“Over 2,000 miles,” Joel would add.
That’s right, Joel and I are making the preparations as we speak to embark on the trek of a lifetime. And we’d love for you to come along and join us! Joel will be vlogging our trek from his new YouTube channel you can subscribe to here: Joel Wanders. If you want a preview of what vlogging the AT looks like you can check out RedBeard, Jacob Downing, or the married couple Hitched Hike as they make their way through the entire trail.
I also recently became a part a blogging community whose platform was recently called “Appalachian Trials” but has since just launched its new website called The Trek. I am a part of the class of 2017 writers for next year’s hike. Yes, people are already blogging about their upcoming hike next year, including me. You can check out my first post HERE and my second one HERE. If you want to subscribe to my blogging posts you can do that HERE.
We hope to keep this website updated with the progress of both.
For fact nerds like me here’s a little break down of the AT straight from Wiki:
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km)[a] long, though the precise length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through 14 states: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
The Appalachian Trail was completed in 1937 after more than a decade of work, although improvements and changes continue. It is maintained by 31 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms. The trail conservancy claims that the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail in the world.
At least 2 million people are said to do at least one day-hike on the trail each year. Thru-hikers attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season — more than 2,700 people thru-hiked the trail in 2014 — and some hike from one end to the other, then turn around and thru-hike the trail the other way, known as a “yo-yo”. Many books, memoirs, web sites, and fan organizations are dedicated to these pursuits.
A Word of Warning
One thing you should expect to hear a lot about if you are brave enough to come with us on this adventure is gear. If there is one thing this AT hiker subculture loves, its their hiking gear. Countless hundreds of hours exist on YouTube and words on blogs of people reviewing, sharing and going over their gear. By the way, keep your eye out for Joel and I’s gear review shortly!