Starting on 16th April I’ll be hiking the Appalachian Trail. This 2190 mile trail will be the 3rd of the long distance hiking trails that I will attempt. In 2015 I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and in 2016 I hiked the Continental Divide Trail. Should I succeed in this hike I will have completed the ‘Triple Crown’ of Hiking.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is possibly the most well known long distance hiking trail in the world. It’s the most popular long distance Trail in North America with about 5000 people attempting to hike the whole Trail in a year, it is estimated that less than 25% successfully finish. This is substantially less than the estimated 2,000,000 plus people that spend at least one day hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail every year. Hiking the Appalachian Trail trail is very popular.

In recent weeks I’ve finalised my Appalachian Trail Gear List. This year the base weight of my pack will be about 6.5kg. For part of the trail I’ll be going ‘stoveless‘ to reduce weight and take advantage of the warmer weather to rehydrate meals instead of cook. The trail is close to a lot of  towns so I will not be in the wilderness for too long without a substantial meal.

Now it’s time to show you what gear I’m carrying then hit the trail.

Appalachian Trail Gear List
Day Zero – Preparation Day
Day 1 – Appalachian Trail
Day 2 – Finally Meeting Other Hikers
Day 3 – Major Gear Malfunction
Day 4 – Illness Sets in
Day 5 – What a Difference 24 hours makes – Hiawassee
Day 6 – The Lands of the Cherokee
Day 7 – My First Week on the Trail
Day 8 – And then the rain came
Day 9 – The burnt forest
Day 10 – The Trail Can be Lonely Sometimes
Day 11 – Fontana Dam and Smokies
Day 12 – Rain in the Smokies
Day 13 – Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the trail
Day 14 – Out if the Smokies and a Trail Reunion
Day 15 – Max Patch Magic
Day 16 – Hot Springs Reunion
Day 17 – Perfect Weather
Day 18 – The Calm before the wind
Day 19 – The Wind
Day 20 – Into the town of Erwin for food
Day 21 – And then it snowed
Day 22 – Best Day Yet
Day 23 – The Roan Highlands
Day 24 – Waterfall and Gorges
Day 25- A Walk in the the woods
Day 26-27 – Into Damascus, Virginia
Day 28 – And then there were three
Day 29 – Kicked in the Balls by a Wild Pony
Day 30 – Into Marion Virginia for Pizza
Day 31 – No Energy Today
Day 32 – Feeling Dehydrated
Day 33 – Goodbye Shogun
Day 34-35 – Damascus – Trail Days
Day 36 – Back to the Trail
Day 37 – Nero In Pearisburg
Day 38 – More rain
Day 39 – Still It Rains
Day 40 – Sun And Magic
Day 41 – Best Views On the AT
Day 42 – Daleville
Day 43 – Heavy Backpack and Heavy Rain
Day 44 -The Crowd is Thinning
Day 45 – My First 30 Plus Mile Day
Day 46 – Dramatic Skies
Day 47 – 48 – Wildlife and Wild Life
Day 49 – Shenandoah National Park
Day 50 – Bear on the Appalachian Trail
Day 51 – Luxurious Hiking
Day 52 – Hardest Day Yet
Day 53 – It’s Raining Again
Day 54 – 1000 Miles and 1000 Smiles
Day 55 – Harpers Ferry
Day 56-58 – Appalachian Trail to Washington DC
Day 59 – Hiking into Maryland
Day 60 – Welcome to Pennsylvania
Day 61 – Rattlesnakes on the Appalachian Trail
Day 62 – Ice Cream Challange
Day 63 – Two Towns in One Day
Day 64 – Headaches and Fatigue
Day 65 – Big Day of Thunderstorms
Day 66 – Day of Snakes and Ticks
Day 67 – Appalachian Trail World Hike Naked Day
Day 68 – Too Much Amazing Food
Day 69 – Rocks, Flowers, Frogs and Porcupines but no Water
Day 70 – Trail Magic – Where is Everyone
Day 71 – Hello New Jersey
Day 72 – Knotts and the Appalachian Trail Speed Record
Day 73 – Wetlands, Pizza and the Playboy Bunny
Day 74 – Good Bye New Jersey, Hello New York
Day 75-79 – New York, New York,
Day 80

10 Responses

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Thanks Heather it promises to be a great hike

  1. Brent Milton Johnson

    Ready to follow you along again, Hope it is a great hike and that you stay well

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