How to prepare for hiking the appalachian trail the appalachian trail is a path located in the eastern united states the trail is at 2190 miles 3510 km long the longest hiking only footpath in the world it extends on a north south. Thru hiking the appalachian trail is an enormous undertaking that requires ample preparation the last thing you want to do is hit the trail without your mind body and gear being ready here are our top ten tips to help you prepare for a successful appalachian trail thru hike. Its also more than 2000 miles of rugged hiking the physical demands of hiking the appalachian trail can be tremendous including carrying 25 to 50 pounds of supplies on your back all day every day if youre not a seasoned hiker prepare physically to make sure you can handle the hike. 10 tips that will prepare you to conquer an appalachian trail thru hike are you planning for the backpacking adventure of a lifetime youll need to plan for more than just equipment and an itinerary. Answer appalachian trail speed record holder jennifer pharr davis weighs in if anyone knows how to train for a thru hike its jennifer pharr davis shes hiked 12000 miles on six continents including the pct and appalachian trail in 2011 she set the current at speed record with a time of 46 days 11 hours and 20 minutes
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