6. How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

In this chapter we'll cover how to plan a hike along the Appalachian Trail.

6_1. Planning a Hike

6_2. Trail Skills
Before heading out you need to be proficient in a few basic skills. Ensure you can hang your food using PCT method in low light or darkness. Practice on a tree in your yard or a nearby park. Practice on day hikes.

6_3. Trail Lore & Etiqutte
Are you a people person? You'll get along with your fellow hikers if you know a few bits of trail lore and can avoid social mistakes. Think of these resources as Appalachian Trail charm school.

Congratulations! You've completed the final section of the Appalachian Trail Online Course.

One final word: Please realize that while you may have faithfully watched, read, and done everything listed, you have reached only a level of minimal competency. You have much to learn! Take short shakedown hikes in your area to practice with your gear and to perfect your systems and procedures. The Appalachian Trail is neither friend nor foe, it just is. If you listen to your body, go at your own pace, and use your own methods, you will Hike Your Own Hike. Good hiking!

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