North Carolina-Appalachian Trail-June 14


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 14

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

This past weekend I took a road trip in a car. I traveled thru the following NC counties in car in the span of 30 hours. Robeson, Scotland, Richmond, Montgomery, Randolph, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, and Guilford.

Since April there are a lot of people attempting to do a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT).  My seven county road trip in the car seems unworthy to be included in the same post. It made me think of what people endure in completing a thru hike.

App Trail

The AT passes thru 14 states with 95.7 miles of the A.T. in North Carolina, but the Trail runs along the Tennessee/North Carolina border for 224.7 additional miles. The southern point of the trail is in Georgia and it finishes in Maine. As the A.T. ascends to the High Country of the NC/TN state line, hikers traverse the highest mountains along the Trail, including several above 6,000 feet.

Completing the entire 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in one trip is a mammoth undertaking. Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike; only about one in four makes it all the way. When construction of the Appalachian Trail was first “completed” in 1937, it was about 45% on private property.

  • A typical thru-hiker takes 5 to 7 months to hike the entire A.T.

If you can start in early spring it is best to start in Georgia as the mountains of the Northeast are very cold and snowy at that time. The majority of thru-hikers hike northbound, beginning in Georgia anytime from late-March to mid-April. Southbound hikers generally begin late May to mid-June.

I came across some good blogs on the AT.

https://atstagehiker.wordpress.com/tag/north-carolina/

https://appalachianjake.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

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