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Appalachian Trail Thru Hike

ConnorSween16
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11/17/2015 2:40:31 PM
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I am planning to hike the A.T. from Maine to Georgia. I was wondering if anyone on here has done it, or anyone who does long hikes like that has any advice on what to pack, how to plan out basically. I'm interested in some stories from people who have done it
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11/18/2015 3:18:57 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/17/2015 2:40:31 PM, ConnorSween16 wrote:
I am planning to hike the A.T. from Maine to Georgia. I was wondering if anyone on here has done it, or anyone who does long hikes like that has any advice on what to pack, how to plan out basically. I'm interested in some stories from people who have done it

Is that actually possible?
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11/18/2015 7:33:24 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/17/2015 2:40:31 PM, ConnorSween16 wrote:
I am planning to hike the A.T. from Maine to Georgia. I was wondering if anyone on here has done it, or anyone who does long hikes like that has any advice on what to pack, how to plan out basically. I'm interested in some stories from people who have done it

I haven't done it, yet. I have done extensive research on both the full thru-hike, and long-term camping strategies. Luckily, you'll have opportunities to hitch-hike into local towns sprouted near the trail, and have camping facilities for the most part. I would seriously recommend doing section-hikes first. Spend a week, then two, then three, etc., out on the trail before trying to do the full-hike. Get acquainted with the high elevations as well, because it's much harder to hike where there's thinner oxygen.

Lastly, and kinda obviously, stop at one of the trail-store located near most of the major trail terminals and have them go through your pack before hitting the trail. In most cases, people seriously over-pack and thus lose energy much faster on the trail. The shops will even ship your over-packed goods ahead of you, free of charge, so that you can just use them as resupplies at a later town.

Feel free to send me a private message with any more questions you might have. I'd like to know where you're planning on starting from, if it'll be a reverse hike or not, etc., I love chatting with people about this specific topic because I'm also going to do it someday.
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11/18/2015 7:34:08 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/18/2015 3:18:57 AM, lannan13 wrote:
At 11/17/2015 2:40:31 PM, ConnorSween16 wrote:
I am planning to hike the A.T. from Maine to Georgia. I was wondering if anyone on here has done it, or anyone who does long hikes like that has any advice on what to pack, how to plan out basically. I'm interested in some stories from people who have done it

Is that actually possible?

Yeah man, thousands of people attempt it yearly - and hundreds make it.
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