Hi @allknowen - Thanks for reaching out. It's awesome to hear you have an AT thru-hike in the plans!
You'll see that we moved your post to the Appalachian Trail Hikers group, where it'll be right alongside others conversations about the same trail. @patri100ia posted there looking for partners for a 2022 hike, but you're the first for 2023!
This is a great spot to see what other questions have been answered, as well as ask any you have that are specific to the trail! We're happy to have you here. Hopefully this helps!