Hiking the AT

10:54 a.m. on April 19, 2006 (EDT)

Hello everyone. Is there anyone who could provide me with a website that has a "plan" for hiking the AT? Something like that has all the shelters and when to reach them.
I'm looking into hiking it next year, so any help would be awesome.

12:54 p.m. on April 19, 2006 (EDT)
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There's really no one-size-fits-all plan for the AT or any other long-distance hike. Weather, trail condiditons, your experience, level of fitness, and even pack weight make a big difference in how much ground you can expect to cover.

The most comprehensive guidebook to the entire AT is probably The Thru-Hikers Handbook, by Dan "Wingfoot" Bruce. He publishes an updated version every year and it includes mileages between shelters, road crossings, resupply towns, etc. You can order it from his web site at http://www.trailplace.com/

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (née Appalachian Trail Conference) publishes the Appalachian Trail Data Book, which lists landmarks and distances for the entire trail, also updated every year. The ATC also publishes a set of more detailed guidebooks and maps broken down by state/region. The ATC's web site is http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

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