Useful links for the Appalachian Trail.

Introductory links.


Landmarks and shelters

  • Shelter list
  • Mileage chart.
  • Resupply points.
  • Alternative list of resupply points.
  • A resupply and other information hiking plan from 2012:

What other people are using on the trail (statistical surveys):

Other useful links:

  • Whiteblaze.
  • Hostels.
  • Trail Stretches.
  • Planning Software (you will outgrow it quickly)
  • Layering quilts for colder weather.
  • The “best” baselayer.

My prior blogging



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My favorite hiking shorts.

My favorite hiking shorts are available for $12.99 again. Not $60 or more, not even the $49 they sell for on Amazon. $12.99.

You won’t see this price most places because Costco does not give kickbacks. Instead you will see links to Amazon (if at all) for much higher prices.

And I never see them in “best of” listings.

Enough space for your thighs with hiking muscle on them. Flexible. Dry fast. Take a beating. A zippered pocket and a Velcro pocket.

I hike in a tan pair treated with InsectShield.

PSA on fundfundraising and long trails.

TL/DR: you won’t get far asking for people to fund your hike. Longer: too many people have tried it with poor results. People won’t be patient with you

This is a rough draft post. I’m certain someone will do a better final draft on the concept.

Every year people ask for advice on how to successfully use gofundme or similar platforms to pay for a long trail (e.g. for a hike of the Appalachian Trail or the PCT or similar trail).

Often they are very forceful on how they don’t want negative feedback. This post is written to go over the issues and explain the common responses.

First. Every year there are lots of people who come up with this idea and who show no sign of ever having looked at anyone else or any prior posts in similar groups.

Second. Every year, a number of people try this approach. Most people in the community are aware that people are lucky to raise $50.00 or so this way (mostly from people who give them Christmas or birthday gifts as cash).

Third, there is always a good hook. Maybe someone has rescued a dog that is violent and just needs a long trail and a lot of good outdoor time to possibly be saved. Maybe someone is trying to be the first user of an exoskeleton to complete the trail.

Fourth, there is always someone with a more compelling hardship. For example, 2019 had Test, with metastatic cancer, post surgery for tumors, hiking the trail. She didn’t use that to fund raise.

Fifth, for everyone who is raising money and going to give the “excess” to a good cause, there is someone who is self funded and giving 100% of the money raised to a cause.

Finally, the people in the groups generally are raising money (working two jobs, selling things, saving) themselves — and many have been doing this for several years. They are not the audience to give anyone money — though they are an audience that can caution people based on experience.

So, what do the points I’ve made mean?

  1. Many people will see fundraising to support your hike as public begging for others to support your vacation.
  2. Many people will see fundraising efforts for a hike as not likely to be successful (so many people fail at it).
  3. Many people will see demands for positive attitude in an unfavorable light – as if you are demanding that they cheer lead you in a questionable endeavor.
  4. Many people will suggest that you work and save just as they did.
  5. Finally, there isn’t much good advice people can give you other than (a) save money, (b) set things up so 100% of the money goes to a charity without you touching it (the two things that have worked).

If you are aware of this going in, and that you have been preceded many, many times in your quest to have others come up with the money so you can take 4-5 months off and hike – and that many of those before you were hostile and obnoxious – then you are ready to discuss the effort and prepared for the probable result (that you will raise $50 or so if you are lucky).

Otherwise, the odds are not in your favor.