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Appalachian Trail 2014

Appalachian Trail 2014

This page is dedicated to all those who plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2014.  Information includes a list of 2014 AT blogs, thru-hiker marketplace, gear lists, and more. If there is anything that I have overlooked, or that you would like to see included on this page, please e-mail me at theGoodBadger[at]

Check out the Appalachian Trail 2013 and Appalachian Trail 2015 pages too.

I also suggest to bookmark this page as I will be updating it with more information.

To stay informed about news surrounding the AT, subscribe to the Appalachian Trials Newsletter.

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If you’re thinking of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2014, or will be following closely the thru-hike of a loved one, you should check out Appalachian Trials.  It’s the only resource to help hikers with the mental/emotional portion of thru-hiking the AT – the most difficult aspect of the trail.

[Read the first chapter for free]

Completed 2014 Thru-Hikers!

Check out the list of 2014 Appalachian Trail thru-hikers!!

List of 2014 Appalachian Trail Blogs

If you are planning on thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and would like your blog included on this list, please e-mail me at theGoodBadger[at]gmail[dot]com.

- Appalachian Trials Blog[apply to be a 2014 Appalachian Trials Blogger]

- A Fork in the Road

- A Girl, A Trail, And One Crazy Adventure

- Arthur Santore Tovar Hikes the AT

- Aquaman and Tricks

- Boots to Birks

- Bowman’s Writing Nook

- Curiosity Thrills This Cat

- Earthman Hikes the AT

- Endless Footpath

- FIMBY: A Family Adventure on the AT

- Following Chance

- Hanging on the Trail

- Hikerplaces

- Just Bumming Around

- LAF on the AT

- Lost on the AT

- Mike Osborne’s Thru-Hike

- ME>GA Spirit quest

- Mr. Nayt Takes a Walk

- Mr. Toad and Penguin

- My AT Adventures

- My Hike, 2014

- northbounder

- Nothing Ventured

- On the trail

- pocketfulofrocks

- Post War Hike

- Preying Jaws

- the proud land

- Rob Plods

- shwayze23

- slowly hiking

- That AT Blog

- The Trail Beckons

- TimeOut Adventures

- Trail Mix and Dirty Underwear

- Turtle Crawls NoBo

- Valley Girl

- Walk 4 Heroes

- Walking with Wired

- Wandering Welders

- The Wild Outsiders

- Zuhause im wald


Thru-Hiker Partner Marketplace

Either leave a comment at the bottom of this page or Tweet with the hashtag “#AT2014thruhiker” to be listed below.


[We connect good people here]

Also check out the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Class of 2014 Facebook Page to find others who are leaving the same time as you!

More about the Appalachian Trail

- How many mail drops should you send on the Appalachian Trail?

- How old is too old to hike the Appalachian Trail?

- Outfitters on the Appalachian Trail

- How to keep your iPhone charged on the Appalachian Trail

- Lyme Disease on the Appalachian Trail

Pre-Appalachian Trail Anxiety

- My Appalachian Trail Gear List

- Appalachian Trail Angels and Trail Magic

- The Virginia Blues

- Dealing With Challenges on the Trail

- Hiking the Appalachian Trail with a dog

- Warning Signs that You Might Be Hiker Trash

- 5 Inspirational Appalachian Trail Videos

28 Damn Good Reasons to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

The 5 Most Common Injuries on the Appalachian Trail – And How to Avoid Them

6 Advantages of Being A Section Hiker

- SOBO vs. NOBO Thru Hikers: The Tiny Differences & The Immense Similarities

10 Tips on How To Stay Warm While Winter Backpacking

- The 5 Most Common Injuries on the Appalachian Trail – And How to Avoid Them

- How to Make Your Own Stove

A Deeper Look Into Mountain Crossings: Outfitter, Hostel, New Best Friend

The Youngest Thru-Hiker: 5-Year-Old Buddy Backpacker

13 Reasons Why You Should Take Time Off Of College to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

Eating Gluten Free on the Appalachian Trail

- The Best Towns to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail

Recommended Books

- Appalachian Trials

- AWOL’s AT Guide

- A Walk in the Woods

- How to Hike the AT

(Non AT related)

- A New Earth (Audiobook)

Appalachian Trail Hostels

(From South to North)

- The Blueberry Patch in Hiawassee, GA

- Serenity Chalet (two miles out of the NOC)

- Aquone Hostel in Nantahala Forest, NC

- The Cabin in the Woods at Stecoah Gap, NC 143

- Standing Bear Farm at Green Corner Rd, TN

- Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs, NC

- Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel in Erwin, TN

- Woodshole Hostel at Sugar Run Gap, VA

- Bears Den Hostel & Trail Center in Bears Den Rocks, VA

- Brook Falls Farm, in Middleville, NJ

- Green Mountain House in Manchester Center, VT

- White Mountain Lodge & Hostel in Gorham, NH

E-mail me at to be listed here (please include a link to your hostel)

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Gear

This section is dedicated to helping you find the right gear including tips on how to save money.

For great thru-hiking gear tips, I recommend checking out The Dusty Camel’s gear page.

Steep and Cheap offers one great gear item per day at a large discount.

The Clymb also has some awesome daily gear deals.

If you live near an REI, definitely check out their Garage Sales.  You won’t find better deals anywhere.

*NOTE* REI recently implemented a one-year return rule on all items.  Still a terrific store, which I shop at almost exclusively, but something to consider for those who shop purely for the terms of service.

Stay in the Know

Join the Good Badger Facebook Page (the author), Appalachian Trials Facebook Page (the book) and the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Class of 2014 Facebook Page (your community) to stay current on any updates to this page and all other things dealing with the 2014 Appalachian Trail.  If there’s anything else you’d like to see on this page, let me know!  We can make it happen.

And this is awesome…

Green Tunnel from Kevin Gallagher on Vimeo.

What else would you like to see on this page? Let me know by dropping me a note at theGoodBadger[at]gmail[dot]com.

  • John Collins

    I am bringing my sons in 2014 and we will be hiking for the first time in our life. I know it’s a hard trail, but we will make it!

  • Leslie

    I am a 24 year old female planing on starting in Georgia in early March. Really need to find someone to hike with!

    • Jimmy

      Leslie, when in early march ? Im trying for March 1st or 2nd, but it really depends on the weather. In 2012 I made it 503 miles on the AT before I broke my ankle, but i’m better now and looking forward to trying again. im 30, in fairly good shape… Let me know if you have any questions or whatnot…

    • Sylvia

      Leslie! i’m a 25 year old female and i am prepping for the 14′ thru-hike, leaving in March…Def need a partner, it is really hard to find someone who is willing to drop everything to hike this thing with me

    • Jeni

      looking to hike the AT spring 14….i’m a nurse and home in asheville NC….will be looking to take the time away from work and life around march or april but flexible if I can find the right hiking buddy/buddies….will be starting in GA….

    • Sandy Reid

      Here are two ladies hiking clubs which I’ve joined in preparation for my 2014 hike: (also know as Wild and White Blazing) and Both are great and offer lots of wisdom, information and resources from previous lady through-hikers and a support team while on the trail. I will be doing a flip-flop so can’t help you out but maybe we will meet along the way. My trail name…at least at the beginning…will be Tara Monkey : )

    • Josh

      Thinking about hitting the trail in 2014 also. Email me at

  • Jimmy

    Leslie, when in early march ? Im trying for March 1st or 2nd, but it really depends on the weather. In 2012 I made it 503 miles on the AT before I broke my ankle, but i’m better now and looking forward to trying again. im 30, in fairly good shape… Let me know if you have any questions or whatnot…

  • Laurenigma

    I will be starting sometime around March 20th. I could be flexible on this a bit…going to buy my plane ticket soon. I live in Maine so it will be nice to finish in my state :)

    • Glenn Gordon

      Hi. I’m in Hermon Maine starting out around 3/16. Looking at plane tickets now and with a few days price changes a lot. Looking forward to meeting everyone everywhere

    • Jamie J. McCarthy

      I am Jamie from Gardiner, Me, starting my thruhike at the end of March. I have about 1/4 of my maildrops prepared, as well as my tent, bag, pack and two pairs of shoes! I am well on my way, but still feel challenged by the scope and logistics involved in this trip. I have been ambivalent about a partner, thinking I would enjoy the aid and companionship but wondering if differences in hiking pace would bear an effect.
      I have hiked much of Maine and New Hampshire, but most of it in fine weather. This time I will not get to choose my weather. Research tells me this is going to be pretty wet. I should just carry a case of contractor bags.
      Any vegans or vegetarians thruhiking?

      • Jessi

        I’m a veggie, with vegan tendencies at home. On the trail I imagine I’ll be a bit more lenient with the vegan bit. I plan on doing some research and doing a handful of mail drops at places that might be hard to find veg friendly fare and then just do town resupplies the rest of the way.
        Planning for a March start NOBO!

        • Joanna

          I’m a vegan that’ll be starting around early or mid-April. Definitely some good resources out there on when to definitely send yourself a food drop and when we’ll be fine in the towns. I have to start preparing my food!

        • Virginia Craft

          Here’s a great resource for vegan and vegetarian backpacking:
          I just focus on simplicity. Sure, others will take convenience, but it doesn’t take a ton of planning to stay true to your food-related values on the trail. :) Mail drops help though!

  • Gary

    Maybe see you up that way headed north. I hope you find the perfect companion for the journey. You need to look at the trail journals for those heading north in 2014. Most have the dates they will be leaving. Good source of contacts. Grouch…..

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  • Glenn Gordon

    Leslie, Laurenigma, Jimmy et all. I’ll be starting around the 16th nobo.

  • Kelley

    So stoked to get on the trail! NOBO Feb 2014! Will be applying to be an Appalachian Trials blogger as soon as my job calms down a bit. I hope to offer some insight into being a beginner hiker on a strict budget, and hiking with a dog. Follow my tumblr for boring, few-and-far between posts about our progress! :)

    • Kelley

  • bee

    picking up the trail late this year. will be starting most likely 7/26/12 from a trailhead in TN. gotta hike it to find me. NOBO.

    • bee

      2013, obviously.

  • Kyle Rohrig

    I will be Thru Hiking the AT starting in Early to mid May after Cobia Season ends down here in Florida. I’m selling my Business at the end of this year, Fishing for 5 months straight, Thru hiking the AT for 4 to 5 months as a warm up to a Year to 2 year long Backpacking the world trip. Starting in Australia, checking out the Indo Pacific Islands and working my way across southeast Asia To Africa then Europe and back to US and then South America whilst hitting as many Natural and Man made Sights as I possibly can and getting in on as many adventures and checking off as many things on my bucket list as I can! Can’t say that I am not nervous, but I’m hopping off this Hamster wheel everyone seems to be stuck on and see what this world is all about! Maybe I’ll see some of you on the AT in 2014!

  • Tommy Guild

    I’m 24 leaving 03-21-14 NOBO hiking by myself, looking forward to meeting some awesome people, and maybe meeting a good person or people to hike with! Leaving my job after 8 years of 9 to 5 six days a week can’t wait for NATURE to be my home for 5 to 6 months

  • chris

    Hey Leslie, Jimmy, and Sylvia (and all others in the same boat) I hiked the AT for a couple weeks last year and plan on doing it all in 2014. I also plan to start in March and am interested in hiking with a person or two (starting in GA). I am a 25yo male. feel free to contact me for questions or comments.

  • Asa

    I was originally going to start hiking the AT northbound in mid-March 2014, but everything down here in Georgia is pointing to a long, cold winter ahead. I am thinking now about the first week of April. Unless it’s a crazy year, the snow should be done by then. If you are thinking about starting in March, research 1996, the year when the AT in Georgia got about ten inches of snow on average in a blizzard in mid-March. I am currently looking for a good group to start my hike with. Any suggestions are appreciated.

  • Craig

    I will be starting the AT on Feb 24 2014, want to get started early to avoid the crowd. Any one who will be starting around the same time mail me . I’m in pretty good shape and have extensive military back ground. (Special Forces retired). I will be traveling with about 25lbs. Will be attempting a thru if all goes well.

    • IronLady

      Good luck, Craig. Have fun! I am starting to section hike the AT in May .

  • Virginia Craft

    Bicycling from the west coast to the east coast before beginning our SOBO thru-hike of the AT in 2014. Join the fun! :)

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  • Nathan Howerton

    I have things almost packed and ready to go for my NOBO trip starting the first week of April. I’m doing this hike alone, but hope to meet some really great people along the way.