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Appalachian Trail Backpacking Gift Guide

Here is a selection of must-have holiday gifts for the Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker or Section Hiker in your family.

Thru-Hiker License Plate

Section Hiker License Plate

These high quality plastic license plate frames are hand-made for your order. Covered in high quality outdoor vinyl lettering, these frames are designed to last a minimum of 7 years and will not rust like traditional chrome metal frames.

Hiker Trash License PLate

AT Guide 2016
David (Awol) Miller’s A.T. Guide is the guidebook of choice for hikes of any length on the Appalachian Trail. The book contains thousands of landmarks such as campsites, water sources, summits and gaps. The trail’s elevation profile is included and every landmark is aligned to the profile. Hikers using this guide know where they are on the trail, what views, streams and campsites are ahead, and whether they’ll be hiking uphill or downhill to get there.

ENO Appalachian Trail Conservancy Hammock
ENO Appalachian Trail Conservancy Hammock

$10 from the purchase of the ENO Appalachian Trail Hammock ($69.95) goes directly to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to help preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail. Features limited-edition colors and an ATC woven label. High-strength, breathable woven nylon and triple interlocking stitching holds up to use and abuse; nylon is quick to dry. Lightweight aluminum wiregate carabiners can be clipped to any solid anchor points; compatible with most hammock suspension systems.

Darn Tough Socks
Darn Tough Socks

Guaranteed not to wear out, Darn Tough Socks are a favorite of long distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

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For anyone who loves the outdoors or dreams of taking this legendary hike, The Appalachian Trail 2017 Wall Calendar – published with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy – explores the highlights of this famous route with 12 spectacular images by professional photographers.

Appalachian Trail Buff
Appalachian Trail Buff

Buff USA, makers of the Original Buff for ATC in 2000, turned the popular strip map of the whole A.T. into a collage and then into a new Appalachian Trail Buff, part of a Triple Crown series. Like all other Buffs, it can be worn in more than a dozen ways but most wear it on their heads.

America's Great Hiking Trails by Karen Berger
America’s Great Hiking Trails by Karen Berger

Best Outdoor Book of the Year, America’s Great Hiking Trails is a beautifully illustrated and meticulously detailed, this is every hiker’s dream book. It follows 11 of America’s historic long-distance trails including the Continental Divide Trail running through Montana to New Mexico. A wonderful coffee table book, Berger and Smith detail specific needs for hikers, while inspiring them with breathtaking photography and flawless storytelling. This is a perfect bucket list for hikers of all ages.

Appalachian Trail White Blaze T-Shirt
Appalachian Trail White Blaze T-Shirt

The Appalachian Trail White Blaze T-shirt is 100% pre-shrunk cotton with a standard fit and crew neckline. Available in multiple colors and sizes. Machine wash cold.

Appalachian Trail Hacky Sack
Appalachian Trail Hacky Sack

The Appalachian Trail Hacky Sack is made in Guatemala. Often called “foot bags” they are all cotton with small plastic beads inside. They are firm when you buy them but quickly become soft and easy to work with.

Appalachian Trails, A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trails, A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

Perhaps the most important book you can buy an Appalachian Trail Hiker, Zach Davis’ Appalachian Trails, A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail, focuses on the most important and overlooked piece of equipment of all- the gear between one’s ears. Filled with first-hand, touching yet humorous vignettes and down-to-earth advice that both instructs and inspires, Appalachian Trials gives readers the mental road map they’ll need to hike from Springer Mountain to Mt.Katahdin

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