Preparation? What preparation?

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Hiking the Great Wall totally counts as preparation

A lot, actually.  Unless you’re an experienced thru-hiker (which I’m not), you probably can’t just decide to hike the AT tomorrow and be ready. If you can, congrats! There is a lot more that goes into it than I thought. I’m really glad I gave myself about a year to prepare.

Even just getting the gear I need is a long process. I’ve had to do so much research into different brands and which products have the most success on the trail and will last. 

Food, well food is a huge issue, especially due to my allergies. I’ll probably give food its own post – it deserves it.

Then, I need to know the trail so I don’t die. I need maps, information on poisonous plants and which mushrooms I can safely eat in case I get hungry, etc. The AT is very different depending on what section you are on and which state you are in.

 

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Ok, I didn’t hike the whole thing

This is all just the research aspect of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Some of the most important preparation though will happen as I do practice hikes whether for a day or a few nights. I’ll let you know how that goes when I get there…

 

 

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