Every year, thousands of hikers set out from Georgia on the Appalachian Trail with hopes of walking the 2175+ miles of trail to reach the northern terminus in Maine. However, the majority of those hopeful hikers will not make it, succumbing to rigors and challenge of the trail.
Planning for your thru hike can be an intimidating and overwhelming process. But it doesn’t have to be!
The Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Primer will get you up to speed on and give you a head start in planning for YOUR successful Appalachian Trail thru hike.
What’s inside the Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Primer?
- Gear: What to carry and what to leave home!
- Resupplying, town stops, and safe hitch hiking practices
- Treating and managing water on the trail
- Reaching the northern & southern terminus
- Shelter and shelter etiquete
- Planning tips before you hit the trail
- Advice directly from former thru hikers
2011 Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers
Content Excerpt: “Tips For Southbound Thru Hikers”
- The soggy conditions in Maine + new hiker can mean blisters for hikers. Begin treating the ‘hot spot’ as soon as you feel it. It will save you the time and trouble in the long run.
- Don’t be overwhelmed by the terrain in Maine. Just take your time and don’t push your mileage early. Big mileage days will come.
- When you spend time in shelters or around camp w/ NOBO’s don’t hesitate to ask questions. They’ve been hiking for some 2000 miles by the time they reach you and they have it down to a very streamlined science by that point. You can learn a lot and pick up lots of little tricks.
- As you hike in to the fall learn to start your day early and maximize your day light hours. Come Mid October and November the window of hiking time begins to diminish greatly. Enjoy your hike! Take lots of pictures!
Appalachian Trail Facts
The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine. More than 250 three-sided shelters exist along the Trail. Only 1 in 4 who attempt a thru-hike successfully completes the journey.
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