So, I'm hoping to get some good feedback....I'll tell you everything that I think might be useful, so there's probably going to be tons of stuff that's not useful at all.
Facts: 18 year old (5' 3'' 130 pounds)
pretty in-shape, but not a huge amount of hiking experience (hiked more than the average person, but never with real packs)
camped a ton
I have from approximately May 8th to about August 25th (flexible, but I 100% cannot start earlier than May 8th)
I had Runner's knees (patellofemoral syndrome) from playing tennis, but I'm doing well now
I'm not sure how much distance I could cover in that time, but I was wondering whether it would make more sense to go SOBO or NOBO for as far as I can. I have no particular attachment to either way, but hiking the AT has been something I've wanted do since elementary school. I was thinking from either point to the half-way mark would be reasonable? But that's a total guess-timate.
In conclusion: Would it make more sense to go South or North and how far could I expect to go? Please don't tell me to hike my own hike, I'd really like input from knowledgeable people so I can do this in the most efficient and logical way.