AT Trail Map And Information - Pennsylvania Segment Of
The Appalachian Trail aka. Rocksylvania
As the Appalachian Trail winds its way 232 miles through Pennsylvania
there are a number of popular AT access points, but some hikers
prefer to avoid the busiest trail sections and go in search of a
more secluded hiking experience.
The lesser known trail
heads and access feeder trails are listed on detailed
Appalachian trail maps. Any experienced AT hiker will tell you
how useful a high quality laminated trail map can be, however,
detailed trail guides offer a wealth of information that any
multi day hiker should should not leave home without. No matter
where you obtain your guides and maps, please just get them if
you plan to attempt anything more than a day hike. For more
information about activities and attractions in the area contact
the Gettysburg Visitors Bureau at (717) 334-2100.
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There are few things that can stop you in
your tracks on a long distance trail hike than a blister. They rank
right up there with rattlesnakes and diarrhea in ruining your day
but unfortunately, on long distances hikes, blisters are part of the
experience. The harder you try to avoid them the faster they seem to
materialize, as if thinking of them makes them happen but here are a
few pointers anyway.
Begin each day of hiking by putting on a
fresh, dry, high quality, properly fitting pair of hiking socks.
Doing this puts you at the head of the game. Next you need a
pair of breathable, comfortable, supportive, hiking boots/shoes. You
should know if a pair of shoes/boots are trouble the first 1.5
seconds you slip them on your feet. Anything that hurts, annoys, or
just doesn't feel right when you are trying on new hiking footwear
will only get worse and irritate the daylights out of you the first
hour you hit the trails.
No matter how good looking or cool
the footwear looks like in the store, buy comfortable and
supportive, not pretty and stylish because quite frankly, after
several hours hiking a dusty trail in the heat, there isn't going to
be anything about you pretty and stylish. Before beginning any long
hike, break in your
footwear on shorter hikes if possible. It takes time for your new
hiking shoes/boots to conform to your feet, and to flex
comfortably--don't forget to pay extra attention to lacing your
footwear properly. A properly laced hiking shoe/boot should give
your foot and ankle support while also allowing your feet to breath
and not bind when you flex your foot.
After a blister begins,
it must be tended to properly or your hike is a good as over. Bring
plenty of adhesive moleskin and medical bandages, including water
resistant bandages. Zinc Oxide Moleskin helps prevent blisters,
calluses and corns, as well as helps to protect blisters once they
Don't Forget Your Toenails
Overgrown rotting razor claws won't just gross out and disgust your
hiking mates, they can be a real problem on a multi-day hike.
Overgrown toenails can catch on the inside of your hiking shoes, rip
on socks and cause an infection, or just put pressure on the inside of
your shoes making your feet feel tired and your hike that
much harder. When cutting your toenails you should cut
straight across the nail and avoid getting fancy--- so no rounding
of the corners that can invite ingrown toenails to happen.