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I've just begun my AT through-hike research. I've studied a lot
about PCT, and figured I'd do that first (I guess because I'm from
Seattl) but am now thinking the AT would be a better introduction to
How far in advance does one usually begin planning? In other words,
do I need to just say "okay, I'm doing it" by next week? Next month?
The end of the year? I'd most likely do the traditional Springer to
Katahdin, staring in April.
I already have just about all the gear I'd need, and have done a
fair bit of backpacking and hiking in the NW and Alaska, but have
never planned a long-distance backpack before.