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Hey, I'm a guy who can't get away for 6 months to a year to do a thru hike on a long trail. But I do have time to take a week here or there to do a section hike. So I'm going to section hike the Appalachian Trail. Let's talk about what it takes to plan a great hike, then go out and hit the trail. We are sponsored by the Committee to Restore America's National Parks, a campaign aimed at fixing the $11.9Billion backlog under our National Park System. You can check them out at https://restoreamericasnationalparks.org.

Section Hiking the Appalachian Trail Jon Eskelsen

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Hey, I'm a guy who can't get away for 6 months to a year to do a thru hike on a long trail. But I do have time to take a week here or there to do a section hike. So I'm going to section hike the Appalachian Trail. Let's talk about what it takes to plan a great hike, then go out and hit the trail. We are sponsored by the Committee to Restore America's National Parks, a campaign aimed at fixing the $11.9Billion backlog under our National Park System. You can check them out at https://restoreamericasnationalparks.org.

    Shenandoah Park Day 4: Birds Nest#3 to Big Meadows Campground

    Shenandoah Park Day 4: Birds Nest#3 to Big Meadows Campground

    In the which we determine whether it is better to proceed quick in order to eat what is considered a good meal and whether rolling one's ankle should keep our hiker from pursuing his quest.  


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    • 19 min
    Shenandoah Day 3: Matthew Arms to Bird's Nest #3

    Shenandoah Day 3: Matthew Arms to Bird's Nest #3

    In the which our intrepid hiker relearns the wonders of ibuprofen, enjoys a coke and wanders up and down the hills to bird's nest #3.  He meets some retirees who explain to him that the hiking he thinks is somewhat challenging is nothing compared to southern VA... The weather was also beautiful and the forest glorious to behold.  


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    • 18 min
    Shenandoah Park Part 2: Compton Gap to Matthew Arms

    Shenandoah Park Part 2: Compton Gap to Matthew Arms

    In this protein of our adventure, our backpacker leaves the bear infested area of Compton Gap and hikes his way up and over several areas of Shenandoah National Park to Matthew Arms campground.  We also learn that his dinner of dehydrated yams was gross and what to do for shock.  


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    • 27 min
    Shenandoah National Park part 1: Lindon to Compton Gap

    Shenandoah National Park part 1: Lindon to Compton Gap

    In the which our erstwhile explorer begins a multi-way trip through the Shenandoah National Park as he heads southbound on the Appalachian Trail and has adventures along the way.  Plus, he may have come across a bear at night, which was not an experience he had hoped for along the way.  

    Please subscribe, leave comments on the podcast, and join us on Instagram @section_hiking_the_AT and Twitter @EskelsenJon

    SNP backcountry park regulations


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    • 27 min
    Southern PA: Woodrow Road to Caledonia State Park

    Southern PA: Woodrow Road to Caledonia State Park

    Wherein our intrepid adventurers take a 15 mile overnight jaunt from the middle of now where to a beautiful state park and then tell you about it.  

    An article on the types of animals you may find along the AT is here! 


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    • 25 min
    Southern PA: Caledonia State Park to PEN Mar County Park, MD

    Southern PA: Caledonia State Park to PEN Mar County Park, MD

    Today we discuss the southern most section in Pennsylvania as we leave this fair state for Maryland.  It's a great long hike, that is heavily wooded.  

    Also, we answer a question about how to get started backpacking! Give it a listen.  

    Andrew Skurka's Peanut Noodle recipe 

    The 10 essentials from the American Hiking Society


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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Shorelinex109 ,

Maryland section.

Just did the MD section. Waiting to hear what your expectations and experience was. When is your next section hike? Waiting for the next episode.

Eric23! ,

Appreciation

Hello Jon,

I just wanted to thank you for all of the knowledge you have provided. I too was planning a section hike of the AT and have been learning from you while I prepare to go. I have been hiking Patasce State Park in Maryland for my shakedown hikes. Thank you for the episodes on maps and food. I have found those to be the two most useful ones for me.

Thanks again,

Eric from Elkridge

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