Hidden treasure (for the dehydrated hiker)
Every year 2,000 people attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail on the East Coast of the United States, stretching from Georgia up to Maine. Only about 1 in 4 complete the entire trail, and it takes somewhere between 5-7 months depending on your start date.
A successful journey requires quite a few ingredients: grit / mental endurance, planning ahead and flexibility. Also important is packing the right amount of food and stashing plenty of water along the way ahead of time, since dehydration / running out of water is one of the fastest ways to fall apart.
Most hikers attempting the full trail scout out parts of the trail ahead of time. Stashing water in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia is particularly important since the beginning of the journey can be hot & humid, and often the last few miles before civilization are the hardest to get through.
localweb.is/AT-trail-water-stash is an ingenious way to keep track of water locations for later. As you leave water in a new place, simply add a post to /AT-trail-water-stash, and because it’s tied to location it’ll show up on your phone when you are within 1 mile (subject to cell phone coverage of course but many parts of the trail are only a few miles from cities/towns). If you’re a good Samaritan, as most people who attempt the journey are, you can even make a plastic laminated card and pin it to some of the wooden trail signs for other hikers and runners who might find themselves in desperate need of water.
Which is good because as anyone who’s ever gone on a long hike knows, you can get pretty delirious and forget where you are on the back half of the trail.
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