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AT Shelters are a great place to make new friends - Bearfence Shelter in Shenandoah National Park

Do You Need a Tent to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

Had a reader contact me recently asking whether it was necessary to bring a tent to hike the Appalachian Trail. She planned to stay in the trail shelters in Shenandoah National Park (in April) and had been thinking about leaving her tent at home. First off, when hiking the Appalachian Trail you always want to […]

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Appalachian Trail White Blaze T-Shirt

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. 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 […]

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Appalachian Trail - 2000 Mile Mark in Maine

10 Frugal Thru-Hiking Tips

Taking time to hike the Appalachian Trail can be expensive if you don’t spend your money wisely. Here are a few tips to keep your costs to a minimum without going primal. Being a frugal thru-hiker or section hiker can halve the estimated $5000 that it takes to hike a long trail. 1. Don’t Pay for […]

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Appalachian Trail Cell Phone Guide

Cell phones have become a ubiquitous sight in the Appalachian Trail and for good reason. Cell phone service is pretty good along most of the trail, provided your phone is on the Verizon Network or serviced by a discount network like StraightTalk. (StraightTalk is much less expensive than Verizon but has the identical coverage.) If your cell […]

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