Friday, June 15, 2012

AT Thru Hike Plans – Introduction

Hey all!

I’ve got a day off today, and I figured it was high time I start actually planning for this bad boy.  I plan for these posts to be both for my benefit and yours.  I’m going to go through the Appalachian Trail ThruHiker’s Companion (Robert Sylvester) and figure out what my plan for the trail is.  I also am going to work with my friend Martin who has Thru-hiked and has graciously offered to help me in me in my planning.  

I also hope for this to serve as my public itinerary to inform people where I will be, and when I will be there.

And without further ado,


My notification safety plan is to bring my phone and I was originally thinking of bringing a GPS, but I'm not sure at the moment if I'm going to do that.  The SPOT was my original idea, but I've been reading the customer reviews and it sounds like it's definitely not the way to go.  I'm going to talk with some thru-hikers and try to figure this out in the near future. 

My personal protection safety plan is pretty much going to be my judgment.  I don't intend to carry a gun or bear spray, as it's very rare people actually use a bear spray, and I've never heard of someone using their gun.

In terms of Blogging, I’m gonna really have to play this one by ear.  I plan to take LOTS of pictures and videos, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to upload those to computers along the way.  Either way, I plan to write about what I’m doing on here (pictures or not), and I plan to start a Trail Journal as that will allow fellow hikers to find me more easily.  More likely than not, I’ll go through at the end of my journey and break my pictures down into regions, and make some kind of video with the pictures I take.

I also plan to bring my journal and do lots of writing.  That will probably be very personal, but it should help me remember what I do on a day to day basis.


That's all I can think of for now.  I plan to devote a whole post to gear, so that won't be going here.  If I have any other fundamental ideas I'll add them.  Also, I thought about putting my plan of getting to the trail here, but I figured that fell more into the realm of specific Georgia plans than it does arbitrary trip ideas.


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