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Appalachian Trail 2003 - Chelsea's Journals

Entry #3 - February 20, 2003

Just wanted to check in quick. The time is really starting to fly by, and I don't think we've even gotten much else done... We did get our Amtrak tickets - we'll be leaving the 27th of March. Maybe we'll even get started a day earlier than the anticipated April 1st. Also got our P.O. box. Still have some more gear to get - we'll probably make an order from REI this weekend. Beginning to get everything packed up in our apartment, which is really making the reality hit home. I'm starting to get a bit nervous, and I think Andy is too. But, no worries - can't wait for the fresh air...

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Preparing to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

Commonly used guides by A.T. thru-hikers include the Appalachian Trail Guides (published by the Appalachian Trail Conference), the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, and the Appalachian Trail Data Book. The guide series includes a guide for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The Thru-Hiker's Companion has helpful info on towns, shelters, and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road crossings, shelters, and other features. All are excellent tools for use during a long distance hike.




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