Appalachian Trail Starter Trip- Springer to Hwy 60

albert_mountain_ATThinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail but you don’t know where to begin?  Begin the adventure with Big Rock Outfitters and we’ll get you started.  During our AT starter backpacking trek, you’ll learn critical tips on how to pack light, eat right and hike like a Pro!  The skills learned on this trip will help make your next journey on the AT a much better experience.  We’ve logged thousands of miles along the trail so come with us and benefit from our experience.wayah_bald_fall

Itinerary:  We’ll begin our trip at Amicalola Falls State Park, located in the mountains of North Georgia.  From there, we will hike up the approach trail  to the summit of Springer Mountain which is located at approx. 3700ft.  Along the way, we will stay at or near AT designated shelters/campsites and conclude our journey approximately 28 miles north where the tail crosses Hwy 60. 

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Total Mileage: 28 miles (includes approach trail)

Dates: TBD

Guides:  Bruce Cannon & Terry Long

Cost:  $TBD (Includes all food, and group gear)

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Skill Level:  Moderate/Intermediate

Weather:  Weather is always a point of concern with any outdoor event. You can expect  daytime  temperatures in the 70s with nighttime temperatures in the 40s and 50s. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures as high as 90 and as low as 30, with a  chance of rainfall.  Be prepared for cold temps by bringing a fleece jacket with a separate waterproof precip shell.

Appalachian Trail Interesting Facts

•Length – ~2,175ftAT map
•Lowest Elevation – 124ft
•Highest Elevation – 6,625ft
•Crosses through 14 States from GA to Maine
•It takes more than 5 million footsteps to complete the journey
•Traverses through 6 National Parks & 8 National Forests
•Nations longest marked footpath (white blaze)
•Maintained by 30 different trail clubs
•Thru-hiker – Person that attempts to complete the trip in one season
•Section hiker – Person attempting to complete the trail by section over multiple seasons
•A thru-hike takes around 5 to 7 months to complete
•Only about 10% of the hikers starting out actually finish
•Record time was set in 2011 by Jennifer Davis – 46 days
Appalachian Trail History
•Idea introduced by Benton MacKaye – 1926MacKaye_1926
•Original idea was to build a trail expanding the Appalachian Mountains to connect farms/towns with work/study camps along the way
•First thru hike – 1948 (Shaffer) Hiked the trail again in 1998 (80 years old) to be the oldest to ever complete a thru hike.
•Around 8,000 people from all ages have been recorded as completing the trail