Appalachian Trail Pilgrimage to Life Teen Encounter Atlanta
Join young adults (20s-30s) and the leader in Catholic Missions and Adventures, CREATIO, for a two day trek through the Appalachian Trail on your way to the Steubenville Encounter Conference Atlanta, hosted by Life Teen at Hidden Lake. Your experience will include pickup from the airport and transportation to the start of the trail at Springer Mountain. You’ll carry your own pack with your own sleeping bag, and set up camp along one of America’s most beloved hiking trails. A guide, tent, meals, and campsites are included. Admission to the conference is purchased separately. Given that this is a pilgrimage, and not ‘just’ a hike, spiritual formation, a sense of purpose, and a convivial but thoughtful atmosphere will be part of the experience.
About the Life Teen Encounter
Encounter Atlanta is an event for Catholic Young Adults (ages 20 to 30), drawing them into an intimate encounter with Jesus. These events feature great music, awesome prayer, and unique sessions that both equip young adults and connect them to others on the journey. Guest speakers will include Chris Stefanick and many others, with music by Josh Blakesley.
$179 EARLY BIRD due by September 1
$195 until registration closes on October 1
airport pickup/dropoff, tents, campsites, guide, meals
backpack, sleeping bags, admission to Encounter Atlanta
Registration and Payment
Getting to Springer Mountain
All participants must arrive no later than 3pm on October 11th at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Or you are welcome to drive to Springer Mountain and meet us at our first night’s campsite there. We can help arrange transportation back to your car after the pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage route ends at the conference at Hidden Lake on Friday evening. Pilgrim participants in the conference will be able to shuttle back to the airport with the rest of the participants on Sunday morning. Departure flights should leave no earlier than 3pm on Sunday.
Pilgrims need to register with Life Teen separately for the conference and choose the full weekend pass.
Please wait until we have confirmed your participation in the pilgrimage to buy your flights. Please contact us if you’d like assistance choosing flights or connecting with other pilgrims to travel together, You are responsible for your transportation and lodging should you choose to arrive early or leave later than the indicated times.
What To Bring
RECOMMENDED – 1 Backpack Only
- Sleeping bag liner, light sleeping bag, or light blanket
- Water bottle or Camelbak
- Hiking clothes (clothes that dry quickly are best – technical/hiking clothes. Avoid cotton)
- Light outer shell raincoat
- 1 set of light sleeping clothes – t-shirt and shorts
- Use layering system, you won’t need a large coat
- Good walking/hiking shoes
- Sandals/flip flops for shower and evenings
- Toilet paper – just a small roll for wilderness trail times
- Small towel
- Prescribed and non-prescribed medications
- Pack cover (or poncho or garbage bag to keep your pack dry if it rains)
- One small book – Be very prudent with weight!
- Bible – Again, be prudent with weight. Travel versions are best.
- Camera and charger
- Phone and charger. Leaders will carry a phone for emergencies so you will be able to leave your phone off during the trip.
- Blister care – safety pins (2), needle, thread, band-aids, first aid tape, Vaseline, moleskin. Creatio will provide some.
- Watch – not necessary, but handy for meeting times and morning alarm
“I quickly learned that in the silence of our hearts is where God speaks. I have never truly experienced this until the Camino. To give God an hour of my full attention while walking in his creation brought many unexpected blessings… I saw all of the blessings God has continually given me which I don’t deserve, but seeing how he cares and loves me brought so much joy! I really had a chance to talk to God, and my life will never be the same. “
Paula | Pilgrim from South Dakota
“The Camino teaches humility and perseverance. It brings people together who initially might not want to be brought together, which is an essential element of good teamwork. Above all, the Camino is a time for reflection, self-examination, and prayer. You will know yourself better, emerging more aware of your tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses as well as understanding others better too. “
Will | Pilgrim from Pennsylvania