Appalachian Trail Finishers Share 99 Tips for Aspiring Thru-Hikers

  If you’re thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail, you probably have a lot of questions. Who better to answer them than the people who have already been there and done that? Experienced thru-hikers were surveyed to get their best advice about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

It can be difficult to get friends and family on board, but reassure them the best you can. For example, demonstrate you have the capability by completing a long shake-down hike. Express how this is something you’ve been dreaming about for a while and that you’ve done your research.

Finances and budgeting on a thru-hike are critical. Save, save, save. If you can’t afford it, don’t go. Save up more than you think you will need. It is likely to cost at least $5,000. Be careful spending at first if starting in the South because the New England states can get expensive.

Physical training for the trail is important. If you can hike 15 miles with a 40 lb. pack then you should be fine for the start. Don’t plan on the AT as your weight loss plan though. If you need to lose weight do so before your trip. Your joints will thank you. You can only train so much though. Eventually the trail itself will train you.

Read on to discover 99 pieces of sterling thru-hiker wisdom from the experts themselves…


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