The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It is approximately 2,181 miles long. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships,and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions do traverse towns and roads, and cross rivers. The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season. Along the way, the trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

30 days - 323 Miles - 5/9

Today marks 30 days on the trail.  Ryan has hiked 323 miles which is 14.8% of the 2181 to Maine.  He should be in Erwin, TN in the next two days for a package and hopefully to call home with some details for the blog.  He has sent pictures and journal entries. I hope to receive these in the mail and posted by this coming weekend. 
Ryan is carrying with him a Spot GPS broadcaster which he uses mark his GPS location nightly.  He has three levels of communication with this device.  He can send an "I'm OK" message, a "Minor Emergency" message which communicates with a variety of phones and emails he has pre programmed, or and Emergency beacon which alerts multiple government and private rescue services. All broadcast a precision GPS location.  The Emergency beacon will broadcast hourly until turned off.   

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  1. thanks this is so beneficial ( Lemon's mother)

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