If you have even remotely considered hiking the length of the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, then you’ve “heard the challenge.” The question now is…will you answer it? If you have been on the fence about doing a thru-hike, the job of this book is to gently nudge, possibly even shove you off that fence, into the direction of the Appalachian Trail. But, if your mind is already made up to embark on this once in a lifetime adventure, then prepare to have your confidence elevated to new heights. Knowledge is power and information is currency; I intend to make you powerfully rich, in regards to the Appalachian Trail, as you read through the contents of this book.
The subjects of this work include, but are far from limited to…
-Preparing your life for a thru-hike
-Mental preparation (what you bring within yourself is far more important than what you put in your pack).
-Physical preparation (I’ve been a strength and conditioning specialist for nearly a decade).
-Hiking with a dog (I’ve done the whole trail with one)
-Insights and information into nearly every aspect of thru-hiking, as well as life on trail and much, much more.
-Extensive information regarding gear and itemized lists of what this journey requires.
-Insights into each state, as well as noteworthy regions and the obstacles/highlights they present.
This book is not designed nor intended to be a “how to” or a “guidebook.” It is simply designed to present you with information while simultaneously inspiring the confidence to use that information in making decisions that are perfect for you. Even if you have no plans to hike the Appalachian Trail, there is a plethora of useful information regarding long distance hiking, hiking in general, life in general, and gear selection.