Projected Schedule

Okay so its obvious: 

The unfortunate truth about planning for the AT is that you can NOT plan for all the things that will happen to you on the traill. The best most expensive gear can break, you may take sick or “mental health” days, weather can help or hinder you…ANYTHING can happen. The phrase “Hike your own hike” (HYOK) is one you will often hear associated with thru-hikers, and it really is a true statement – NO two hikers will have the same experience. Some can afford the expensive gear up front while others upgrade as their gear fails them.  Some people choose to live with the absolute minimal gear necessary while others prefer a slower pace while living in luxury associated with a few extra pounds. There are even those amazing people who make the journey with completely homemade gear from their tents to their sleeping bags and packs. With that in mind, although I’m making a plan of where I’ll be and when, I realize that things could very easily change and I’m going to need to adapt. I realize trying to plan when I will be at different locations is NOT going to be accurate at all, but since I have plenty of friends and family who will be tracking my progress, I am going to try to keep this page as UTD as possible. I will, of course, be making updates while I am on the trail to try to keep this as true as possible, and so that friends along the trail will have an idea of when to expect me in their neck of the woods!

Based on what I have found from most of the past thru hikers in the past several years I can safely count on about 8 miles per day when I start off in GA. I don’t want to do more than that because those who hike too fast tend to get injured or over-stress themselves and drop off the trail. As of now I plan to start my thru-hike on March 20, the first day of Spring (although it won’t feel like it!)  so that should put me at the NC border (76 miles away from Springer Mtn) around April 2. From there on, I should average 12-15 mile days up until Virginia (460 miles from Springer). That figures to be almost a month of hiking so I should be to the VA-TN border near the end of April. The Trail Days festival this year will be May 16-18th in Damascus, VA  so I may miss it, but its not a priority so I’ll survive haha. If I do end up starting at a later date then there is always a possibility I could make it to the festival. I’ll adjust my plan closer to the date once I have a more realistic time frame, but again, it won’t make me cry to miss it. The biggest part about getting to VA that I am planning will be meeting up with friends briefly and getting SCOUT on board!!! Yay its time for the adventure beagle!!!

This next part I stole:

“They call the AT the “long green tunnel.” At least part of this is because of the VA section. VA is known both as the easiest part to hike, and also the most boring, resulting in what are called the “Virginia Blues”. The VA section of the trail is >; 530 miles long, making it at least 1/4 of the entire trail. It is also very flat and lacks the rocky areas of the northern half of the trail. Getting to Harper’s Ferry, the halfway point of the trail and the home of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, is a huge psychological milestone. In Virginia you should be able to count on some 20-25 mile days and  better weather (May in VA!)

Another part about the VA section : I have lived in the New River Valley for five years now since originally coming to school at Virginia Tech. I have camped and hiked MANY of the local trails with friends, taught at a summer camp just off the AT for three years and I know a lot of people in the area. AKA, I will probably be slowed down here by meeting up with buddies along the way for day or weekend hikes. I estimate almost 1.5 months to get through VA, putting me to Harper’s Ferry right around June 5th (My oldest sister’s bday). Unless plans change due to trail magic in getting around the no-dog sections (and if he can withstand it, remember he’s a short little dog) , this will be where I say goodbye to my beagle buddy. It will probably be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, so HOPEFULLY everything goes well. But we’re not talking about that now. In time Brit, in time.

From there you can figure a little less than 3 months for the northern half of the trail. That puts me at Katahdin right around the end of August/early September ish.

Below is a table put together based on several other 2012 and 2013  thru-hikers who were very good about making trail journal updates every day complete with mileage. I know this isn’t a shelter-to-shelter accounting, but you’ll get that as it happens. For now, this should give you an idea! I will of course update it along the way to have the best possible tracking for folks back home to keep up with!

 

Day Date Location Miles From Springer Daily Projected Distance Notes
1 4-Apr Arrive @ Amicalola/Springer 0 0 Welcome to GEORGIA
2 5-Apr Hawk Mtn Shelter 8.1 8.1
3 6-Apr Gooch Mtn Shelter 15.8 7.7
4 7-Apr Slaughter Creek Campsite 28.5 12.7
Neels Gap – Walasi-Yi Center 31.7 3.2 Pack Shakedown, mail xtra home
5 8-Apr Whitley Gap Shelter 38.4 6.7
6 9-Apr Blue Mountain Shelter 50.5 12.1
Hiwassee, GA 52.9 Resupply In Town
7 10-Apr Deep Gap Shelter 66 15.5
8 11-Apr PlumOrchard Gap Shelter 74.1 8.1
9 12-Apr Standing Indian Shelter 86.3 12.2 NORTH CAROLINA
Albert Mtn Fire Tower 100.1
10 13-Apr Long Branch Shelter 102.5 16.2
11 14-Apr Franklin, NC 109.8 7.3 Resupply In Town
12 15-Apr Wayah Shelter 120.8 11
13 16-Apr Wesser Bald Shelter 131.4 10.6 Observation deck
Nantahala Outdoor Center 137.3 5.9 MAIL DROP 3-4D WORTH TO NOC OUTFITTERS
14 17-Apr Sassafrass Gap Shelter 144 6.7 NOC/ Whitewater Rafting
15 18-Apr Cable Gap Shelter 159.2 15.2
Fontanna Village 164.6 5.4 DROP BOX 1 WEEKS WORTH TO FONTANA LODGE
16 19-Apr Fontana Dam Shelter 165.8 1.2 Fontana Dam
17 20-Apr Mollies Ridge Shelter 176.8 11 GSMNP no dogs allowed =(
18 21-Apr Derrick Knob Shelter 188.8 12 Consult Guide for Kennel #’s
19 22-Apr Mt Collins Shelter 202.3 13.5 Clingmn’s -highest point on AT
20 23-Apr Pecks Corner Shelter 217.2 14.9
21 24-Apr Cosby Knob Shelter 230.1 12.9
22 25-Apr Davenport Gap 237.2 7.1 Pick Up Scout From Kennel
Standing Bear Farm 240.8 or meet scout here $240 at SBF
23 26-Apr Grounding Creek Shelter 247.7 10.5
24 27-Apr Walnut Mountain Shelter 260.8 13.1
25 28-Apr Deer Park Mtn Shelter 270.7 9.9
26 29-Apr Hot Springs, NC 273.9 3.2
27 30-Apr Little Laurel Shelter 293.5 19.6
28 1-May Hogback Ridge Shelter 315 21.5
29 2-May Bald Mountain Shelter 325.1 10.1
30 3-May No Business Knob Shelter 335.7 10.6
31 4-May Erwin TN 341.5 5.8
32 5-May Cherry Gap Shelter 359 17.5
33 6-May Roan High Knob Shelter 376 17
34 7-May Stan Murray Shelter 381.2 5.2
35 8-May Mountaineer Shelter 401.1 19.9 TENNESSEE
36 9-May Hampton TN 419.7 18.6 Blue blaze trail to town
37 10-May Vandeventer Shelter 434.5 14.8
38 11-May Double Springs Shelter 448.9 14.4 VIRGINIA
39 12-May Damascus VA 467.1 18.2 Call Eric Blevins 2766987666
40 13-May Saunders Shelter 476.8 9.7
41 14-May Thomas Knob Shelter 495.4 18.6 Wild Ponies
42 15-May Hurricane Mtn Shelter 511.4 16
43 16-May Partnership Shelter 531.1 19.7
44 17-May Davis Path Campsite 545.8 14.7 Settlers Museum
45 18-May Knot Maul Branch Shelter 556.6 10.8
46 19-May Jenkins Shelter 575.7 19.1
Bland VA 587.6 11.9 Call Andrew Frazier 5405990347
47 20-May Helveys Mill Shelter 589.7 2.1
48 21-May VA 606 Campsite 606 16.3
49 22-May Docs Knob Shelter 623.1 17.1
50 23-May Pearisburg VA 631.3 8.2 Call Jesse Hutchison 5405534790
51 24-May Rice Field Shelter 638.1 6.8 GET DROP BOX FROM JESSE
52 25-May Pine Swamp Branch Shelter 650.6 12.5
53 26-May War Spur Shelter 663.3 12.7
54 27-May Niday Shelter 681.5 18.2
55 28-May VA 624 Campsite / PB Shelter 691.6 10.1 Dragons, McAfees, Tinker
56 29-May Johns Spring 705.2 13.6 Call David Black 5402043910
57 30-May Lamberts Meadow Shelter 714.6 9.4
58 31-May Full Hardt Knob Shelter 729 14.4
59 1-Jun Bobblets Gap Shelter 742.5 13.5
60 2-Jun Cornelius Creek Shelter 760.9 18.4
61 3-Jun Matts Creek Shelter 778.6 17.7 Apple Orchard Falls,
62 4-Jun Punchbowl Shelter 791.3 12.7
63 5-Jun Cow Camp Gap Shelter 806.4 15.1
64 6-Jun The Priest Shelter 823.2 16.8 Crabtree Falls
65 7-Jun Maupin Field Shelter 837 13.8
66 8-Jun Paul C Wolfe Shelter 852.8 15.8
67 9-Jun Waynesboro VA 857.9 5.1 Shenandoah Natl Park
68 10-Jun Calf Mountain Shelter 865.5 7.6
69 11-Jun Blackrock Hut 878.5 13
70 12-Jun Hightop Hut 899.9 21.4
71 13-Jun Bearfence Mountain Hut 912.3 12.4
72 14-Jun Rock Springs Cabin and Hut 923.8 11.5
73 15-Jun Pass Mountain Hut 939.1 15.3
74 16-Jun Tom Floyd Shelter 962.7 23.6
75 17-Jun Jim and Molly Denton Shelter 970.8 8.1
76 18-Jun Rod Hollow Shelter 989.2 18.4
77 19-Jun David Lesser Shelter 1010.3 21.1 “Roller Coaster” 10 ups in 13m
Harper’s Ferry WVA 1019.6 9.3 MAIL DROP ATC HQ
78 20-Jun Ed Garvey Shelter 125.9 -893.7 HARPERS FERRY WVA / ATC
79 21-Jun Pogo Memorial Campsite 1045.7 919.8 MARYLAND
80 22-Jun Deer Lick Shelters 1065.2 19.5 PENNSYLVANNIA
81 23-Jun Quarry Gap Shelters 1081 15.8
82 24-Jun Toms Run Shelters 1094.6 13.6
83 25-Jun Alec Kennedy Shelter 1113.6 19
84 26-Jun Darlington Shelter 1131.8 18.2
85 27-Jun Duncannon PA 1143.1 11.3
86 28-Jun Clarks Ferry Shelter 1147.4 4.3
87 29-Jun Rausch Gap Shelter 1172.1 24.7
88 30-Jun 501 Shelter 1189.6 17.5
89 1-Jul Eagles Nest Shelter 1204.7 15.1
90 2-Jul Windsor Furnace Shelter 1219.4 14.7
91 3-Jul Allentown Hiking Club Shelter 1235.9 16.5
92 4-Jul Outerbridge  Shelter 1252.7 16.8
93 5-Jul Leroy A Smith Shelter 1269.4 16.7
94 6-Jul Kirkridge Shelter 1283.2 13.8
95 7-Jul Mohican Outdor Center 1300.4 17.2 New Jersey
96 8-Jul Brink Road Shelter 1314.4 14
97 9-Jul High Point Shelter 1334 19.6
98 10-Jul Pochuck Mountain Shelter 1346.4 12.4
99 11-Jul Wawayanda Shelter 1357.9 11.5
100 12-Jul Wildcat Shelter 1370 12.1 New York
101 13-Jul Finderboard Shelter 1384.3 14.3
102 14-Jul Hemlock Springs Campsite 1401.9 17.6
103 15-Jul RPH Shelter 1424.9 23
104 16-Jul Telephone Pioneers Shelter 1441.7 16.8
105 17-Jul Mt Algo Lean To 1462.9 21.2 Dover Oak – largest oak on AT
106 18-Jul Pine Swamp Brook Lean To 1480.2 17.3 Connecticut
107 19-Jul Riga Shelter 1499.1 18.9
108 20-Jul Glen Brook Lean To 1509.2 10.1 Massachusetts
109 21-Jul Mt Wilcox South Lean To 1528.8 19.6
110 22-Jul Upper Goose Pond Cabin 1544.6 15.8
111 23-Jul Kay Wood Lean To 1562.2 17.6
112 24-Jul Crystal Mountain Campsite 1569.4 7.2
113 25-Jul Wilbur Clearing Lean To 1585.7 16.3
114 26-Jul Melville Nauheim Shelter 1608.7 23 Vermont
115 27-Jul Story Spring Shelter 1626.1 17.4
116 28-Jul Spruce Peak Shelter 1644.4 18.3
117 29-Jul Bromley Shelter 1649.2 4.8
118 30-Jul Peru Peak Shelter 1657.3 8.1
119 31-Jul Clarendon Shelter 1680.6 23.3 Clarendon Gorge susp bridge
120 1-Aug Tucker Johnson Shelter 1698 17.4
121 2-Aug Wintturi Shelter 1716.9 18.9
122 3-Aug Happy Hill Shelter 1737.3 20.4
123 4-Aug Moose Mountain Shelter 1754.1 16.8 NEW HAMPSHIRE
124 5-Aug Ore Hill Shelter 1771.8 17.7
125 6-Aug Jeffers Brook Shelter 1787.5 15.7
126 7-Aug Eliza Brook Shelter 1803.4 15.9
127 8-Aug Liberty Spring Tentsite 1814.9 11.5
128 9-Aug Guyot Shelter 1828 13.1
129 10-Aug Lake of the Clouds Hut 1851.1 23.1
130 11-Aug Osgood Tentsite 1861.2 10.1
131 12-Aug Imp Shelter 1879 17.8
132 13-Aug Trident Col Tentsite 1893.9 14.9
133 14-Aug Speck Pond Campsite 1913.5 19.6 MAINE
134 15-Aug Frye Notch Lean To 1923.9 10.4
135 16-Aug Hall Mountain Lean To 1934.4 10.5
136 17-Aug Bernis Mountain Lean To 1947.2 12.8
137 18-Aug Piazza Rock Lean To 1966.7 19.5
138 19-Aug Spaulding Mountain Lean To 1983.6 16.9
139 20-Aug Stratton ME 1997.1 13.5
140 21-Aug Little Bigelow Lean To 2012.4 15.3
141 22-Aug Pierce Pond Lean To 2030.1 17.7
Caratunk, ME 2034.1 4 MAIL DROP POST OFFICE
142 23-Aug Moxie Bald Lean To 2052.9 18.8 Take Ferry to cross Kennebec River
143 24-Aug Monson ME 2070.8 17.9 Last Resup before 100m Wildern
Lakeshore House or Shaw’s Lodging -2070.8 MAIL DROP – TBD
144 25-Aug Long Pond Stream Lean To 2085.9 2085.9
145 26-Aug The Hermitage 2096.8 10.9
146 27-Aug East Branch Lean To 2117.5 20.7 Gulf Hogos waterfalls
147 28-Aug Potaywadjo Spring Lean To 2137 19.5
148 29-Aug Rainbow Stream Lean To 2155.2 18.2
149 30-Aug Hurd Brook Lean To 2166.7 11.5
Abol Bridge 2169.2 2.5 Call Connie McManus 2077236795 Kennel Service
150 31-Aug Katahdin Steam Camp 2180.1 10.9
151 1-Sep Katahdin 2185.3 THE END!!!
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