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Appalachian Trail

What is the Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail is the nation's longest public footpath,extending 2175 plus miles through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. The adventure of walking the entire trail (thru hike) is a desire of many. Earl Schaffer was the first to report his A.T. thru hike in 1948 over the more than 2175 mountainous, rugged miles. It is not an easy hike, taking anywhere from four to six months, on average, to complete. Being young and athletic, in order to complete the AT, is not a requirement. But a strong commitment and drive is what is nessessary. Successful thru hikers are many, including schoolchildren, section hikers, and a blindman.


Why Thru Hike the AT?

Many are hiking  for the beauty of the trail and love of hiking, some for endurance challanges, some for solitude or to meet people,  some for the adventure. Many are hiking while at a crossroads in their lives.  Whatever the reason, is the reason! If you decide to thru hike and are physically unfit, after hiking the trail you will be fit! If you desire to meet people, you will! If your desire is to simplify life, you will learn to depend on what you carry in your pack (and the kindness of trail angels). If solitude is what you desire, you will also experiance times of solitude and beauty. This certainly is a life changing endeavor.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy web site at has great information about the trail, facts, and help inhiking and helping to maintain the trail.

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