Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2003

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A.T. Journal

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Final Ascent

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A.T. Notes

A.T. Graphs

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Will's Hitch on the Appalachian Trail

This was the last picture taken of Will before his adventure.  He is seen here walking towards Delaware Water Gap looking for a hitch.  Read Will's account of his hitch hike with Troy.  This article is not for the faint at heart.  This is a true story that happened to Will on his attempt to reach Delaware Water Gap.

Read "The Hitch from Hell" (caution: adult content)




Southbounders, the movie

Ashley, Billy, & Keith review the Appalachian Trail thru hike movie, Southbounders (2005), for  Read the review.

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike

Overview & History of the Appalachian Trail:

 The Appalachian Trail stretches through 14 states:  Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.  The Appalachian Trail continuously changes in length due to trail relocation each year: 1937 - 2,054 miles; 2003 - 2,172.6; 2005 - 2,174.9.  The Appalachian Trail became a continuous trail on August 14, 1937. The Civilian Conservation Corps completed the final link of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  Earl Shaffer became the first to report a thru-hike in 1948.  The Appalachian Trail was selected as the first National Scenic Trail in 1968.  Learn more about the Appalachian Trail...

Meet the Guys behind the Appalachian Trail Thru Hike
Learn more about the men behind the Hikes

Discover the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail Walk Thru

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Photos

The Walk Thru is a flip show containing over 200 photos  in chronological order, and has notes to some of the photos.  The flip show will start immediately once the page is loaded and recycles itself. See the Photos.

Appalachian Trail Journal

Ben's journal from our 2003 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Ben kept a journal fairly consistently throughout the trip.  Read the adventures Ben and Billy lived thru on the Appalachian Trail.  Read the Journal.

Appalachian Trail History

Learn more about the Appalachian Trail, the beginnings, possible shortcomings, and how we followed the trail.

Final Ascent of Katahdin and the Appalachian Trail

Ben & Billy on Katahdin, Appalachian Trail Thru Hike

See the Final Steps of a 2,172.6 mile journey on the Appalachian Trail.  View Finishing Photos and "Georgia to Maine -- Are You Insane?" Poem.

Thru Hike the Appalachian Trail

A.T. Thru Hike Gear & Equipment

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Gear & Equipment

Billy and Ben review their Appalachian Trail Thru hike equipment.  Our gear selection contained: homemade gear, best on the market gear, and stuff you can buy for a couple of dollars.  We comment on each piece of gear- pros and cons, and solely pick our equipment on weight and function.

Appalachian Trail Notes

All the A.T. notes are based on Ben's mileage calculations and journal, and Billy's notes and pictures.  See pictures based on the notes.

Appalachian Trail Graphs

Ben puts his Daily Data calculations into visual artwork.  See Miles averaged per Day, State, and other self-indulgent information.

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Graphs

Appalachian Trail Map

Appalachian Trail Road Sign

Select a State to Learn More:

Select a State to Learn more about the Appalachian Trail Georgia Tennessee North Carolina Virginia West Virginia Maryland Pennsylvania New Jersey New York Massachusetts Connecticut Vermont New Hampshire Maine

Appalachian Trail - State by State

Read highlights and view photos from each leg of the 2003 Appalachian Trail thru hike adventure.  Follow Ben & Billy  State by State as they set the stage for each section of the Appalachian Trail.  The guys list accommodations, daily mileages, facts about the State, and what they encountered in the section.  Learn what it's like to walk over 2,000 miles on one of the World's great footpaths a section at a time - witness the pain, the hunger, the toilet trouble and, ultimately, the triumph of reaching Katahdin.