"Are you bringing a gun?"
"Will you at least bring pepper spray?"
"What about bears?"
"You're walking? The whole way? On foot!?"
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,184 miles long. Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers.
The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Thousands of hikers attempt to thru-hike the AT every year, although by some estimates fewer than 20% complete the trail.
The AT is relatively safe. Most injuries or incidents are consistent with comparable outdoor activities. Most hazards are related to weather conditions, human error, plants, animals, diseases, and fellow humans encountered along the trail.
So, Tomorrow I fly out and plan to start walking on Thursday. I will post on here as often as I can, so stay tuned.