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How Long Does a Thru-Hike Take?

How long does it take to do a thru-hike?  The standard answer is 5-6 months, but it’s best to give yourself extra time.  I started my hike on March 14th, and I originally thought I would be ending in August.  I actually ended on October 3rd.  It happens. So, what would cause a...

Week 1 in Georgia: What to Expect

The first week in Georgia can be very challenging: you don’t know what you’re doing, your pack is too heavy, and the mountains are almost painful to climb.  Lots of people will quit in the first 30 miles.  While the first week will be physically challenging, mentally preparing...

Clothes For the Appalachian Trail

When choosing clothes for the trail, try to be as selective as possible.  You don’t want to have too many articles of clothing, but you want them to be sufficient.  The clothes you have with you will vary, depending on the time of year. Clothes For the Whole Hike •A rain jacket.  It...

Cold Weather Gear for the Appalachian Trail

There are several items that you will need for the early and late weeks of your hike that will not be necessary during the warm summer months. •A sleeping bag rated to 20 degrees or less. You can also get a sleeping bag liner and use it along with your summer sleeping bag for extra warmth...

Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners

Hiking boots have always been the traditional footwear for backpackers.  Now that backpacking technology has evolved and gear is more lightweight, hiking shoes have become more lightweight as well.  I used hiking boots for the majority of the trail but made the switch to trail runners for...

What’s In My Pack?

What does an experienced thru-hiker have in their pack? Well, everyone has a different style, and you’ll find your own once you’re on the trail. I’ll tell you what gear I ended my hike with so you have an idea of what to shoot for. The Big Three For my hike, I went with...

Tents Vs. Hammocks

During my thru-hike I started with a tent, switched to a hammock, and ended without a form of shelter.  At the beginning of the trail I had a two-person, 5-pound tent.  I already owned it, and I didn’t want to spend any money on a new shelter.  I carried my 5-pound tent all the way...

Cutting Pack Weight

When shopping for gear, it’s easy to get sucked into buying cool, high-tech stuff that seems like it will be very necessary.  However, before you make any purchases, ask yourself, “Will I absolutely need this?”  If you’re not going to use something...