In mid-June 2007 I will begin hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. This web page contains information and details relevant to this adventure, and I'd recommend you start by reading the pamphlet I've put together (right there, beneath this sentence).
Overview Pamphlet
This pamphlet was written as an overview for friends and family, it answers many common questions. Read PDF
How to Reach Me On The Trail
Generally speaking I will not rely on mail drops for supplies, so I will not make a regular habit of checking for mail when I reach a town. Below are some guidelines I'd ask that you follow if you choose to write or send care packages along the way - thanks for caring!

The Aftermath
No matter how far I get, I'm sure I'll have lots to write about and plenty of images to provide. Rest assured I will be writing about and making available my story! Keep checking back!
Books and Reviews
I found all of these books to be at least sufficiently well written and generally well edited. The reviews I provide are more focused on relevance and personal likes.

Walking the Appalachian Trail, Larry Luxenberg, 1995.
This book is a good overview of the trail telling the story through examples, helping to keep a tight perspective. It is very informative and factual while at the same time remains interesting. It will give you a good idea of the AT "culture" and community too.

Long Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail, Roland Mueser, 1998.
Definitely interesting, and great background for those about to hike the AT, but I'm not sure the innocent bystander would find this to their liking. It's written like a PhD thesis with tables, statistics, and expert analysis and unfortunately is quite dated. The book is based on data from the 1990's which was a very different era on the AT.

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson, 1999.
This is the book that introduce many people to the AT. It's a comical and informative book written about the experiences of Bill Bryson as he hiked the AT. It's well worth the read, just don't be surprised to learn he doesn't finish the trail! Many are let down by this, but I still recommend it.

The Appalachian Trail: How to Prepare For & Hike It, Jan D. Curran, 2002.
Informative and detail oriented, good to read before setting off on the trail, but not something a casual reader would particularly care for.

Guide to the Appalachian Trail, Jim Chase, 2005
I flipped through this one and will be reading it shortly. I decided to buy it because it goes into details not found in any of the other books - specifically geology and American history. I liked what I read and am anxious to pick it up!

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