Oh, the information out there for those of us beginning from scratch is overwhelming! If you’re like me, once I get interested in something, I research, read, and take comprehensive, organized notes as I learn new information. There may not be many of you who are quite that Type-A about it, so allow me to share my research notes with you.
The AT basics link below will pull up a 29-page Word document with topics ranging from the basics about gear to the locations of the best trail beer and everything in between. It is organized with bold headings and is all research I gathered during the 8 months leading up to my hike. It is not necessarily how I did things personally, but ideas I found helpful along the way as I was figuring out this whole hiking thing. I left the notes as I had collected them so you can read ideas other than mine. This research was all gathered from online sources as well as some helpful forum responses.
The links below are downloadable copies of my supply list. The first link was my original list I used as I was setting out on my thru-hike. The second shows how I changed my list throughout my hike and what I ended up having in my final pack. Hint: Downloading the second link is your best bet since I used strike-throughs to portray what I realized was personally unneeded. You can still see the original items as well.
Clarity‘s supply list
Clarity‘s supply list by the end
Articles for Newbies
The Ups and Downs of the Appalachian Approach Trail – Information here will help you decide whether to walk the approach trail or start your thru-hike at the base of Springer Mountain.
10 Items to Include in Every Day Pack – Don’t take a day hike without these items in your pack!
Major Resupply Points Along the Appalachian Trail – Where can you pick up your supplies along the way? This article includes northbound mile markers, links, phone numbers, etc. Downloadable pdf version available onto Share if you find it helpful!
Most Important Question: Where’s the Beer? – Comprehensive list of beer to be found on the A.T.
Regret Nothing About your A.T. Thru-hike – Read the top 8 regrets of those who have completed a thru-hike
Start your Thru-Hike Out Right with Pre-hike Training – This article explores some ideas for mental and physical preparation prior to beginning your hike. Start ensuring your success now!
Top 10 Mishaps I’m seeing new thru-hikers make as they set off on their journey – Be one of the 26% who finish the A.T. Set yourself up for success by avoiding the following mistakes!
Safety on the Appalachian Trail – As a solo female hiker, this article may help you bring peace of mind to worried family members.
Ever heard of a flip-flop hike? Find out why flip-flop thru-hikers have a 57% chance of success which greatly outnumbers a NOBO or SOBO attempt.
Want to see what the A.T. is Really Like? This is a page with links to my narrated video clips from my thru-hike. Includes video of terrain, vistas, hiker life, following a bear and encounters with other wildlife and everything in between.
Points of Interest Southern A.T. – This link is part one of an article detailing points of interest you don’t want to miss while hiking all or part of the A.T. Included are the best vistas, fun trail towns, hostels, special shelters, and most importantly, where you can find good beer to quench your hiker thirst. 😉 Part 1 focuses on the trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Enjoy!
Points of Interest northern A.T. – This link is part two of an article detailing points of interest you don’t want to miss while hiking all or part of the A.T. Included are the best vistas, fun trail towns, hostels, special shelters, and most importantly, where you can find good beer to quench your hiker thirst. 😉 Part 2 focuses on the trail from Maryland through Maine. Enjoy!
Should you treat your water? Click here to learn how most thru-hikers do it!
What do thru-hikers eat? Click here for Clarity’s menu.
How do hikers keep clean? Click here for good hygiene tips.
What harm could one piece of litter do? Click here for Leave No Trace explained