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Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail

Tenacious hikers in Maine’s Baxter State Park approach the 5,211-foot-high (1,588-meter-high) Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
Photograph by Chris Rainier

In the September issue of TRAVELER, a group of hikers reunite to embark on a fierce climb and reflect upon their 1979 thru-hiking days along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Here, we give you the best links the Web offers on hiking the famed trail. Plus, see our online guide in which we profile 22 A.T. day hikes.

BASICS

Planning Your Hike
www.atconf.org/hike/plan/index.html
Guidance from the Appalachian Trail Conference (A.T.C.) on hike-planning with directions on everything from proper clothing and equipment to health and safety procedures; plus, a link for preparing to thru-hike

Packing Your Backpack
www.atctrailstore.org
A direct link to the A.T.C.’s store, where you can order guides, workbooks, maps, and video for information on appropriate hiking gear

Getting There
www.landings.com/_landings/pages/airports.html
A searchable index with links for U.S. airports in every state

Acquiring Weather Forecasts
weather.noaa.gov
Includes links for information on current forecasts and storm warnings for every state in the U.S.

ESSENTIALS

Regional Trail Clubs
members.aol.com/franklogue/Atclubs.html
Contains information and links for 32 A.T. clubs that handle inquiries on region-specific hikes

TRAIL BOOKS

www.atctrailstore.org
Includes ordering information for official guidebooks and The Best of the Appalachian Trail Day-Hikes and The Best of the Appalachian Trail Overnight-Hikes by Victoria and Frank Logue; plus, videos and workbooks for thru-hikers

members.xoom.com/norulak/Appalachian.htm
Links to order four books—A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, The Best of the Appalachian Trail Day-Hikes by Victoria and Frank Logue, The Appalachian Trail: A Journey of Discovery by Jan D. Curran, and The Appalachian Trail: How to Prepare For & Hike It by Jan D. Curran

shop.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?
WRD=Appalachian+Trail

A direct link to overviews and ordering information for 99 Appalachian Trail-related books sold by Barnes & Noble

TRAIL MAPS

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngstore/ngsstore.htm
Ordering information for National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps—such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—that illustrate parts of the A.T.

www.omnimap.com/catalog/cats/regions.htm#p2
Includes ordering information for 15 different detailed maps on sections of the A.T.

www.fred.net/kathy/at/maps.html
Links to various online maps of the A.T., including detailed trail maps for day and overnight hikes

THRU-HIKERS RESOURCES

www.trailplace.com
Provides an overview of the A.T., a definition of thru-hiking, daily reports from thru-hikers on the A.T., and a hike-planning forum

www.inmind.com/nbatc/thru_hiking.htm
Includes advice on such topics as food, planning, conditioning, and supplies from a couple who were thru-hikers in 1987

www.aldha.org/headline.htm
News headlines about the trail with links to articles on topics that particularly concern thru-hikers

suite101.com/welcome.cfm/walking
Links to articles with advice on such topics as readjusting to daily life after a long hike, overcoming hardships during the hike, and methods for creating lighter backpack loads

www.trailside.com/nav_explore.htm
Click on “Season Three” to order Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail, a documentary that follows three hikers as they make the journey from Georgia to Maine

HIKER’S TALES

Journals
www.trailjournals.com
Journal entries from hikers; plus, an extensive photo gallery of A.T. sites and a directory of A.T. hikers

www.heedeshike.com
Periodically updated notations and photographs from a hiker who is currently striving to cover the entire trail

homepages.go.com/homepages/e/r/i/erikeichinger
Chatty journal entries in which this writer expresses opinions on trails and describes characters he meets along the way; plus related links

www.earthsystems.org/AT
Informative writings from two current hikers, with details on shelters and trails; plus, photo galleries

w3.nai.net/~exile/Hail-nf.html
An online journal collection that is divided into 26 chapters, plus a prologue

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Appalachian Trail Conference (A.T.C.)
www.atconf.org
Information gathered by the A.T.C., including trail organization links, basic facts on hiking the A.T., wildlife overviews, safety guidelines, itineraries, cooking suggestions, recommended equipment, and more

Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hikers Association
www.aldha.org
A cyber meeting place for A.T. hikers that includes information on gatherings, projects, and work trips; plus, related links

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