What Do You Need to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

I have backpacked and hiked a good deal, but I have not ever attempted anything this ambitious in the past. I am think about how long it would take to hike the length of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to New York and on Maine. I am wondering how long it would take and how practical it would be for me to take the whole trip at once. Right now I am working on a backpacking gear list and trying to figure out how well I can pick up provisions while I am on the route. I am aware that there are a good number of places where you can stop, do your laundry and pick up supplies. It is obvious that you can not really carry enough food to last you a trip that is around twenty two hundred miles in length. That would probably be more food that a pair of pack mules could carry.

Obvious you have to think about a lot of different things when you make these sorts of plans. You must have the right sort of gear and you have to think about how much every thing weighs. You need to think about being able to start camp fires for example, but you want to have food which is not going to require cooking. You are going to spend a lot of time on your feet. You are going to want to figure out if you can get plenty of nutrition while you are on your feet and when you do stop for the night, you are not going to always be able to cook a full meal. A lot of the time conditions are not going to be right to sit down and start a cooking fire. You are going to be rained on a lot.