Discover The Appalachian Trail

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2200 miles of pleasures


The Appalachian trail or simply A.T is a hiking trail in the eastern board of the United States. It straddles the Springer Mountain in the state of Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. In total, the trail covers about 2190 miles (3500 km). The length changes over time as paths get modified, closed shortened or rerouted. The trail passes a total of 14 states. These are North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. The others are Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Georgia and New York. It was completed in 1937 after more than a decade's work, although modification and improvements continue to this day.

Trail Management

The management of the trail falls into the hands of three main groups. There is the National Park service, United States Forest service, and the Appalachian Train Conservancy. Most of the on-ground stewardship is handled by the state agencies, volunteers, and partners. The trail consists of structures, natural resources and cultural resources, sites and artefacts. The scope of the maintenance work includes helping set policies, supply funding, provide training, building shelters, and structures, clearing natural growth of the paths and relocating sections of the footpaths. There is a total of 31 trails clubs that handle different parts of the Appalachian trail.

Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail has a total of 250 backcountry shelters covering the entire 2100 mile stretch. This puts the shelters within 8 miles of each other. The shelters range from 5 to 15 miles from each other. A typical Appalachian Trail shelter has an overhanging roof, wooden floors, and three walls. They are mostly built close to creeks, springs or a flowing stream. In some regions, the shelters are about 30 miles of each other. That’s if there is a town or motel in between them. The shelters are occupied on a first-come-first-serve basis. They are for individual users not big groups. Some heavy use shelters require permits and registration. That’s why you need to have a guidebook with you before starting the trail.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Personal health and safety are a critical part of hiking the Appalachian trail. You need to carry basic first aid kits with you just in case one falls sick. One of the viruses that affect most people on the trail is the stomach bug (norovirus). Pick up some basic ideas on how to treat the virus. At least 2 million people hike at least part of the trail. Roughly 3000 people hike the entire trail. Therefore your personal safety in the middle

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François Dumaine

My mission is to save lives and sedentary people through the outdoors. For me, a sedentary lifestyle goes well beyond sitting in the living room.

I want to disconnect people from the virtual world to connect them to the real world. I want to reconnect with nature. I want people to stop SURVIVING, and start living! I want to communicate the feeling of freedom, of fulfillment that I live in nature!
I have the deep desire to help make the world a better place. I would like to leave my imprint on our planet this way. This is the message I want to leave as a legacy to my children! ;-)

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