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Unread 03-20-2014, 07:56 AM   #1
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Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hey guys,

So I haven't spent much time on here lately but since the Jeep is still a big part of my life I thought I'd clue this great community in to a big adventure I'm about to head off on. On April 2nd I'll be flying to Atlanta, Georgia, where I'll drive an hour north to Springer Mountain, the starting point of the Appalachian Trail.

For approximately 5 months, I'll be hiking the entire Appalachian Trail (2,200 miles) from that point to the northern terminus, Mount Katahdin, in Maine. I'll be carrying roughly 30 pounds on my back with everything I'll need to stay warm, relatively dry, fed, and sheltered from the elements. Daily distances will range from 8-12 miles in the first few weeks, to upwards of 20-25 miles by the second month. I'll be entirely self contained, likely sleeping in my tent every night, although there are over 250 lean-to shelters available on the trail. Water will be collected and purified from lakes, streams, and mountain run-offs, while food will be bought in small towns every 6 days or so. We live in a technologically advanced era, and as such I'll have my iPhone with me, as well as a secondary GPS tracking device that will alert family where I am, and allow me to contact search and rescue teams should something completely disabling happen in a remote area. I'll be blogging my entire adventure from the trail once a week or so when I'm somewhere with cell service, or at a hostel near the trail with Internet.

I'd like to invite you to follow along by visiting 2180miles.com - my website for the trip. There's a form on the right side of the blog to allow you to sign up for automatic updates via e-mail, should you be interested in doing that.

I wish you all a great year of wheeling. I'll certainly miss the spring/summer months on the trails up in New England.


2180 Miles.com - Ryan McKee's Appalachian Trail Hiking Blog






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Unread 03-20-2014, 10:04 AM   #2
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A good friend of mine has through hiked the Appalachian. Remember, it's not a race. Enjoy it.

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Looking forward to it.

Not sounding paranoid but some kind of personal protect against wildlife is something to considor.
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Always wanted to do that, looking forward to seeing your progress. When I lived in New Hampshire we would often run across hikers on that section of the trail; heard some good stories.

This guy walked cross country a couple years ago and has a pretty good blog about it. Worth a look http://imjustwalkin.com/usa/

Also, it goes without saying to read Bill Bryson's book if you haven't already.

http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Red...dp/0307279464#
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****in sweet, man. The Appalachian trail is way up there on my list. I'm hoping to get down there and do a portion of it this summer.
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Good Hiking Ryan. I have the same backpack and its a good one. I will keep an eye on your journey as the Appalachian Trail is on my bucket list.
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I'll be following. I live about a mile off the AT in southern PA. I doubt I'll ever through hike it but I have been doing the local sections with a friend.
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Good luck buddy! This will be my 4th year on the AT with my son. It's the only hobby I like as much as the Jeep. Maybe we'll cross paths out there. Nice looking Jeep!
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I've always heard you have to hike several days to get away from all the hippies.
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I've got 2 firends that just finished this up in September. Totally awesome experience and like has already been said, take your time and enjoy it. That seems to be their biggest regret even though they took almost 5-6 months to do it as well.

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Had a friend start it July 7th and finish right before thanksgiving. Awesome stories. I've done only like 100 miles. Roan high knob in tn is a really nice sight to sit and relax
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ill be watching. the AT comes within a few miles of me near the va/wv border.
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Subscribed to your blog, sir! Do you mind if I shared this on my local Jeep club's forum? I know a couple guys who are into hiking and I think they'd be interested in following along as well.
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Ive seen some small parts of the trail and its beautiful. Best of luck and take care of yourself. Make sure to take ALOT of photos along the way.
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Subscribed to your blog, sir! Do you mind if I shared this on my local Jeep club's forum? I know a couple guys who are into hiking and I think they'd be interested in following along as well.
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Ive seen some small parts of the trail and its beautiful. Best of luck and take care of yourself. Make sure to take ALOT of photos along the way.
I'm a freelance photographer ;-) Lots of photos to come.
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