24236

Please hold for AT thru-hiker

ETA April 24, 2014

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