I am starting my 4th thru-hike of the MST in NC tomorrow from Jockey's Ridge. I will be walking towards the Smoky Mountains and then heading over to the Sheltowee Trace in Kentucky to Yo-Yo that trail. Once finished with the Yo-Yo I will head over to the Great Eastern Trail and either start at the KY/TN border or the KY/WV border and hike north to NY. I will be updating both versions of the MST Thru-Hiker's Manual, updating the Sheltowee Trace (ST) Manual and adding a south-bound version for the ST. I will also write 5 to 6 more Thru-Hiker's Manuals for the Alleghany, Tuscarora, Penn Mid-State, Standing Stone, and one for the northern half of the GET. Depending on where I start the GET, I may end up writing one for the Pine Mountain Trail.
This is about 2,500 miles and will take up to 8 months to complete the hikes. I will be hiking from now until October 2011.
The Manuals projected release date is February of 2012.
If you live near these trails and would like to join me for a day or more, I invite you to come and play in the woods with me.