Favorite Books and Blogs -- Hiking & the AT
If you read through these sites and find yourself frantically searching for more, there are plenty of Class of 2012 blogs posted here and Class of 2013 blogs posted here.
This is Serial's hiking site and I even though I would love anything he published, this truly is a really great site. He gives advice how to get to the trailhead, how difficult the trail is, whether it's dog-friendly and tons more. Plus his pictures make you want to get out there and pay mother nature a visit. He also has a site up for our 2012 hike so check it out!
This is an online forum with a thread on every hiking topic you could ever dream of. The name of the site references the blazes that mark the AT, but the topics have expanded to other long trails as well (PCT, CDT, Long Trail, John Muir, etc). The thread topics are often long and rambling (and entertaining), but the real value is in the articles section, on left side of the homepage. The articles are straightforward advice from true hikers and not to me missed if you are planning a hike.
Badger is a 2011 AT thru-hiker and a really fantastic writer. His blog is super helpful for anyone planning a thru-hike and he released his first book, Appalachian Trials,last year. The cool thing about his site is that it has evolved and now includes a bunch of contributors (including us!) that range from former thru-hikers to current thru-hikers. It's a good site to connect with others. You can check it out on Facebook and Twitter, too.
This group of guys are hiking for a cause and have already thru-hiked both the AT as well as the Pacific Crest Trail. They are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to long distance hiking and are eager to provide advice and assistance. You can check them out on Facebook and Twitter, too.
This 2013 AT thru-hiker is active in the online hiking community and is always posting helpful tips and links. Oh and bonus, he gives away free gear! You can check him out on Facebook and Twitter, too.