Hey @ErinH ! Great that you're checking out local backpacking! In reference to @Philreedshikes 's recommendations (excellent choices Phil), Here is the local PATC home page. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is our local AT club that covers over a hundred miles of the AT. While they, too, are experiencing some organizational challenges amidst our current environment, they're another good place to start to find out where the local groups are. We partner extensively with them in some of our in-store programming. Good luck, hike on!