I Want to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 358 People

    I Need A Hiking Buddy.

    I'm planning on hiking the southern portion of the AT, from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Damascus, Virginia. I have some family in Ellijay, Georgia, about an hour away for the trailhead, so there is a couch to crash on an a free ride to the trail. This will be my first attempt...
    Karolinathespacecadet Karolinathespacecadet
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2013

    Need A (Sectional) A.T. Female Hiking Buddy...

    So here's the scoop. I'm a 52 yr old, North Carolina female, that loves the outdoors but needs an outdoor buddy or group that wants to hike the Northbound A.T. this spring. My family and friends already think I'm nuts because I even like hiking much less do they want to...
    KrazyKatP KrazyKatP
    56-60, F
    3 Responses May 19, 2013

    Finally Ready To Partake In This Incredible Journey! Who'S Coming Along?

    Hey, all. My name's Katie. I've always been incredibly drawn to the mountains, but I grew up on the beach with a family who didn't exactly share my love of the outdoors. I've always dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail, and don't see any reason to put it off any longer. The...
    katiebird7 katiebird7
    22-25, F
    5 Responses May 17, 2013

    Spring Is Here

    I have hiked parts of the AT in New England. Now that I live in the south, I want to start in the south and move north. I am thinking the spring may be the best time to start this process, before it gets to hot.
    ohnudeone ohnudeone
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Apr 1, 2009

    Moosejaw Hiking Gear Coupon Code

    Hey guys just bought some hiking gear from Moosejaw website and used a 10% OFF coupon code that worked Moosejaw Coupon Code = STYLE type the code in at the websites check out for the 10% off the total purchase price plus it added Free shipping on my purchases. it said this...
    chanelc707 chanelc707
    26-30, F
    Sep 24, 2013

    No One To Hike With.

    I am a 30 year old male.I want to thru hike the trail in the spring. Leaving in march. I was hoping to find a group/person to hike with. If you are interested in hiking I can be reached at landklandscape@hotmail.com. I would want to chat first to make sure That we are...
    EddieFalson EddieFalson
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Feb 9, 2010

    Hiking Beginning In Ga The First Week In July

    My hiking buddy bailed on me so now I am trying to find someone else to hike with.  Let me know if you want to  come!
    LindseyPoo LindseyPoo
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Apr 27, 2010

    Support Crew Offer: Thinking about getting back

    to the AT this summer. Hiked from Springer to Damascus in '89, but this time I'm going to do day hikes and pull my popup camper along the route. Thinking I might be able to 'support crew' a few thru-hikers along the way. I hope to spend a good bit of time (while waiting) writing...
    DrJohnL DrJohnL
    66-70, M
    Feb 8, 2016

    My Dream

    My first life goal has always been to walk the Appalachian Mountains, I plan on doing it when I turn 25, but I want to be completly prepared for my adventure. Im just not sure where to start? Any suggestions? Any Suggestions on Books and reasearch information? Im already training...
    jek1990 jek1990
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 7, 2013

    Do you think you will ever forget about this

    after it is done, in your whole life? I will be leaving from Northern Georgia on April 1 2014 and returning sometime in September 2014 Everything else is attainable. I am compatible with anyone that is like minded.
    JFeral JFeral
    66-70, M
    1 Response Jan 4, 2014

    Looking To Join A Group To Hike A.t.

    I have a month or so this spring/summer to hike part of the trail. Don't want to go at it solo. Looking to start or join a group to share this experience in a fun, supportive and safe way. Will gladly provide contact info to other interested peeps!
    FleabiteJRIII FleabiteJRIII
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 4, 2013

    I would rather hike the PCT

    than the AT, since there is a larger reported incidence of violence on AT. AT does have it's perks like being closer to towns and Trail Angels (is that only a PCT term?). Mostly I like the idea of long term hiking. PCT is closer to me as well, but it was the Bryson novel that...
    dustypork dustypork
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 19, 2015

    Hiking Partner

    Hey out there! I have started the AT and need a hiking partner for section hiking. I'd like to do 3-4 weeks per year, 2 in spring and 2 in fall or 4 in summer, am flexible.  Any takers?  I am an experienced backpacker...ready to go!  
    Dakota99 Dakota99
    3 Responses Mar 14, 2009

    Always wanted to do this

    and am going to get to do a memorial hike in March. It's obviously not the whole thing but baby steps. :)
    RhettWilkes RhettWilkes
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 6, 2014

    I went to go hike it this year

    but the person I was with slipped off an edge on blood mountain. I had to carry them down and take them to a hospital. Unfortunately I could not return to the trail, but I am willing to give it another go.
    Lanajamba Lanajamba
    18-21, F
    Aug 3, 2015

    Hi, Just Realized I Need To Hike :)

    Hello, my name is Danny. I just realized today that hiking the Appalachian Mountins is more than a beautiful thought. I have backpacking experience from the scouts. I already have my bag packed, has been packed for a long time :P. Im hoping to not start my journey by myself...
    danwantstohike danwantstohike
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Mar 15, 2013

    I Want To Thru Hike The At Next Spring

    I want to hike the Appalachian Trail next year, starting in the beginning of April. I believe I'm heading south to Georgia, but I might change my mind. I will be 18.5-19 when I start my hike. Does anyone have any tips? Especially with respect to getting fit for this feat.
    dauphina dauphina
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Jun 5, 2012

    Hi! I'm new here and am looking

    for anyone who wants to hike the trail. I can only do bits at a time starting in Ga. I'm thinking of late April. Anyone interested?
    KimK41 KimK41
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jan 7, 2015

    I've always wanted to get away from my typical

    life and explore nature and walk through part of the world.
    kaseys14 kaseys14
    16-17, F
    Aug 10, 2014

    Can'T Wait Till Start

    I am looking forward to start my thru hike on the AT. I am expecting to be in to make reservations at the hiker hostel for overnight on March 31 and hike up to Springer on the first. I am looking for people to enjoy the hike with and become friends with in the process.
    RayRantz RayRantz
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jun 19, 2013

    I Want To Hike A Small Portion Of The App Trail After Graduation On May 12th... Any Takers?

    I have a dream of hiking the whole trail but because of life circumstances .. Job... I can only go for about a week. If anyone is interested in getting a group together let me know (:
    treewithroots treewithroots
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2013

    I Want To Find A Group To Hike The Appalachian Trail With

    I want to find a group to hike the appalachian trail with. I have been really interested in hiking it for awhile and really need more information. If there is anything you can provide please let me know. Thanks so much.
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 19, 2013

    Hello all,I'm looking to hike the entire AT

    trail in PA this July or August. As of now.. It's just me and the pooch. I would like someone to accompany me this summer.. so if you're up for it.. I'm your guy!
    JustACollegeKidWC JustACollegeKidWC
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 26, 2015

    I Bought My Pack!

    The most important item a hiker buys is his pack - and now I've got one! They ordered it at overnight delivery, and now a neon orange xenon 70 is mine! I had to go through a lot to get it, though... We walked into the Appalachian Outfitter near Luray, Virginia. I said I wanted...
    Coinvolta Coinvolta
    22-25, F
    11 Responses Nov 4, 2010

    A Pact.

    My brother took a year off college and hiked the entire trail--over 2000 miles. I was in elementary school at the time and quite jealous of this massive excursion of his. My best friend and I made a pact that one day we'd hike it too. I'd settle for hiking at least part of it...
    wonderlust wonderlust
    31-35, F
    13 Responses Nov 2, 2007

    Hi,my name is Jimi ,

    and I've been prepping to hike the whole AT(appalachian trail). I'd rather have a hiking buddy to go with. I am 25.It doesn't matter if you are a girl or guy, and it doesn't matter what your age is, just as long as your serious about hiking the whole trail. I'm wanting to leave...
    QuOnTuM QuOnTuM
    26-30, M
    4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

    Goin' For A Little Walk...

    I'm planning on setting out on the A.T. this spring, sometime around the 15th of March. Hoping to complete a thru-hike, but in reality I'll go as far as I can. I've done a fair share of the Pacific Crest Trail (about 1000 miles worth), as well as sections of the Ouachita and...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 30, 2012

    2014 AT Hike

    Hey Everyone, My name is Sara and I have always wanted to hike the Trail. I live in MN and am outside all the time but I miss the mountains that we don't have out here. I go up to the Boundary Waters for a few weeks every year. I also have a few 20-30 day backpacking trips under...
    Baldie23 Baldie23
    26-30, F
    6 Responses Jun 11, 2013

    I did better I walked the 538 mileFrench

    Pyrenees trail in a month from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean coast
    Iam50 Iam50
    51-55, F
    4 Responses Aug 7, 2014

    Thru Hiking Appalachian Trail 2013 Buddy

    I am planning on hiking the AT in April or may of 2013. I am turning 21 in the winter, female, and have nobody to go with. I've been reading story upon story of experiences and realize that I will surely pick up friends quickly, but it would be pretty nice to start off with a...
    staciamary staciamary
    18-21, F
    13 Responses Oct 17, 2012

    Hi, I'm planning on hiking the Appalachian

    Trail this summer (3rd week of May until the the last week of July). I plan to start in Massachusetts or Connecticut and end in Maine. I have a good amount of experience hiking. I am looking to see if there is also someone else who is doing the trail at the same time. I would...
    YuliaRose YuliaRose
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2014

    I live on the trail well right next to it

    and I would love to do it that weekend you can do it sectioned off on weekends I think I'm going to do it
    sirnatural sirnatural
    41-45, M
    Feb 5, 2016

    Hiking The A.t.

    Hi! I am interested in hiking the AT also! I am new to this website so I don't know exactly how it works but am def interested in finding new friends to hike with starting in GA on at AT....thanks! bev
    Bevy1969 Bevy1969
    61-65, F
    4 Responses Jan 17, 2013

    Thru-hike 2013

    I am looking to form a group for a hike starting in May 2013. I am in Denver, CO and am interested in anyone and everyones advice and suggestions. Thanks all.
    JGorski JGorski
    26-30, M
    4 Responses May 7, 2012

    I want to do this so bad,

    but my job and personal responsibilities prohibit me taking the time to do it. I know you can do it in pieces and that would still be cool, but man I would love to thru hike it and just get lost in nature and the subculture of it.
    hisdudeness3 hisdudeness3
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jun 5, 2015

    This Is What Happens When You Drink Along The Trail

    Pink blazing. Yellow blazing. Slack packing. There is a subculture going on along the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine, and its initiates, both nobos and sobos, already know these terms. There are a whole lot of books about "the long green tunnel" and prospective hikers...
    Coinvolta Coinvolta
    22-25, F
    32 Responses Nov 1, 2010

    My Experience With The Appalachian Trail.

    I didn't even know what the Appalachian Trail was until a few years ago when I started dating this girl. I'm a big outdoorsy type and I was way before I met her but she showed me so much about her experiences on the A.T. and in Alaska. I met her over facebook (we went to the same...
    tuckerjonelly tuckerjonelly
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Mar 7, 2011

    Bonding Time With My 16 Year Old Before She Heads Off To Collage.

    Looking forward to 16 days on the trail in June,2014. I spent many nights in the Boundary Waters in northern MN and lots more time in Wisconsin Dells so this is going to be fun for us. We will start at Fontana Dam NC and make our way up to Standing Bear Farm Hostel by day 9 and...
    ItsTimeToHike ItsTimeToHike
    36-40, M
    Aug 25, 2013

    We All Hike Our Own Hike

    We all have our own reasons why we want to thru hike the Appalachian Trail.  For me I hve always wanted to hike the trail since my father told me about it when I was a kid.  I have spent six months in Himalayan Mountains and have ten years of military experience; no worries Im...
    Jake0331 Jake0331
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 27, 2011

    I've hiked parts or the AT,

    but planning on thru-hiking N to S starting around mid to late May or when Baxter State Park opens
    Direwolf65 Direwolf65
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jun 20, 2015

    I Don't Know When....

    But I want to hike the trail (or at least a piece of it!) some day. It's definitely on my bucket list.
    ThatsJustMarvelous ThatsJustMarvelous
    31-35, F
    1 Response Dec 8, 2012

    Yep Yep Yep

    i drive a truck and i see signs for it all the time and it has been a dream of mine for a long time but i'm getting too old now to even consider doing the whole thing so maybe i can hike part of it someday
    ihaveanameitsrick ihaveanameitsrick
    46-50, M
    6 Responses Jan 25, 2009

    Hey, I want to hike the trail this spring summer

    for around 2 weeks. I'm in NJ, is there anyone, or a few people that would like to do a couple weeks together?
    whoawhoawhoa123 whoawhoawhoa123
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 21, 2016

    Don't think I will be able to dedicate

    that big of a block of time. Until then I will just enjoy short sections.
    in2mec in2mec
    56-60, M
    1 Response Dec 17, 2013
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