View Full Version : best time to begin SOBO

07-09-2011, 21:20
when is the best time to begin a SOBO and why? i am thinking late june, but my hiking partner wants to begin as early as possible. also, what are some recommended books/guides i should be reading to prepare for the hike? any helpful comments will be appreciated.

07-09-2011, 23:23
It might be better to wait until summer and two good reasons would be snow melt creating more risky fords and blackflies.


For the full list of A.T. books, click above, then click on Appalachian Trail. Everyone has their own interests and favorites, but the list which follows offers something for everyone.

My top 3 for you in best-1st order follow. Buy #1 and take it or at least the maps with you. Borrow the others from your local library.

Guide to the Appalachian Trail in Maine (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/)

Mountains of the Heart (http://www.scottweidensaul.com/mountains-of-the-heart/)

Wilderness and the American Mind

07-11-2011, 10:20
thanks for the advice! any other book recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

07-11-2011, 13:04
On trail sobo right now. Started the 19th of June. We hit the tail end of blackflies -earlier than that is doable, but it does mean lots of bugs

07-11-2011, 14:04
Ktaadn (http://books.google.com/books?id=Q70_AAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Maine+Woods&hl=en&ei=gFkbTtvDB-bf0QG2neiWBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false) by H.D. Thoreau. Click on the link, scroll down a few pages and click on the title when you see it again.