The Appalachian Trail, while often rugged and remote, is designed to accommodate both people who want to hike the entire trail and those who choose to section hike it; that is, hike a new section every year. This year we continue our tradition of offering a section hike - this year in Vermont through the Green Mountains. Here the Appalachian Trail shares its path with another famous trail, Vermont's Long Trail. These two trails journey together from the Mass./Vermont border to just past Killington Peak. The terrain is a wonderful mix of rugged, rocky hiking and rolling forest trails.
|August 28 to September 04, 2022|
|$1395.00 - Available|
Not included: Transportation to/from Rutland, VT and the trip hotel (hotel has an airport shuttle), trail lunches, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, personal expenses, activities not on the itinerary
This trip is rated 4 as it involves early mornings, strenuous hiking, carrying 30 pound packs, and significant elevation gain and loss - the difficulty of the hiking is often greater than the mileage indicates. You should be in very good physical condition and have wilderness backpacking experience. Keep in mind that hiking a trail such as the Appalachian Trail is, indeed, not flat and mileage can be quite deceiving. What may look like long mileage can go quite quickly if it is flatter and/or ridge walking while often shorter mileage takes more time because of the elevation gains and losses. Please note that any hiking on the AT involves steep descents and ascents with the possibility of 'exposure' (narrow trails and/or steep drop offs on one or both sides of the trail.) If you have height issues, please check with the office prior to registering. Rating: 1 2 3  5
This trip is recommended for experienced backpackers. Our preference is that you have participated in the Introduction to Lightweight Backpacking offered each year by AGC in June or have equivalent lightweight backpacking experience. If this trip is the one that fits your schedule but you have never backpacked or if it has been a long time since you have backpacked, you will need to plan on arriving 1 day early, 8/29/2020, by 3 PM to participant in an instruction day and to have adequate time for preparation. The additional charge for this day will be $250 per person ($175 if you share a room) and will include a room at the trip hotel (based on double occupancy) and your AGC guide. If you have any questions, please contact the office.
We will stay the first and last night in a hotel near near the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport in Rutland, VT. for ease of both arrival and departure. There are 2 single supplements available for these two night for an additional $200. In between there are five nights of camping. Most nights we stay in or near a shelter with varying amenities (e.g. fire pit, composting outhouses) depending on whether we are in designated wilderness or state park lands. All our camping sites have water nearby.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I love how AGC helps me accomplish and conquer things! The climbs were long but the payoffs were well worth the effort! Can't wait to go back next year!
Meeting new people and catching up with the guides and participants I'd hiked with previously.
It was SO hard. It was a bit concerning that there was so little water. The weather was very hot and humid. All of this beyond our control; which leads me to convey that....... I always felt safe, I always felt listened to, and I always felt that the guides we doing all that they could to keep the trip moving forward and with a positive spin. It was SO hard.
Anna Clair! She was great. Also, seeing Jan who always makes a great meal and has great guiding skills!
Great guides-Jan and Anna Claire and wonderful like minded nature loving women. The AT never dissapoints!
I learned so many tricks to the fine art of camping - in such a supportive environment. All were much more experienced than me and had lots of good info on how to make camping life easier. Jan's insistence on 30 lbs or less kept us all on track and able to leap tall mountains with a minimum of stress. Anna Claire did a great job of leading us, keeping up a good pace and getting us where we needed to be. I had so much fun!!
Best guides ever!
Awesome guides! Of course the Bears Den Hostel! All the gals were great!
Particularly good group of women participants. Jan as always provided leadership, education, ingenuity in addressing situations. Karen was helpful, hard working, knowledgeable, fun to be with, complemented Jan well.
meeting women who shared similar interests learning skills necessary to backpack safely
New section of the at for me
Highlights of the trip include the positive interaction among the group and the pace of the hike. The trip was very relaxing and enjoyable.