Appalachian Trail

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The Appalachian Trail is a contiguous single hiking trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine through the Appalachian Mountains. The trail is around 2,200 miles, and, although there are longer trails in the world, the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only trail in the world. Hiking the entire trail takes around 6-7 months on average to complete and only about 1 in 6 people who setup to hike the whole trail in a single season complete it.


This is a list of all the media I have read, watched, etc. regarding the Appalachian Trail.

Released Title Format Rank Notes
1998-05-05 A Walk In the Woods: Rediscovering America On the Appalachian Trail Book 1 Lots of information about the history of the trail, very funny, doesn't finish.
2015-09-02 A Walk In the Woods Film 9 Fictional version of the book. Not all that interesting, not informative, not very fun.
2016-??-?? Walking Home Documentary 2 Father and son hike the entire trail. Lots of great scenery and music. Very uplifting and well-produced.
2018-02-07 Dixie to Maine (link) Vlog 3 A woman hikes the entire trail. Good scenery, nice
2018-08-28 Operation Northbound: Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike 2018 (Link) Vlog 4 Adventurous young man hikes the whole trail. Great music.
2019-07-13 Back Into Alignment: An Appalachian Trail Documentary (Link) Vlog 10 A naturalist woman sets off the through hike with her boyfriend, stops half-way. Shows a lot of the physical and mental hardships of hiking, but she's pretty preachy about her lifestyle.
2019-01-13 Our Family Hikes the Appalachian Trail (Link) Vlog 5 A family of 8, including a two-year-old boy, hike the entire trail, and run a marathon!
2019-05-10 Full Appalachian Trail Documentary (Link) Vlog 8 A woman hikes the entire trail. Focuses mostly on hikers, and a bit anti-climatic, but has some good scenery too.
2019-12-16 Into the Wild: My Journey on the Appalachian Trail (Link) Vlog 6 A woman hikes the entire trail. Fairly interesting, lots of good scenery.
2020-03-14 The Appalachian Trail: A Journey of the Soul (Link) Vlog 7 A man hikes the entire trail. Inspiring and informative.


Term Definition
A.T. Abbreviation for the Appalachian Trail.
Blazing, Aqua Taking a shortcut by canoeing along nearby rivers.
Blazing, Blue Taking a shortcut along blue-marked side routes.
Blazing, White Hiking the officially white-marked trail route.
Blazing, Yellow Taking a shortcut by hitchhiking areas of the trail along the road. So named after the yellow lines on roads.
Hiking, Section Hiking a section of the trail. Often to complete the trail over several years.
Hiking, Thru Hiking the entire trail in a single season.
Bounder, North Hikers starting in Georgia and heading north toward Maine. This is the typical route to best travel with the changing seasons.
Bounder, South Hikers starting in Maine and heading south toward Georgia. This is much more rare because you encounter more inclement weather.
Trail Angel Someone who helps hikers with food, shelter, or similar comforts.
Trail Magic When something serendipitous happens during the hike.
Trail Name An alias used by a hiker while on the trail, often given by another hiker.
Trail Romance A romantic relationship that develops while hiking the trail.
Two-thousand Miler Someone who has completed hiking the entire trail.
Zero Day Resting for a day and not making any progress on the trail. If you make a very short amount of progress, it is called a "near-o day."


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