Are you debating on whether to start your NOBO thru-hike at the approach trail or at the southernmost white blaze on the summit of Springer Mountain? This age-old debate is one of the myriad questions potential thru-hikers have to answer during our massive planning stages. My name is Clarity, a 2015 Appalachian Trail flip-flop thru-hiker who took the … More The Ups and Downs of the Appalachian Approach Trail
Follow ATClarity on facebook. Maildrops are hard to wrap your mind around as you plan an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Rest assured, you will figure out your system after a couple of maildrops, but allow me to help you get started and offer a list of drop spots. Click here for a pdf version of this list: Maildrops list I … More Stamp of Approval on Maildrops
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
On trail, Clarity was known as the girl with the hats. On the A.T., even hats have a story. 🙂 After starting my hike with my all-time favorite hat (seen below), I walked it about 500 miles before losing it while walking down Mount Prospect on my way into Williamstown, Massachusetts. Discomfort from the heat of … More The Story of the Hat
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?
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
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