Learn How to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 3 Hours

Not sure if this hiker I met on Blood Mountain made it all the way. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Did this hiker I met on Blood Mountain make it all the way? Will you? ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Finally! A free, three-hour course where you will learn how to hike the Appalachian Trail! (Some restrictions apply.)

Okay, there might be a few things (like pooping in the woods) that you must learn on your own.

Nobody can tell you how to carry a fully loaded pack through the White Mountains -- how to find water when creeks run dry -- how to fight boredom hiking in Virginia (in spite of its beauty) -- what to do when bugs drive you buggy -- or how to afford one more pizza and pitcher of beer when your money is also running dry.

Our pals at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy -- each one is a Jedi of the Trail -- can give you enough of the basics in a few hours to save you days or weeks of misery on your hike of the AT.

As of November 22, 2016, there was room for 40 interested adventurers for a free course that will be held at the REI in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 10, 2016, titled "How will you hike the AT?"

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy ... courses provide future long-distance hikers with knowledge for a well-prepared hike on the A.T. ... taught by ATC Hiker Education Accredited instructors.

Join us for an informative workshop on all aspects of planning for a long distance hike on the A.T. Bring your big dreams and questions to learn from experienced hikers.

The lovely and talented Debbie DeLisle strutting her hiker gear at Hot Spring, NC's 2013 Trailfest. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The lovely and talented Debbie DeLisle strutting her hiker gear at the 2013 Trailfest in Hot Springs. ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Already know everything about hiking? Here's an idea. Invite your grandmother/husband/wife/kids/parents to come along. They might begin to believe that you're not out of your mind for wanting to hike to Katahdin.

Who knows? They might want to chip in a few bucks for your gear. Just don't laugh if they ask about bear-proof sleeping bags or shoes that won't wear out.

Thanks to our friends at REI and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, there's always more to learn and always more new friends to meet, even before you hit the AT.

Learn How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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RegularDave on Nov 28, 2016
Thanks Robert. Are you also known as "Skipper"? Think you gave me a shuttle once.