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Appalachian Trail


Basic Information

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply The A.T., is a 2185.9-mile hiking trail in the eastern United States, extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. Along the way, the trail  passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, and Maine.

Hikers who are attempting to complete the entire trail in a single season are termed thru-hikers; those who traverse the trail during a series of separate trips are known as "section-hikers." The trail's rugged terrain and cold weather conditions during the spring and fall make thru-hiking an extremely demanding experience. Only about 20% of those who make the attempt actually report to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy that they have done so.  Completion of the trail generally requires five to seven months, although some have done it in as little as three months, and several "trail runners" have completed the trail in less time. Trail-runners almost always tackle the AT with automobile support teams, generally without backpacks, and frequently without camping in the woods.

Those heading from Georgia to Maine are termed "north-bounders" (also NOBO or GAME), while those heading in the opposite direction are termed "south-bounders" (also SOBO or MEGA). Northbound is the direction in which the whole route is most often attempted. Many hikers will start out in early spring and follow the warm weather as it progresses northward.

My A.T. Experiences

In October 2000 I took my first steps on the Appalachian Trail and have continued to do section hikes since.  At present, I have hiked the first 1538 miles from Springer Mountain, GA to Tyringham, MA.  At my present rate it will take until about 2020 to complete the trail.  To read narratives about my hikes on the AT, visit my trail journal is at http://www.trailjournals.com/trippclark.  Additionally, click the buttons at left to see photos of some of the beautiful scenery along the trail.  If you want to find out about the gear that I use, click HERE.

A.T. Sticker  

 In August 2012, I came up with a simple design for an A.T. sticker to put on the rear window of my car (image below, click for larger).  I made up a design and cut it and was pretty pleased with the results.  I posted a picture on Whiteblaze.net to show folks, and a few individuals responded to the thread saying they would like to buy one.  In response to this, I am setting up a mechanism where folks can customize and order one.

  Price is $6.  Shipping is free.  Specify direction (GA 2 ME or ME to GA) and mileage to display.  There is a section during check-out for special instructions.  If color desired is anything other than white, send an e-mail with desired color and I'll let you know if the color is available.  Size is approx. 5.5" tall by 5" wide.  If a different size is desired, contact in advance for price.

E-mail is trippclark at gmail dot com

"Official" A.T. Mileage for recent years:  2013 = 2185.9, 2012 = 2184.2, 2011 = 2181.0, 2010 = 2179.1, 2009 = 2178.3, 2008 = 2176.2

 
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