The longtime champion of thru-hiking guides for more than 25 years!
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) join their volunteer forces to produce the official guide especially designed for potential thru-hikers who want the basic information for a five- to six-month trek in the woods, at a reasonable price, but also want the adventure of finding out the extras for themselves. With professionally crafted elevation profiles, new maps, and redesigned tables for quick, at-a-glance planning. Updated each year by hikers volunteers with the latest Trail-town services, mileage, relocation, and shelter information.
Edited by Robert "Sly" Sylvester, with research by more than three dozen thru-hiker volunteers in 14 states, backed by the first-hand information of the Trail's volunteer and staff maintainers and managers. Still the only such guide written by volunteers for which all the proceeds are returned to the Trail by these two nonprofits!
Also available as part of the Thru-Hiker Starter Pack.
Greg Cramer (Submitted on Jan 18th 2019)
Over the past 45 years, when ever I've gone hiking on the AT, I've always trusted the information in the "Data Book" and the "Thru-Hikers' Companion".
Even though these books are beautifully made, with mileage detail, trail profile pages, maps of trail towns, and details of shelters and campsites and where to find water, I still find it necessary to rip out the pages of the section I'm hiking through and send the rest ahead, to reduce weight, but that's OK.
Robert Richards (Submitted on Dec 30th 2018)
The mileages of different landmarks on the maps are not correct and small adjustments must be made. I assume this is due to late route adjustments. Of course it’s not the end of the world, but it detracts from the otherwise great quality of the guidebook. Hence four stars instead of five. Otherwise, the book is excellent and a great help with planning.