View Full Version : anyone from PA planning for 2014?

06-12-2013, 18:27
I have attempted class of 2013 with bad luck I'm off trail
Planning already for 2014 longer financial prep time

06-16-2013, 12:40
I'm not in PA but I'm not far off. I'm over in Jersey. :) Working on the financial aspect right now and changing the current gear that I have...

06-30-2013, 18:13
I'm right outside Harrisburg. I'm dead set on a responsible, awesome thru-hike 2014. It seems like an obligation before the lands inevitably become unrecognizable during this century. Currently hoarding cash and gear.

07-01-2013, 00:04
I'm from Allentown, now living near State College, and also planning a 2014 hike!

07-01-2013, 16:25
Yah, there's plenty of hikers from PA on the trial. I live in State College and there were two guys I met from Danville, two older ladies from Danville, and a couple of other ladies from central PA. You should have no trouble finding people from PA if that's what you're looking for. I would recommend, though, in terms of training (if you're planning on physically training before hitting the trail), find trails with a lot of climbing. I was mainly training for distance before I left, and that really wasn't that helpful. I was doing 30-35 mile loops on the Allegheny Front Trail in Black Moshanon Park, as well Old Loggers Path in Loyalsock Park. I've also done a lot of hiking in different areas of Rothrock Park and Mount Nittany. I will say, PA is relatively flat and rocky and it would've benefited me to select trails that had a lot more climbing. I would weekend warrior these trails and knock out 20-25miles the first day, camp, and then finish the loop the following day. I would recommend finding a good climb and just going up and down it. It's not bad to get in some distance training, but I wish my cardio would've been better for the climbs. I also went SOBO, so it was steep climbing right off the bat, but even going NOBO there's some climbing to start. I failed to realize that BOTH ends of the trail were where the main elevation changes were. I thought it was gonna be smooth sailing after NH, but that first climb up Mt Rogers in southern VA woke me up!

07-02-2013, 08:33
I'm from Shippensburg and I'm planning on a SOBO hike next year.

07-27-2013, 16:09
I'm right near Delaware Water Gap. Starting early March.

09-24-2013, 23:23
I'm in Northern NJ and planning mid March start

12-29-2013, 19:43
while I currently reside on the Cayman Islands, I'm originally from NW PA and I'll be heading back there end of Jan to do final preparations for NOBO AT , which I'm starting 25-mar (staying at the hikers hostel the 24th). Already have all the gear, just need to get it out of storage and take it out for a couple shakedown runs, and I'll probably do a trip in the Catskills (little winter hike of the Devil's Path) to get some trail legs back. Can't wait. When do you plan on starting?

12-30-2013, 13:02
For training hikes in PA with lots of elevation change check out the Black Forest Trail or plan some loops using the cross connectors on the Quehanna Trail

01-16-2014, 07:26
I'm from Philly. Planning my hike and checking out every trail in my area. Going to see the pinnacle this weekend!

01-16-2014, 21:42
From Delaware and i'll be out there for my thru-hike early april , have most of my gear except my base layer bottoms and trekking poles :) see you on the trail.. nobo and super excited..... feel free to check out some of my videos on you-tube. just search Appalachian trail 2014(finding Mecca) or http://youtu.be/0Uvp-CbfXfM

01-17-2014, 00:19
From pittsburgh!

One Brown Mouse
01-30-2014, 11:19
From West Chester Area!

See you all on the trail!

01-31-2014, 19:48
Col. M - I am north NJ too, Sussex county starting march 18

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02-06-2014, 10:54
I live in FL but I'm from Northwest PA and I'm plannin on headin out the first two weeks of March. GA to Maine and back again.

05-12-2014, 09:05
I am looking for someone who is SoBo this year in pa. I do not have a car but can meet anywhere in Pa. I will have a dog with me. Looking for a ride to Maine, will split costs. I would like to leave Pa no later than the first week in June. I can leave any time after May 25th.

05-12-2014, 09:07
how are you getting to Maine?