Appalachian Trail Waypoints: (degrees minutes seconds - logged with a Magellan GPS 315 - before Selective Accuracy was turned off)
General Reno Monument, Maryland: 39° 28' 11" / 077° 37' 00" (logged 30Oct99 1:57:02PM)
I-70 Footbridge: 39° 32' 08" / 077° 36' 23" (17Oct99 11:05:37 AM)
Route 77 Maryland: 39° 38' 27" / 077° 32' 59" (07Nov99 3:44:45PM)
A Ledge in Virginia: 39° 04' 18" / 077° 55' 03" (23Oct99 2:23:20PM)
Bridge past a campsite: 39° 04' 15" / 077° 54' 15" (23Oct99 1:53:55PM)
Route 16: 39° 44' 29" / 077° 29' 25" (28Nov99 2:01:44PM)
Route 40 Maryland Parking: 39° 32' 08" / 77° 36' 16 (17Oct99 11:10:37AM)
Route 494: 39° 39' 53" / 077° 32' 08" (28Nov99 2:36:51PM)
The Appalachian Trail Workbook for Planning Thru-Hikes - Walking in the woods for 2,168 miles over up to seven months takes planning, a lot of planning -- where to sleep, how to resupply food, where to get mail and when. This rip-out-the-pages workbook gives you not just advice from those who have done it but checklists, shelter lists, post office lists and easy ways to put it all together
The Appalachian Trail Backpacker : Trail-Proven Advice for Hikes of Any Length - The essential guide for preparing for a hike of any length along the Trail. With the help of dozens of their hikers, the authors have gathered over 100,000 miles of AT experience into this common sense guide. From boots to sleeping bags, from stove to tents (and the backpack to put it all in), this book considers the weight, cost and practicality for every item you need. Through anecdotes, this book prepares hikers for what to expect from animals, weather other hikers and more. This is the Revised Version Victoria and Frank Logues bestselling Appalachian Trail Backpackers Planning Guide. It has been updated to cover the latest equipment and offers new chapters on winter backpacking and hiking with children.
An Eye on the Horizon : An Appalachian Trail Odyssey - The author shares the sights, sounds, feelings, and the many personal adventures and challenges he experienced on his 2158.8-mile section-hike of this remarkable footpath from Georgia to Maine. Included are over 100 pictures and maps documenting his journey. Hiking the Appalachian Trail was a dream he had since childhood; and, at the age of 66, he demonstrates that through faith, patience and commitment-dreams can come true.
The Appalachian Trail : How to Prepare for & Hike It - The book provides a general overview of the many issues that face Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. It is well-organized, beginning with the trail's history, moving through planning and equipment/food, injuries and first aid. Also covered are animal issues, sanitation and etiquette. The final chapter lists some information about portions of the trail which might be interesting to those who only wish to hike certain pieces of the trail. Most useful are the appendices, which provide necessary information about equipment manufacturers, Post Offices near the trail, ATC trail-maintaining clubs and maps.
Appalachian Trail Resources:
- Appalachian Trail Conference Page - The Appalachian Trail Conference, a volunteer-centered nonprofit, maintains the 2,167-mile Appalachian Trail footpath and helps manage the lands that protect it.
- Potomac Appalachian Trail Club - A volunteer trails organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. region. The club has a membership of 7,000. The main purpose of the PATC involves upkeep and improvement of 970 miles of hiking trails, 30 shelters, and 28 cabins in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. This includes 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and 730 miles of other hiking trails in National Parks, National Forests, State Parks, Regional Parks, and local parks
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail - National Park Service Page - The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,158-mile (3,480.6 km) footpath along the ridge crests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin in the central Maine wilderness to Springer Mountain in a designated wilderness area in north Georgia. The trail traverses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Primary use is by weekend or short-term hikers. "Thru-hikers" generally start from the South in early spring and hike the entire length in 5 to 6 months. The Trail is managed by volunteers in 32 local clubs under Appalachian Trail Conference auspices through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. The Trail is the first completed unit of the National Trails System established by Congress and the President on Oct. 2, 1968; initiated by volunteers in October in 1921 and completed by volunteers on Aug. 14, 1937. More than 98% of the Trail is now on public land.
- Appalachian Trail Home Page - with fresh, updated links