This is my dream, and I'm finally delving in to seriously tackle hiking the A.T. The thing is, it's finally a possibility to make my fantasy a reality now that I've gotten sober. My plan thus far is to do a southbound hike, starting in Maine still in early spring (the heat of summer won't bother me). Other than plans of how long it may take me and what sort of things I need to acquire to start planning (maps and guidebooks and whatnot), I have no idea where to start. If anyone isn't too annoyed by my inexperience to patronize me, please do share? Thanks!