More Appalachian Trail facts to wet your appetite with 😉
So, you’re going North, that’ll mean you won’t see snow, right?
Well a lot of that depends on Mother Nature ( and lately she has been making odd decisions ), snow and ice storms linger through April at higher elevations in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Are you going to sleep outdoors, all the time?
Most of the time, yes. There are shelters along the trail, or lean-to’s. The rule is first come, first serve. So, worst case scenario, you move on to the next shelter, if it is close enough, or you use your tent. In towns, there are a great deal of hostels set up specifically for thru-hikers. These are wonderful things because it gives a hiker an opportunity to shower.
How much will your pack weigh?
Ideally, a pack should weigh no more than 35 pounds. Less weight equals a faster pace.
Where is the halfway point?
Harper’s Ferry is known as the “psychological” halfway point and it is where the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s headquarters is located. The actual halfway point is located in Pennsylvania.
How do you resupply?
Resupplying is mostly done through what is known as a mail drop. Usually, when planning the hike you pre-package supplies and have them sent down to the post offices in the town’s you will be walking through. This eliminates the need to carry cash.
So, everyday, that’s all you do, walk?!
Why, YES! Well, for the most part. Hiking the trail becomes your job. You wake up everyday and walk, the reality is, though hiking the Appalachian Trail is an enlightening experience, it isn’t a vacation. Unless you consider making your body exercise for 8-12 hours a day as a vacation. ( Most people don’t) The goal is to hike an average of 12 miles a day. Though sometimes, you need a break and have what is known as a zero miler day. All sorts of things can come up, bad weather, a swollen knee, or just the need to take a day off and stay in a trail town for an extra bit of time. But, for the majority of those 6 months, you walk. Everyday.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the Appalachian Trail. Obviously, I will be learning more as I undertake this challenge and I look forward to sharing the experience with you.