The Appalachian Trail.  2,190 miles. 14 States. 464, 500 ft Elevation Gain/Loss.

 

Follow the white blaze. [photo cred: Dave Pidgeon, Flickr]

 Explore the Appalachian Trail

Below is a link that will take you to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy webpage and also a really well designed interactive map of the whole AT displaying parking, vistas, shelters, and other features in the layer list. Explore the trail. If you want to know the current location of where I will be there is a Current Location map at the bottom of the website page in the footer area. 

 

 The A.T. Guide–A Handbook for Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Its kind of hard to get lost on the AT since you are following white blazes the whole way, but it is even harder to plan resupply points, water stops, and other important logistics along the way. Luckily, in comes AWOLS The A.T. Guidebook (click link below). The book includes elevation profiles, trip shelter mileages, coordinates for parking areas, and other landmarks that are easily accessible in one document. I will be carrying a PDF version on my Iphone which will aid in navigation and planning. Also, AWOL included a Hiking Planning menu which I will be using for the average 15 to 18 mile/day hiker. This average may change during course of trip but it is a good rough guide to get started in planning resupply and meetup points. 

Gaia GPS Navigation App on the Appalachian Trail 

In addition to using the AT Guidebook I will also be using Gaia GPS Pro edition on my Iphone to download offline maps, add custom waypoints, and to georeference my photos by waypoint. In order to view my photos for my trip, click my updated recent Gaia blog embedded links as the journey progresses. I will be carrying an  Anker 10,000 mAh (Gear List for AT) power bank to help supply the power to run the application in my Iphone as well as my Fitbit Charge HR device.