If you’ve decided to hike the Appalachian Trail, I’m sure you have a million and one questions rolling around in your mind. We’re going to tackle a tricky one here today – how much does it cost to hike the Appalachian Trail? [Read more…] about How much does it cost to hike the Appalachian Trail?
Hiking The Appalachian Trail
As soon as you announce to the world that you’ll be going on a long distance hike, like thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail, you might find yourself bombarded with advice – some of this advice will be amazing hiking hacks that will make your day, some of it, not so much.
There are truly are way more reasons not to hike the Appalachian Trail, or any long trail, than there are to hike!
So, why do people end up hiking the Appalachian Trail?
If you have just finished a thru hike, or long section hike, on the Appalachian Trail, adjusting to life back in the ‘real world’ afterwards can be ridiculously hard.
Many Appalachian Trail thru hikers experience some degree of post trail depression as they shock their system, both physically and mentally, back into the hustle and bustle of rush hour traffic, crowded cities, imposed rules of society, lack of community found on the trail, and lack of endorphins you were soaking up all day, every day. [Read more…] about A Note For Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers
Luckily, backpacking is a fairly simple activity to learn, compared to say down hill skiing or rock climbing, but there are a few essential backpacking skills you need to master to stay safe and happy on the trail.
When I announced my plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail to friends and family, I heard this one a lot – ‘what if a bear attacks?’ ‘what if you get eaten by a bear?’
Always asked genuinely, with fear and a little bit of panic behind their voices. [Read more…] about What if a bear attacks on the Appalachian Trail?