Armchair Appalachian Trail Thru-hike 2014

IMG_1851You get very few chances in life to have an epic adventure like thru-hiking the 2180 mile Appalachian Trail that runs from Maine to Georgia. So often, we choose adventures like having a family, or an exciting career instead. In honor of those of us who are not able to be backpacking from shelter to shelter this summer, but wish we were, I present a listing of blogs worth living vicariously through…

Just a Tree

Bowman’s Writing Nook

Lost on the AT

a girl, a trail, and one crazy adventure

Appalachian Adventure

Nothing Ventured

Post War Hike

athikeher

Peaked Curiosity

Southbound to Georgia

shwayze23

Toe Salad

Corinne on the Trail

Many of these hikers are women. Some are even hiking solo. If you have ever contemplated hiking the Appalachian Trail or other long distance hikes, you can make it happen.

Nine years ago, I reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin at the start on my attempted southbound thru-hike.

Nine years ago, I reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin at the start on my attempted southbound thru-hike.

Most backpackers walk northbound (NOBO) from Georgia to Maine, starting around March and ending in October. A NOBO hike can be crowded. Southbound (SOBO) hikers begin at Mt. Katahdin in Maine, when they open the 5200ft mountain to hikers around June. Their six month adventure may end in snow and more alone time on the trail. They carry everything they need on their back and camp out almost every night. You may also notice that the hikers use nicknames, called trail names. These are earned on the trail and can be given by a fellow backpacker at any time during the hike.

Those who hike the entire Appalachian

Trail will have completed an elevation equivalent

to climbing Mt. Everest 16 times.

 

NY_CT_AppalachianTrail107My favorite part about following these blogs are the stories and photos by these creative hikers. I would suggest that you follow more than one because only one in four hikers who attempt a thru-hike actually make it end-to-end. Please cheer them on by commenting and liking their posts. Long distance backpacking is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. A little cheering section can go a long way.

 

If you are thinking of planning a thru-hike yourself, here are some great resources.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy (where I got all my fun facts from)

Living Wild and Precious/ Wild and White Blazing

Appalachian Trail Girl

Section Hiker

The AT Guide

Whiteblaze.net

Reddit: Appalachian Trail Forum

 

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6 thoughts on “Armchair Appalachian Trail Thru-hike 2014

  1. Sue Cashman

    I confess, I’m an armchair hiker and can’t wait to explore the blog links you list here! Thanks for sharing!

  2. eila

    what fun to have found your blog!! i, too, was raised hiking, and just said to a friend the other day, “you know, we really should plan a weekly hiking date to catch up with each other instead of meeting for coffee”… i can’t wait to delve into your blog more!

    1. znara Post author

      Thank you so much! I am glad to have you and hope you will enjoy everything. Please comment and let me know what you think, as you explore. Hiking is one of my true loves. It has brought me all of my very best friends too. It has even turned some of my new friends into sisters and best friends. Hiking inspires conversation and will never let you hide who you are truly.

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