Posted from Walnut Grove, Missouri, United States.
So how do you prepare yourself to hike 2168 miles in 5 months? A lot of reading to start with.
Walking the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail: How To Prepare For & Hike It
Jan D. Curran
Backpacker Magazine’s Guide To The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail Backpacker
Victoria and Frank Logue
These books will give an overall sense of what it takes and what to expect on on long-distance hike. But how do you find out the one million and one details needed to actually accomplish it? The Appalachian Trail Conference. They are the maintaining organization for the AT and have all the info a hiker will need to actually hike the trail.