Gearing up for the Appalachian Trail next spring
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Frank Deland
(rambler) - M

Locale: On the AT in VA
AT List on 12/05/2013 10:45:33 MST Print View

For the start of your hike, I would recommend the "Hiker Hostel". Big hiker's breakfast and a ride to .3 from the Springer summit.

In 30 miles you will reach Neel's Gap, GA Be sure to read "the Shakedown" here:

http://www.ajc.com/news/travel/mountain-crossings-a-hikers-paradise/nQfGH/

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Compass suggestion on 12/05/2013 11:24:48 MST Print View

"- The compass is probably less than an ounce actually, has a thermometer which is good just so I can get some satisfaction out of knowing how bloody cold it got the night before, and I have heard that a compass is good on the AT just to make sure you are walking on the right direction if you go off trail and return."

I have a small clip-on watch band compass attached to the end of my sternum strap. It's nothing I'd want to depend on for cross country navigation, but really all that's needed for making sure I'm headed the right direction on a trail. Here's what I got from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/SE-Compass-Watch-Band-Navigation/dp/B00313Q51Q/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1386267442&sr=8-4&keywords=small+compass

I check them against my Suunto before attaching to the sternum strap to make sure they point to north correctly (no declination adjustment, so you have to keep that in mind). Just to make sure they don't fall off, I put a drop of super glue on the closure.

You can either purchase on from Amazon or your favorite gear store, or PM me your address and I'll send you one. On the AT, it should be all the compass you need.

Jeremy Rardin
(JearBear) - M

Locale: Cumberland Trail
Re: Re: Re: Re: Gearing up for the Appalachian Trail next spring on 12/06/2013 20:46:52 MST Print View

Oh wow, small community haha. Stick is a really great guy. All the guys who went on that trip are.