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How I Plan The Path For My Hike
The video posted to the right describes how I will be planning my path spanning over 5,000 miles across the United States. The planning model I use can also be applied to the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail.
Much of the information I used as a foundation to create this model of planning came from books written by Chris Townsend and Andrew Skurka.
I would like to note that its important to be thorough in planning a trip like this, but it also important to have a system that doesn't overwhelm the planning process and yet one that still provides enough detailed information in order to feel confident on the trail.
This planning model works for me, but it may not work for everyone in their own hiking adventures. If you are planning a trip I suggest that you discover whats best for you while using expert advice for a foundation.
The American Discovery Trail
Originally my goal was to walk the southern states and work my way across America from California to Flordia. However, the longer I spent looking at the rough draft of my original route the more it rose up within me that this was not the path that I wanted to take.
I have spent the last couple of weeks working on another idea that I feel will give me a lot more to experience during the walk.
I have chosen the American Discovery Trail (ADT) which is the first Continental trail spanning from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. There are many reasons why my heart has turned towards this new path. Simply put, the ADT offers a lot to those who attempt to cross it.
It connects five National Scenic, 12 National Historic, and 34 National Recreational Trails; passes through urban centers like Cincinnati and San Francisco; leads to 14 National Parks and 16 National Forests; and visits 10,000 sites of historic, cultural, and natural significance. It’s know as being truly the backbone of the National Trails System.
If I want to discover the heart of America this would be the trail.
Also, there are benefits in choosing to travel this trail verse planning my own. Although the ADT hasn’t be completely thru-hiked by many people, there is still lot of help available online to help make the planning of the trip easier. Items such as trail books and GPS coordinate data which can be purchased from past travelers will help me stay on path while providing transparency on what is to come ahead. This valuable information will allow me to mitigate a lot of the risk and help the walk from taking on unnecessary stress. Hikers have also provided detailed tips for other hikers such as phone numbers for important contacts, tips about resupply points, and important in-town points of interest.
This trail will now be my main focus. I am so excited to make the change!
ADT Trail Facts
The American Discovery trail leads travelers through:
- 5 National Scenic Trails
- 12 National Historic Trails
- 34 National Recreational Trails
- 14 National Parks
- 16 National Forests
- Visits 10,000 sites of historic, cultural, and natural significance.
- Passes through urban centers like Cincinnati and San Francisco;