Maine is arguably the hardest part of the Appalachian Trail. It’s 267 miles of hard walking with root choked trails, relentless mountains, and potentially frightening water crossings when it rains, which is often.
The northernmost section of the Maine Appalachian Trail is called the 100 Mile Wilderness, and it’s about as remote as you can get in the Northeastern United States, with few resupply options. It’s recommended that hikers entering the Wilderness, especially those not hardened by 2000 miles of thru-hiking, bring 10 days of food with them to get from one end to the other, although hiking the 100 miles can take as little as 7 days if you have good weather.
Upcoming Talks at Boston Area REIs
If you’re interested in learning more about the 100 Mile Wilderness and how to prepare for it, I’ll be giving several talks this week and next about my experience hiking there:
- Thursday (9/15/2011) at REI in North Reading, Massachusetts at 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
- Wednesday (9/22/2011) at the REI in Framingham, Massachusetts from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Registration is required to reserve a seat, although I’ve never seen REI refuse a walk-in. :-)
I’d love to meet you if you can come, otherwise you can view my slideshow here.