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Hiking The Triple Crown

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The Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail-the so-called Triple Crown-have long captured the imaginations of thru-hikers and backpackers alike. For anyone dreaming of or planning a long-distance hiking endeavor, Hiking the Triple Crown is an must-have resource. With triple crown hiker Karen Berger as your expert guide, you'll find answers to your questions about long-distance hiking plus descriptions about what to expect along each of America's three longest trails. Starting with the easiest and the oldest, the Appalachian Trail, and graduating to the more variable Pacific Crest Trail and the more difficult Continental Divide Trail, Berger walks the reader through the unique landscapes, trail characteristics, challenges and strategies, and explores issues that fascinate and perplex hungry-information thru-hikers. She covers the logistics of how to hike these trails, skill requirements, seasonal factors, navigation and route finding, gear, weight issues, food, resupplying, mileage, safety, technique, etiquette, tips and more. Inspiring, encouraging and detailed, this guide is what you need for a successful long-distance hiking experience.

  • Strategies for success (and enjoyment) on your long-distance hike
  • Sidebars offer advice and helpful hints from other thru-hikers
  • Well-organized material enables you to quickly find the information you need
  • Shorter hikes highlighted along each trail
  • Twelve maps for an overview of the sections of each trail
  • Hiking boots or sneakers
  • How do you resupply food and gear
  • How do you pack for alpine and desert environments on the same trail
  • Which trail is best for solitude For a community experience For a route-finding challenge
  • Is ultralight hiking for you

Additional Information

Year 2001
Author Karen Berger
Region North America