Appalachian Trail 2012

appalachian trail 2012

This page is dedicated to those who plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2012.  Information includes a list of 2012 AT blogs, hiking tips, changes to the trail, gear lists, and more. If there is anything that I have overlooked, or that you would like to see included on this page, please e-mail me at theGoodBadger[at]gmail[dot]com.

I also suggest to bookmark this page as I will be updating it with more information.

If you’re thinking of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, or is the loved one of someone who is, you should check out the below book, Appalachian Trials.  It’s the leading resource in preparing hikers for the psychological and emotional aspect of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Read the first chapter for free

List of 2012 Appalachian Trail Blogs

If you are planning on thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2012 and would like your blog included on this list, please e-mail me at theGoodBadger[at]gmail[dot]com.

Where’s Lori AT?

A Trail Life

Adventures on the AT

Appalachian Jake

Appalachian Trials Blog – ft. Suds & Smilin’ Joe

AT Hokie 2012

AT Portrait Project

AT Southbound

Binford Adventures

Carolina AT Mom

Following Blazes

Going South

Here, There, Everywhere

Hike for the Homeless


JDWFoto Blog


KP on the AT

Mackenzie on the AT

Matt & Jake’s Hike

Nora’s F.A.T.T. Hike

Oats and Olive

PJ Wetzel’s AT Journal

Reel Content on the AT

Stealth Fighter in the Night

Tammy Petry’s Thru-Hike

The Laughing Dog

Velocawolf’s Trail Journal

Walk for H20

Warrior Hike

Hiking Partner Marketplace

Either leave a comment at the bottom of this page or send me an e-mail to have yourself added to this list.

The following people are looking for a hiking partner to get themselves started on the AT for 2012.  Let’s play matchmaker!

– Bill Powell (e-mail: is hiking SOBO, leaving June 1st

– Chase Bishop (e-mail: is looking to leave mid-March

Lori Overton (e-mail: is looking to leave between March 15 – April 1st.

Carey Belcher (Carey’s Facebook Profile) is doing a flipflop hike starting NOBO in Erwin or Damascus after April 11th.

Jessie ( is looking to leave sometime in April.

Kat “Stealth Fighter” (see her blog below) is leaving on March 3rd

Tamera Martens (Twitter: HikeForTheHomeless1) is leaving the second week in March.

Also check out the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Class of 2012 Facebook Page to find others who are leaving the same time as you!

More about the Appalachian Trail

Lyme Disease on the Appalachian Trail

– Pre-Appalachian Trail Anxiety

– My Appalachian Trail Gear List

Appalachian Trail Angels and Trail Magic

The Virginia Blues

Dealing With Challenges on the Trail

Recommended Books

Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

AWOL’s 2012 AT Guide

A.T. 2012 Companion

Changes to the Appalachian Trail in 2012

– The trail’s total distance has increased 3 miles from 2011, to a total of 2,184 miles

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Gear

This section is dedicated to helping you find the right gear including tips on how to save money.

For great thru-hiking gear tips, I recommend checking out The Dusty Camel’s gear page.

Steep and Cheap offers one great gear item per day at a large discount.

Stay in the Know

Join the Good Badger Facebook Page and the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Class of 2012 Facebook Page to stay current on any updates to this page and all other things dealing with the 2012 Appalachian Trail.

Hiking the AT next year?  Check out the Appalachian Trail 2013 Page.