I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021

I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2021

Special Announcement! Corona Virus Update

Because of the Corona Virus, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recommended that no one hike the AT in 2020. I decided to delay my hike until late March 2021. I continue to post new videos with thoughts and gear information. Thank you for following me.

I have decided to have the trip of a lifetime; I’m going to through hike the entire Appalachian Trail beginning in March 2020, er, make that March 2021 due to Covid.

The ATC gives out hang tags to thru hikers. This is my 2020 hang tag, front and back. On the back, they print a Leave No Trace (LNT) item and in 2020, it was Respect Wildlife.

2020 AT Thru-Hiker Tag
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Hang Tag

it is over 2,193 miles long stretching through 14 states from Springer Mountain in Georgia to the top of Mt. Katahdin in Maine. It will take 5,000,000 steps and I’ll go through 6 pairs of trail runner shoes.

I will be VLOGGING the entire hike on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel and view various gear and hiking videos. If you click the little bell on a video page and then select All Videos, you will be notified when I post new videos. My channel is JLDRDOTCOM and is located here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jldrdotcom

Monetary Contributions – Gear and thru hiking costs money and Vlogging takes a lot of time and effort. If you enjoy my videos, consider donating. Every dollar helps. I will keep track of all donations and plan to do something special for each person who donates after my hike is complete.


We also have a Venmo account. If you would prefer to send money via Venmo, you can send any amount you wish to JLDRDOTCOM and thank you!

What do you carry in your backpack to survive for months on a backpacking hike? Click on the picture below to watch my video on all the gear I am taking.

I also created a Gear page of gear i will be taking on the AT. You can find the Backpacking Gear page. Also, I am sponsoring an organization called PAWS during my thru-hike.  You can read about them on my Backpacking Gear page.

Finally, if you would like to help support or sponsor my thru-hike, I would certainly appreciate a donation.  I accept PayPal donations HERE

Guess what? There are tons of Privy’s / Outhouses so you know I’ll be featuring lots of them in my VLogs.

4 Replies to “I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021”

  1. Which LNT principle did they print on the back of the hang-tag for 2020? Could you send me a picture of the back of the 2020 tag? Thanks!

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