I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from March 30, 2013 to October 7, 2013. All 2,185.9 miles of it.
You may have some preconceived notions of the trail but if all of it came out of the well-known book “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson, let me be the first to say you have no idea what the AT is. While the book is very comical, Bryson doesn’t capture the true beauty of the trail and its people. Reason being that Bryson had no idea what he was signing up for. If you want to gain knowledge of what it’s going to take to complete a thru-hike, ignore Bryson’s book and start using the well-known and very efficient search engine, Google (or Bing for you Microsoft heads). I had multiple friends thru-hike in past years and the advice they gave me cannot be understated. Everything I needed to know, they could tell me. And that’s what I hope to help you understand with this piece. As well as some extra-curriculars.