HikeMore Online Newsletter - Appalachian Trail Edition, Spring 2004

 

AT Survey Guide

Getting Ready
Background Info
Making Time
Start Dates
Routes
Mail Drops
Bounce Boxes

Backpacking Gear
Top Twelve
Sent Home
Best Gear
Worst Gear
Replacements
Top Brands
First Aid
Water Treatment
Maps / Guides
Seasonal Changes
Backpack Weight

Health
Insurance
Sickness
Pain / Problems

Vitamins
Weight Loss

Trail Food
Supply
Top 5 Foods
Recipes

Danger on the Trail

After the Trail
End Dates
Cost
Hiking Again
Favorite Sections
Biggest Surprise
Best of the Trail
Worst of the Trail
Lessons Learned

 

Appalachian Trail 2003 Hiker Survey

The majority of survey responses we received were from northbound thru-hikers, so these results are therefore representative of their experiences. To date we have received 49 replies to our Appalachian Trail survey. According to the ATC, there were 503 hikers that reported finishing the AT in 2003.

Backpacking Gear - Continued

Best Gear Performance

Almost every backpacker has a piece of gear that they were particularly satisfied with in regards to performance and wear. Because each hiker had something different to add, we're simply presenting a list of their favorite gear. If you'd like more information or to purchase a piece of gear, click on the name to view it on REI's website.

Clothing

Bridgedale Socks
Ultimax Socks
Patagonia
Frog Toggs Rainwear

Hiking Boots and Shoes

Montrail Traverse GTX
Chaco Sandals
Asolo FSN 95
New Balance
Lowa Klondike GTX Mid
Hi-Tec

Backpacks

EMS
Gregory Whitney
Arc'Teryx Bora
Osprey
Granite Gear Vapor Trail

Shelters

Hennessy Hammock
MSR Zoid 1
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight
Mountain Hardwear PCT 1

Other Gear

Alcohol Stove - Pop Can Style
Western Mountaineering 40 Degree Sleeping Bag
 

Worst Gear Performance

Inevitably, something will go wrong with your gear. Not everything lives up to its advertising, some are just impractical, and hardly anything really is waterproof. We asked which piece of gear hikers thought performed the worst on their Appalachian Trail hike.

Clothing

Gortex Jacket
Gortex Raingear
The North Face Vest
Mountain Hardwear Gaiters

Hiking Boots and Shoes

Montrail Trail Runners
Lowa Boots
Montrail Hurricane Ridge

Backpacks

Gregory Lassen

Shelters

Sierra Designs Lightyear

Other Gear

Twig Stove
Platypus
Micro Pur Filter
Sweetwater Filter
Pocketmail
Black Diamond Moonlight Headlamp

Ferrino Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag
Mag Lite AAA Flashlight
 
 

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Hiking the AT in 2003
Danger on the Trail
Agony of the Feet
Appalachian Trail Documentary
Appalachian Trail 2003 Survey Results
Trail Food Ideas and Recipes
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