How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike
Narrated by: John E Broussard
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's Summary

If you are planning on (or just thinking about) hiking the Appalachian Trail, this book is for you.

Planning an Appalachian Trail thru-hike is overwhelming. I know. I spent months researching every question I could think of before starting the six-month journey.

Even after all of that research, there were countless mistakes I made. This book is everything I wish I would have known before starting. Inside is a step-by-step guide to efficiently plan for a successful thru-hike. Complete with personal tips and experiences.

The goal of this guide is to help you complete the 2,185 mile long adventure, feel confident in your preparation, and have a great time every step of the way.

  • Learn how to budget wisely, save money, and not waste cash.
  • Know how to carve out six months from your family, job, and home.
  • Master a massive gear guide on everything from your spork to your tent.
  • Understand clothing, layering, and materials.
  • Hear about what life is really like on the trail.
  • Know which direction to go, when, and why.
  • Familiarize yourself with a state by state breakdown of the trail.
  • Learn how to mentally prepare for the "I-wanna-quit-days"
  • Understand the physical demands and methods to prevent injury.
  • Prepare for the nutritional needs with favorite meals and food ideas.
  • Know the real dangers on the AT.
  • (Ladies) hear from AT record-holder Heather Anderson on "Female Needs".
  • And a whole lot more....

Hope you enjoy!

©2017 Christopher Cage (P)2017 Christopher Cage

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Exactly what’s missing from all the personal hiking account stories

Like anyone who is considering a thru hike, you listen to account after account of other people’s hikes hoping to gleam enough information to avoid all the rookie mistakes we hear about so often. Finally, this book gives you both an account of the thru hike with all the specifics you really want to know, especially about gear and what to pack. As a female, I can’t thank Chris enough for getting invaluable input from a pro on the facts of a female spending 6 months in the woods. Facts that no one really likes to talk about: periods, underwear, and grooming. I will listen to this book again and again as I get closer to my thru hike! This one book alone made me feel more prepared thank the other 3 I’ve listen to so far.

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Good book. good narrator.

The book itself was very informative. I have been wanting to hike the A.T. for quite some time now. Because of work and everyday life I can't thru hike it. after hearing this book which by the way the narrator's tone and pace kept me very much wanting to finish hearing it to the end; I now feel confident and not so bumbed that I can complete the trail in sections during work vacations and weekends. Thanks for the info Chris and Heather and thanks for reading the book John.

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This read answered my questions and concerns

In 2010 I decided I wanted to become an avid hiker. Due to circumstances beyond my control I had to abandon that lines go along with the equipment that I have accumulated. Fast-forward to September 2018. While tent camping with friends someone looked at me and said let’s start hiking the Appalachian Trail! It was like music to my ears. This book has been and will continue to be a reference point, resource guide and all around AT Bible!

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Me me feel much more confident!!!

This book made me feel much more confident about my thru hike in 2019. It was very informative and through. My only issue is the dollar amounts for the gear he used, things are more expensive now. But he is very good. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in doing the AT.

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Current and up to date

I am impressed the completeness of the book. It reads as an instructional guide on how to hike long distance trails. Whereas it mostly deals with the AT, any hiker of any trail can and will find this information useful. Nice job, great narrator and good pace.

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Exactly what I was looking for

I've got 1 main item in my bucket list. With my 23 year divorce looming, the idea of making my dream a reality has been weighing heavily on my mind.
Chris does a great job of getting to the point without diving into too much personal experience. (Even though I'd love to hear more of his stories) the book sticks to the premise of the title and he gives LOTS of great info.
Unfortunately, I didn't take notes the first time so I'll be listening again.

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Solid food info, not stories.

struggled early listening, because I am used to stories filled with charismatic characters. Realized early in however that the author, while entertaining, was more focused on oroviding, accurate, helpful information for this planning a thru-hike. Well done!

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First Book I've Read On Planning an AT Hike

I liked that the author was a southbound hiker. Very informative. Listened while I was at work.

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my daughter and I loved this

my daughter and I loved this book, her current dream is to do a long-distance hike and she is practicing every week doing longer and longer hikes. some of the stuff she heard in this book made her think more about what she needs to plan for over the next 2 years. we will be listening to this multiple times

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A how to guide

If you’re planning a hike up any of the major trails you will pick up some good advice and information in this book.

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Great source of information

Perfect source for information for every hiker.
Also physical copy of the book from Amazon is highly recommended. If you want to know more about Chris Cage, check out his interview with Joe Rogan on YouTube

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