Chris's AT2020 blog

Part 1

Hey y’all! Welcome to the blog of my 2020 attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail is a ~3500km (2169miles) footpath through the Appalachian Mountain system in the Eastern United States. The trail goes from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, and can be walked in either Northbound (NOBO) or Southbound (SOBO) direction. Due to weather constraints, NOBO (from Springer to Katahdin) is the most popular along backpackers, and I will also attempt a NOBO thru-hike.

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Appalachian trail (white blaze)

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Side trail not part of the AT (blue blaze)

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Shelter

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Official campground

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Hostel

Planning

On average it takes long-distance hikers 5.5 months to complete the whole trail, and with my US B1/B2 VISA I can stay for 180 continuous days in the United States. I’ll fly to Atlanta on March 25th, and return from Boston on September 19th, for a total of 179 days including travel to/from the trailhead.

The Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail. The ‘Triple Crown of Hiking‘ in the United States.

Gear

The base-weight (weight of the backpack without water or food) is about 7kg, and the maximum weight with 5 days of food and a liter of water is about 12kg:

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