My planning stage is all over the place, I’m trying my best to get maps downloaded, and find the best sources of info but its hard. Finding maps with clear info is near impossible. I’m having to search for hours on the internet just to find some info.
So far the cumberlandtrail.org website has the best trail condition info and current open sections. But to find info on the incomplete sections is hard. Locating where to get back on trail, finding your next resupply, finding the road walks to connect to the other trail sections, all of this info is near to zero. Im gonna have to locate areas with close by resupplies and easy access. Maybe even cacheing areas with food and water(non perishables). I really am on my own when it comes to this hike. Zero trail magic. This is gonna be hard I really don’t know if this is really possible without full GPS tracking. But I’m going to try. I really don’t have the money to spend on that type of gear. So the old ways and cheap way is the route I have chosen.
My plan now is as followed –
- get every map I can downloaded, printed, bookmarked and organized.
- decide if I want to hike all 300 miles that are planned, or opt out and hike the established sections only.
- Get connected with the CTC for tips and info I may need
- Track everything ( I plan to document every bit of info I get ahold of for research and future hiker reference.