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Appalachian Trail 2013

Appalachian Trail 2013

This page is dedicated to all those who plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2013.  Information includes a list of 2013 AT blogs, thru-hiker marketplace, 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]

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 will be following closely the thru-hike of a loved one, you should check out Appalachian Trials.  It’s the only resource to help hikers with the mental/emotional portion of thru-hiking the AT – the most difficult aspect of the trail.

Also, check out the Check out the Appalachian Trail 2014 and Appalachian Trail 2015 pages too.

[Read the first chapter for free]


Completed 2013 Thru-Hikers!

Check out the list of 2013 Appalachian Trail thru-hikers!!

List of 2013 Appalachian Trail Blogs

If you are planning on thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2013 and would like your blog included on this list, please e-mail me at theGoodBadger[at]gmail[dot]com.

Appalachian Trials Blog[apply to be a 2013 Appalachian Trials Blogger]

Acorn Hikes the AT




AT or Bust: Erik’s Solo SOBO Hikie

Austin Hikes the Trail

Blood Orange’s AT Journal

Buddy Backpacker

Christine Sause

Dirigo Bound

Erik Walks North

Fun Sized AT Adventure

Ga Me On

Heather Hikes


Hiking the Good Hike

Hiking the Trail

Hiking through ALS

Hitched Hike

Jolly on the AT

Jonah Gibbons

Kid in Boots

Leah’s Big Adventure

My Meandering Trail


– No Pain No Maine

Panch’s Big Adventure

Shephards 2013 AT Journal

Spark 2 Fire

Sweetspot Wandering

Tandem Trekking

Take a Hike

Think I’ll Go on a Walkabout


TNT on the Trail

Trail Kit

Trail Travels

Trevor’s Thru Hike

The Vicarious Hiker

Walking Loon

Wander Games

Wandering the Wild

Thru-Hiker Partner Marketplace

Leave a comment at the bottom of this page to let people know when you’re hiking!

Also check out the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Class of 2013 Facebook Page to find others who are leaving the same time as you!

More about the Appalachian Trail

– How many mail drops should you send on the Appalachian Trail?

– How old is too old to hike the Appalachian Trail?

– How to keep your iPhone charged on the Appalachian Trail

– Outfitters on 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

– Hiking the Appalachian Trail with a dog

– Warning Signs that You Might Be Hiker Trash

– 5 Inspirational Appalachian Trail Videos

– 28 Damn Good Reasons to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

– The 5 Most Common Injuries on the Appalachian Trail – And How to Avoid Them

– 6 Advantages of Being A Section Hiker

– SOBO vs. NOBO Thru Hikers: The Tiny Differences & The Immense Similarities

– 10 Tips on How To Stay Warm While Winter Backpacking

– The 5 Most Common Injuries on the Appalachian Trail – And How to Avoid Them

– How to Make Your Own Stove

– A Deeper Look Into Mountain Crossings: Outfitter, Hostel, New Best Friend

The Youngest Thru-Hiker: 5-Year-Old Buddy Backpacker

– 13 Reasons Why You Should Take Time Off Of College to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

Recommended Books

Appalachian Trials

AWOL’s AT Guide

A.T. Companion

A Walk in the Woods

Appalachian Trail Hostels

(From South to North)

The Blueberry Patch in Hiawassee, GA

Serenity Chalet (two miles out of the NOC)

Aquone Hostel in Nantahala Forest, NC

The Cabin in the Woods at Stecoah Gap, NC 143

Standing Bear Farm at Green Corner Rd, TN

Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs, NC

Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel in Erwin, TN

Woodshole Hostel at Sugar Run Gap, VA

Bears Den Hostel & Trail Center in Bears Den Rocks, VA

Green Mountain House in Manchester Center, VT

White Mountain Lodge & Hostel in Gorham, NH

E-mail me at to be listed here (please include a link to your hostel)

Changes to the Appalachian Trail in 2013

 [Coming soon…]

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 (the author), Appalachian Trials Facebook Page (the book) and the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Class of 2013 Facebook Page (your community) to stay current on any updates to this page and all other things dealing with the 2013 Appalachian Trail.  If there’s anything else you’d like to see on this page, let me know!

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  • Eric Ernst

    solo/nobo/ march 20th
    Looking for any other hikers setting out for the 2013 thru hike around the same date.

    • Kevin Reed

      Monday March 18th for me

      • Casey

        Same week

    • jess

      March 22nd is my leave date. Got a fellow hiker and two dogs comin with. Email

  • Shawn Garred

    I’ll be leaving sometime that week as well!

  • Colin Thacker

    I’m planning on starting the trail late feb/mid march and cant find anybody that wants to do it or can take off work long enough. I’m 28 year old guy from Thomasville, Ga. I just recently moved back home from Destin, Florida to prepare for my next adventure. I understand plenty of people will be on the trail but i prefer to find someone to start the travel with. I am not the most experience hiker but i’m in great shape, ive been preparing myself, and always up for a challenge. Shoot me an email at if you are interested or just add me on facebook.

  • steve h

    Looking to leave Chicago around mid march for a thru hike. Hit me up

  • Steve & Maggie (Wiggy 2010)

    Aquone Hostel

    We are getting ready for the class of 2013, if you need to send a mail-drop

    63 Britannia Drive
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    828 321 2340

    Steve & Maggie

  • http://SOBO-Mid-July Jade

    Going SOBO starting July 22nd-ish. Would love to find a partner – ping me at if interested.

  • Jim W

    Planning on a S to N thur-hike 1st (ish) week of April 2013 after I walk my niece down the aisle for her wedding in AZ.

  • Megan

    Looking for a hiking partner. North-bound, leaving March 23rd or 24th.

    • AB

      Hey Megan.. I’m Alicia and am also looking for a hiking partner for the AT… My email is and you can shoot me an email to see if our plans match up!!

    • jess

      Shoot me an email if you’re still looking for people to go with. Your departure date is pretty close to what I’m looking at myself.

  • William

    Setting off northbound on a late start around may looking to hike as far on the trail as I can get. Send me an email if interested

  • jess

    Hi! Names jess!. I’m a first timer thru hiker, but an experienced hiker. I’m in good shape (though “in shape” is relative on a hike of this magnitude.). I need a group to go with, as none of my friends choose to follow me on my crazy 2000 mile journey. Quick bio…I’m 31, male, single, straight, and live with three lesbians so trust me when I say I’m harmless, fairly quiet on the trail unless spoken to, very intelligent, ingenuitive, and honest. Email me @ if your willing to take me in!

  • Casey

    Who all is starting in mid March? Email me.

  • Casey

    Anyone who want to know more about me. You can find me on fb Casey Cassels is my name. I 26 m from NorthEast Louisiana. Im hitting the trail mid March solo not unless I can find some folks to tag along. Either find me on fb or email me at

  • 420mike

    So Stoked!! Leaving early april from chicago area to Georgia. First time hiking the AT and I’m planing on a thru hike. :)

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    I’m 50, and tried it last year but foot took me off trail. Doc says I’m good to go. I’m Giggles from last year, and keeping the trail name. Looking to head out mid to late April. Just lost my hiking partner who can’t start till June to late for me. Email me if interested. I’m easy going, don’t hike really fast, and don’t hike really slow. Live in Maine and have been hiking the Whites for about 5 years now.

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  • Casey

    Yea ive been delayed a good bit from my initial start date but ill be on the trail in a few days if anyone else is gonna be there

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  • AJ Smith

    This is a bit early, but I’m planning on starting northbound in the spring of 2015. I’m in my last year of school (graduating 5/14) and figure the months following that should be sufficient time to prepare financially/work, etc. I’m hoping to find and get to know someone in the intervening months who is interested in starting the trip with me.

    • ALF

      ME TOO!! Hiking the AT has become my new post-graduation plan, and I am thrilled to hear that someone else has the same goal.

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    • Craig

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  • Caseybaughman

    I’m a senior in high school right now and I’m planning on starting the A.T as soon as I can after I graduate hopefully sometime next year. I would love to have someone hike it with me but I don’t know anyone in my area that would enjoy it like I would. I’m a 18 year old male. Please contact me if you’re interested. :)

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