Just a heads up, tonight MeHap (another triple crowner) and I will be answering any and all questions related to thru hiking, the AT, PCT, CDT, and more. Tune in live tonight @ 6 pm Mountain Standard Time and give us a question to answer! Here’s the link/lobby: http://www.youtube.com/c/Biophthera/live
Determining the best guide book for the Appalachian Trail is simple, all you need is AWOL’s amazing AT Guide and you’re good to go. Cut it in half and ship the second half ahead to save some weight and fret no more. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for the Pacific Crest Trail. Prospective PCT hikers are faced with an overwhelming array of guides, maps, and books from which to choose. Have no fear though, this post will help you wade through the sea of guides and tell you exactly what you’ll need, both before the trail to prepare and on trail to navigate.
Having thru hiked both the AT in 2012 and PCT in 2014, I am frequently presented with requests to compare the two trails to each other. I’m often hesitant to do so, as I have very strong feelings for both of the trails and believe that they are both incredible experiences that should be viewed individually. In my mind, I see the trails as a set of complimentary colors, you shouldn’t have to choose between them. That said, if you’re deciding which trail to start with, or which trail to focus your limited time on, or maybe your just curious as to how the trails differ, this info may help. Keep in mind, most of this information is based on my experiences (Nobo thru hikes on each trail) and opinions. What follows is part one of what will likely be a two (possibly more) part post. Please ask any questions you might have and I’ll do my best to answer them. Continue reading “AT thru hike vs. PCT thru hike: A comparison between the two most popular long trails in the world (Part 1)”
While guides and maps may be essential reading during your thru hiking adventures, you’ll likely want a little more entertainment for your off trail reads. What follows is a list of some of my favorite thru-hiking related books. And before you even ask, no, Wild will not be making an appearance here. Though there may be some controversy over pick number five. Continue reading “My top 5 thru-hiking books”