Planning my 2022 SOBO of the AT and got some useful information for sharing:
The www.ATCamp.org Appalachian Trail thru-hiker registration is designed for thru-hikers who start at the southern terminus, the northern terminus, or any location in between. Backpack tags or “hangtags” are available at the A.T. Visitor Center in Monson, Maine for southbound thru-hikers who start at Katahdin, about 115 miles into the hike.
A thru-hiker guidebook designed for south bounders is available at www.theatguide.com/.
You'll find there is a great deal of useful information on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website about planning and preparing for the thru-hike. Be sure to read the page about southbound thru-hikes at appalachiantrail.org/explore/hike-the-a-t/thru-hiking/southbound/, which is an entirely different journey than a northbound thru-hike and is infinitely more challenging, requiring greater physical preparedness and logistical planning at the beginning.
Additionally, to help you prepare for your hike, we also encourage you to explore these pages on our website.
· Hiking Basics (Health & Safety and trip preparation, A.T. need-to-know info)
· Official A.T. Maps and Guides (and other A.T. merchandise)
· Staying Safe from Ticks (Although through July is peak tick season, but ticks can be active year-round)
· Staying Safe from Bears (and how to keep bears from getting your food)
· Leave No Trace (sustainable hiking best practices)
and other important information that will prepare you for your trip of a lifetime.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing guidance to hikers about how and when to return to the Appalachian Trail in ways that keep you and others safe and helps conserve the Trail at www.appalachiantrail.org/COVID-19. You’ll also find info about where COVID-19-related closures and restrictions are in place there. Keep in mind the situation is fluid, both in terms of closures and guidance, so check back periodically.
Thanks for sharing, this will be a great resource for folks looking to do the AT! When you plan on going southbound does that mean you start later in the year? Or are you battling a cold New England Winter/Spring when you start?
You can't start a SOBO until around the 1st of June. Baxter state park is closed due to weather. So I plan to start 1 June 2022 and target finishing mid-November 🙂 Although the trail was originally design for a SOBO almost everything you find in guide information is from the south.
That makes sense! I've lived in New England and Alaska and I'll take a winter excursion in Alaska over New England any day (even with a potential 50° difference in temperature)! The 'wet' cold in New England is brutal!