Ok, here’s the itinerary for the Hiking trip showing where I’ll be each day.  Unless an unavoidable crisis happens: break a leg, duke it out with a bear, break the handle on my pooper scooper… I’ll stick to this plan. Distances are total miles from starting point. Some small trail towns are more of an outcropping servicing hikers than an actual town, so these are located by road crossings (ex. Neels Gap is not an official town, but is at US 19 & 129 crossing). I’ve read there is cell phone service at many shelters, so I’ll turn my phone on/off real quick to check voicemail or texts each day. Hope you see a opportunity to join me! I recommend getting the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s Companion 2010 published by the Appalachain Trail Conservancy.  Each year volunteers work hard to keep this up to date and chocked full of info about the trail/shelters/water sources as well as a bit of history about each place.  This is what I’ll carry with me.
(Day)  (Mi.)  ( Location:Shelter/City)

3/1       Flight into Atlanta & onto Hiker Hostel @ 7693 Hwy. 19N, Dahlonega, GA 30533, (770) 312-7342

3/2       HIKE BEGINS!! Springer Mtn –> Gooch Mtn. Shelter (15.1 mi)

3/3     31    Neels Gap/US 19 & 129 (lodging/food  & Navy check-in)

3/4     42    Low Gap Shelter

3/5     57    Tray Mtn Shelter

3/6     68     Dicks Creek Gap/Hiawassee, GA (food  & Navy check-in)

3/7     84     Standing Indian Shelter

3/8     99     Big Spring Shelter

3/9     108   Winding Stair Gap/Franklin, NC (food & Navy check-in)

3/10  124   Cold Spring Shelter

3/11   142   Sassafras Gap Shelter

3/12   157   Cable Gap Shelter

3/13   163   Fontana Dam, NC (food & Navy check-in)

3/14   178   Russell Field Shelter

3/15   194   Double Spring Gap Shelter

3/16   215   Peck’s Corner Shelter

3/17   228   Cosby Knob Shelter

3/18   235   Davenport Gap Shelter/Davenport Gap, TN (food & Navy check-in)

3/19   254   Roaring Fork Shelter

3/20   272   Hot Springs, NC (food, lodging & Navy check-in)

3/21 –Day OFF — *Bluff Mountain Outfitters — get permit for Smokey Mtn Park

3/22   291   Little Laurel Shelter

3/23   313   Hogback Ridge Shelter

3/24   323   Bald Mtn Shelter

3/25   340   Erwin, TN (food & Navy check-in)

3/26   357   Cherry Gap Shelter

3/27   373   Roan High Knob Shelter

3/28   388   Apple House Shelter/Roan Mtn, TN (food & Navy check-in)

3/29   407   Moreland Gap Shelter

3/30   412   Dennis Cove/USFS 50 (food & Navy check-in)

3/31   424   Watauga Lake Shelter

4/1     437   Iron Mtn Shelter

4/2     464   Damascus, VA (food & Navy check-in)

4/3 –Day OFF —

4/4    479    Lost Mtn Shelter

4/5     492   Thomas Knob Shelter

4/6     508   Hurricane Mtn Shelter

4/7     513   Troutdale, VA (food & Navy check-in)

4/8     527   Partnership Shelter

4/9     542   Davis Path Campsite

4/10   562   Chestnut Knob Shelter

4/11   584   Bland, VA (food & Navy check-in)

4/12   602   VA 606 campground

4/13   618   Doc’s Knob Shelter

4/14   626   Pearisburg, VA (food & Navy check-in)

4/15   646   Pine Swamp Branch Shelter

4/16   664   Laurel Creek Shelter

4/17   687   Pickel Branch Shelter

4/18   700   Catawba, VA (food & Navy check-in)

4/19   719   Cloverdale, VA (lodging & shuttle to Roanoke Navy Recruiting Sta.)

4/20 –Day OFF —

4/21   730   Wilson Creek Shelter

4/22   741   Buchanan, VA (food & Navy check-in) *stay at Cove Mtn Shelter

4/23   761   Thunder Hell Shelter

4/24   774   Matts Creek SHelter

4/25   786   Punchbowl Shelter

4/26   798   Buena Vista, VA (food & Navy check-in)

4/27   812   Seely Woodworth Shelter

4/28   832   Maupin Field Shelter

4/29   853   Waynesboro, VA (food & Navy check-in)

4/30  872   Blackrock Hut Shelter

5/1     894   Hightop Hut Shelter

5/2    914    Big Meadows Lodge & Campground (food & Navy check-in)

5/3    933   Pass Mtn. Hut Shelter

5/4    946   Gravel Springs Hut Shelter

5/5    959   Front Royal, VA (food & Navy check-in)

5/6   975   Dick’s Dome Shelter

5/7   994   Bluemont, VA (food & Navy check-in)

5/8  1013  HARPER’S FERRY, VA!

Advertisements