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How to Prepare to Hike the Appalachian Trail

Watch more Hiking Equipment & Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Prepare to hike the Appalachian Trail by following these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Decide how far Decide how far you want to hike. A hike on the Appalachian Trail can be anything from a short day hike to a 2,175-mile trip along the entire length of the trail. Step 2: Consider when you want to hike. If possible, plan to avoid times when the trail is muddy, crowded, or plagued with insects. Tip A northbound hike from Georgia to Maine typically begins in March or April and ends in September. The reverse route is usually hiked between June or July and November. Step 3: Decide where Give some thought to where you want to hike. Identify a section of the trail, and consult a guidebook to become familiar with the route. Step 4: Decide how much Determine how much distance you can realistically cover. Don't expect to cover more than 8 miles a day at first. Step 5: Take some practice hikes Take a few overnight practice hikes if you are planning to hike a long stretch of the trail. Step 6: Travel light Plan to travel light. Your backpack should weigh no more that 25 to 40 pounds if you will be hiking the entire trail. There will be plenty of opportunities to resupply along the way. Happy trails! Did You Know? Work on the Appalachian Trail began in 1928 and was completed in 1937.
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