The Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a journey that more and more people undertake each year with only a small fraction actually completing the trek. There are four primary ways that people choose to attempt this:

  • Northbound Thru Hiking (NOBO)
  • Southbound Thru Hiking (SOBO)
  • Flip-Flop
  • Section Hiking

Northbound Thru Hiking is the journey from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine in a single year. This usually involves starting in March or April in Georgia and finishing before mid-October in Maine.

Southbound Thru Hiking is the same as Northbound, except the starting point is Mount Katahdin, often in the June time-frame, with a finish in November or December in Georgia.

A Flip-Flop is when a hiker starts their trip in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia (the unofficially rough mid-point of the AT) and travels either north or south to the terminus point, then travels back to Harper’s Ferry to hike the other half in the opposite direction.

Section Hiking involves hiking the entire AT, but it may involve skipping around to various areas of the AT and tracking progress over time manually to ensure the entire trail is hiked.

In the first three cases, the entire hike is completed in the same year, while section hiking usually takes multiple years to complete.

My Journey

This website provides a look into my journey to section hike the Appalachian Trail and how I prepared for it, selected my gear, and planned my section hikes. Check out the Blog Page for the various posts I have made. The About Page contains some basic biographical information about me and my hiking. I also have a Tracking Page which contains the information about my actual section hikes and progress toward the completion of the AT and a References Page which will contain links to various places with excellent information which I found helpful.

You can also check out brief posts and semi-related stuff on my Instagram page @hikingtocenter.