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The A.T. Guide 2012 Paperback – January 21, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Excellent guide book. Tells you everything you need to know if your taking a sectional hike or a through hike.Published 21 days ago by Eugene Dietz
Completed my thru-hike in 2014. I took no maps only The A.T. Guide. With the great blazing of the trail and the detail of this guide, I completed a successful hike from Georgia to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David R Rough
I am a weekend hiker and this book has been a perfect companion for the trail. "Awol" has thought through everything a hiker will need. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Oosterbaan
This is the only guide you need. It has more details and is more compact than the others. I've checked them all.Published 11 months ago by Al S.
This is the actual book you need to hike the AT....shushhhhh Cat's out of the bag!Published 11 months ago by dONNA dEARMON