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What do I Need to Know Before Attempting a Multi-day Hike?

<i>A:</i><p>Although it might seem that backpackers are free spirits who fly by the seat of their pants, most experienced hikers will tell you that good planning is what determines a good trip.<p>Here's what you need to know before tackling a long-distance hike, such as the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, or …


What Are the Best Section Hikes in the Southern Appalachian Trail?

<i>A:</i><p>Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia have the biggest mountains among the 14 states on the Appalachian Trail.<p>Although the promise of southern temps might draw spring break hikers to Georgia, sleet and snow are common here in March. Georgia is better hiked in the latter part of April and …


What are the Best Section-hikes in the Middle of the Appalachian Trail?

<i>A:</i><p>The Mid-Atlantic section of the Appalachian Trail includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Surprisingly, this portion is known for the hottest weather—even more so than the southern section of the trail—due to lower elevations.<p>This segment is also rich in history. Take for …


What are the Best Section-hikes in the New England Portion of the Appalachian Trail?

<i>A:</i><p>The Appalachian Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails and—along with the Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails—one of three popular, near-border-to-border treks in the U.S.<p>Through-hikers on the AT have a roughly 2,180-mile journey in front of them. However, the trail has hundreds of …