Review of National Geographic’s Handy Dandy Appalachian Trail Guides

Pictures or words? Which is your navigational tool of choice? In the land of Mapquest, I always go immediately for the words. No, don’t print the maps please. My discomfort with maps stems from a lack of education and exposure as a youngster and from being more comfortable with words than visual symbolic representations.  Testing the … More Review of National Geographic’s Handy Dandy Appalachian Trail Guides

Regret Nothing about your Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

The opportunity to take six months away from real life to attempt an Appalachian Trail thru-hike is a gift of which most people can only dream.  Open your mind to gain a piece of wisdom or two from those who have successfully persevered through months on end of the good and the bad and trekked their … More Regret Nothing about your Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

Most Important Question: Where’s the Beer?

This article is simply a comprehensive list of craft beer found on and near the Appalachian Trail.  Download a printable PDF. **Indicates on site brewing The numbers before each listing are the northbound mile markers. 53 – Hiawassee, GA – Bacchus Beer & Growlers 110 – **Franklin, NC – Lazy Hiker Brewing and Rock House … More Most Important Question: Where’s the Beer?

Start Your Thru-Hike Out Right with Pre-Hike Training

Before embarking on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, set yourself up for success by engaging in some pre-hike training.  Though physical preparation is important, I’m going to start this article with the mental prep you should consider because frankly, it is the most crucial to your success. Hikers who begin their journey in the best physical shape often … More Start Your Thru-Hike Out Right with Pre-Hike Training

Top 10 Mishaps to Avoid When Hiking the Appalachian Trail

As with all of AppalachianTrailClarity’s articles, please note that this one person’s perspective. I am not an expert on anything in life but a lifelong learner in everything. These are mistakes I have made, still make, and those that I see others making as I work with new hikers ten hours per day, five days per … More Top 10 Mishaps to Avoid When Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hiking alone together

Are you questioning whether a solo hike is for you?  Maybe you’re afraid of being “alone in the woods”. Or are others trying to persuade you that it’s dangerous to hike the Appalachian Trail alone?  Guess what!?  Statistics are very much on your side. You’ll be fine!  You may have heard the phrase, “hike alone, together”. … More Hiking alone together