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The A.T. Guide 2012 Paperback – January 21, 2012

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Besides being a comprehensive guide to the AT and its supporting services, what I really think it amazing about the new Guide is the way in which David collects and manages all of the information in it. There is an enormous amount of information in the Guide about the trail itself, hiker hostels, restaurants, resupply options, health care, vets, transportation, outfitters, gear manufacturers, water sources, shelters, and so on. This is a guy who is making a lot of phone calls to keep this information up to date, in addition to visiting trail towns, and handing out GPS devices to thru-hikers who send him back coordinates to include in the book. I know some map makers, and trust me, this kind of information management is an art form. On top of keeping all of this data organized, accurate and linked together (map and GPS coordinates, elevation data and town services), David is invested in making the Guide easy to use and read, applying the visual principals of Edward Tufte to the display and organization of the information on the page. It shows. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David (Awol) Miller hiked the full length of the Appalachian Trail in 2003, and is the author of AWOL on the Appalachian Trail.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jerelyn Press; 2012 Northbound edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979708125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979708121
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Miller is the author of "The A.T. Guide," a guidebook for hiking the Appalachian Trail that is updated annually, as well as "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail," a narrative of his own journey hiking all 2,172 miles of the famous trail. David has worked as a software engineer, handyman, and writer. He lives in Titusville, Florida with his wife and three children.

For more information about hiking the Appalachian Trail, please visit

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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Whippersnap on March 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
The A.T. Guide is without question the most comprehensive, easiest to use, and most creatively formatted Appalachian Trail guide available to hikers. I used this guide extensively on my recent Appalachian Trail thru-hike and I would especially recommend this guide for any prospective AT thru-hikers. This is the ONLY book you will ever need to prepare for your hike, as well as during your long journey.

The A.T. Guide contains profile maps overlaid upon mileage/data, allowing you to judge distance and elevation gain/loss on a single page. This is hands-down the most creative format for a trail guide that I have encountered. It proved a refreshing and easy way to obtain information at quick glance during my AT thru-hike. No fumbling with other maps, no hidden climbs or descents between landmarks, and no cross-referencing multiple pages. All the information you need is right there, simple as that.

Additionally, no other Appalachian Trail data book contains both the quantity and usefulness of landmarks represented within this guide. With this book, you always know where you are on the Trail. Every water source, campsite, shelter, road crossing, trail intersection, vista, and even ice cream stand is represented in this book. Other guides leave you guessing as to how many more miles you have to reach a destination. With the detail of The A.T. Guide, you always know where you stand and how much distance remains--as well as the difficulty of the terrain during that distance. This book also contains the most detailed and useful town maps of any AT guidebook that I've seen and contains the most complete town services data.

During my AT thru-hike I experimented with other guides, most notably the Thru-Hikers Companion.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Troth on July 28, 2010
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I'm a section hiker of the AT. I recently met a thru hiker on the trail who was using this guide. It has a nice way of graphically showing the elevations. It also shows the mileages for the next 3 shelters from each shelter showing both northbound and southbound. It shows all the parking places along the trail. That is particularly good info for us section hikers. I've had trouble finding that info in other AT guides. It has schematics of most of the towns close to the trail highlighting the eating and lodging places. It even has info on some of the people who offer shuttle service along the trail. I'm very pleased with my purchase.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Trisha U on April 26, 2013
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Pros: up-to-date information about the Appalachian Trail. The Data Spreads have landmarks linked to an elevation profile over a "20.6 miles per page" graph, AT shelters are noted and options are given in both directions to the nearest shelters, and brief write-ups and maps of trail towns are given immediately after the relevant Data Spreads. The Symbols and Notations Key in the front is intuitive, and gives concise information on the Data Spreads, including parking areas.The AT Guide is available in northbound and southbound editions, as well as a loose-leaf format. Reasonable size for use while hiking.
Cons: Some feature articles are relevant, such as the new back country fees at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the regulations of White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, and the special rules of Baxter State Park in Maine. Other articles are simply filler, such as "Suggestions for Providing Trail Magic," "Trail Etiquette," and a wind chill chart hidden toward the back. The Leave No Trace rules -- seven boxes scattered out of order -- take up room that could have been used for critical information about the AT. Either leave the space blank or use fewer pages -- the hikers won't mind the reduced size.
Bottom line: I'm impressed. I like those elevation profiles and how they highlight the steeper sections of the trail. They can't display "steep, but switchbacks" versus "you are crawling on your hands and knees," but any clue is appreciated. I would recommend this guidebook.
Hint: buy two -- one to take, one to leave with a reliable person in case you need something sent to a trail town. The post office phone numbers and zip codes are on the maps. This way you are literally on the same page.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David G Posey on January 28, 2011
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This guidebook tells all ... seriously, all. All the data you could ever need when thru- or section-hiking the Appalachian Trail. And, it's presented in an easy-to-glance-at format (use Amazon's "look inside" feature to see how), and it's got a small form factor. A bit on the heavy side if you're planning on carrying this in your pack (~8 oz.), but then again you could always tear out only the pages you need for the current section of the Trail. Throw it in a waterproof bag with your camera for when you invariably get stuck in a rainstorm. Recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Quinter on June 30, 2012
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I have backpacked the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain to 50 miles inside North Carolina over the past 2 summers. This guide has been 100% correct as to the location of shelters, privies, water sources, and other things you really need to know on the AT. Phone numbers for shuttle services and nearby towns to resupply and sleep were also very helpful. Mileage was right on. I do wish the elevation charts were a little more detailed.

I purchased a few different books, booklets, and guides about the AT, but this was the only one worth the money. I would simply not attempt to do any sectional portion or the entire AT without the current guide. Next summer, plan to do the entire Great Smoky Mountain National Park (with a photocopy of that section from my A.T. Guide 2013 in my pack).

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