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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Thru-hikers begin Appalachian Trail northbound hikes - Roanoke Outdoor Recreation | Examiner.com

There are many beautiful sights along the Appalachian TrailAccording to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website, about 1,500 northbound hikers start the journey each year during March and April, with 30 or more hikers starting each day.
The northbound hikers will face winter weather and deep snow in some places as they begin their journey; however, the weather will become more mild through the Mid-Atlantic states before turning cold again in New Hampshire and Maine.
Those hiking south face more difficulties including swarms of black flies and muddy trails in Maine in June, hot and humid weather in the Mid-Atlantic, hiking during hunting season and cold, winter weather at the end of their hike.
There are as many reasons to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail as there are hikers. A recent blog titled, "35 Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail" shows many of the reasons hikers choose to walk five million steps on their hiking journey.
Thru-hiking isn't the only way to hike the Appalachian Trail. Section hikers start at any point on the trail and hike a section at a time, as time and weather permits.
These alternatives are known as "flip-flop" or "leapfrog" hikes. The advantages to section hiking include having fewer hikers on the trail with you and easier terrain and weather along the way.

Thru-hikers begin Appalachian Trail northbound hikes - Roanoke Outdoor Recreation | Examiner.com
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