Appalachian trail February 2022

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by Micksjoiner, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    The time feels right to attempt the Appalachian trail.
    Will probably have alot of questions as time goes on but for now I'm looking for advice on.
    1 hiking insurance for the time I'm on the trail .
    2 As I will be using guthooks for navigation (already downloaded map),will be able to buy sim in the USA and pop it in my UK sim free pixel 3 thanks.
    3 What credit cards are you folks using abroad for talking out cash and buying stuff with,
    I'm currently using the Halifax clarity at moment.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2021
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  2. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Could I get this thread moved over to hiking chat thanks
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  3. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

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  4. Daymoth

    Daymoth Section Hiker

    Might be cheaper to get a good uk roaming plan than a usa sim card. I think the fair use clauses usually cover you for 2 months.
  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I've used Snowcard for my trips - everywhere for years; quite pricey but excellent sevice.

    I used AT&T SIMS - but no good for calling back to the UK.
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  6. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Did you buy sim in UK or USA and you just pop new SIM in UK phone
  7. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Will look into that as well thanks
  8. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Some useful info in this thread for me, I'm planning on wandering the other side of the country but it is all relevant. Thanks for starting it. :)
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  9. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I used my Three SIM roaming while on our road trip to US. Used as the sole satnav with Google maps. Worked pretty well, but you're limited 3G only and data/minutes/sms cap is what is your contract limits. The only drawback is that if someone local needs to call you, they need to make an international call/SMS and it's expensive.

    Edit. Three has the widest free roaming coverage, or was at least 6 years ago when did my research before doing quite a bit of travelling over the next few years.
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  10. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Bought in the US.

    Verizon have better coverage generally (but who knows for East coast, I was always West) - but their SIMS did not used to work in non-US/Verizon phones.
  11. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    No traction aids?

    Feb on the AT is generally snowy.

    I'd also suggest replacing that stove too for something less thirsty and less prone to wind.

    One winter luxury I'm never without on a longer one is an HDPE Nalgene (not BPA free, they sieze). It'll take boiling water with no fear of splitting, hot drinks and is a real gem if your cold or have to dry some socks out. Also, great to start off with a hot drink in your jacket pocket.
  12. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Been thinking the same,what do you recommend,I have Raynaud's , generally open some chemical hand warmers first thing in the morning
  13. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

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  14. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Feel free to jump on board
    I'm doing a sort of virtual walk this year to see what kind of weather I might encounter
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  15. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    The 500ml is a good size for a thru hike. A 1L is more usefil for drying stuff and stays warm for hours but it's a lump.
  16. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    I have that size already but only used it for coffee so far.Being cold is my only worry especially my hands also thinking about upgrading my quilt to a 0 degree and get one that fits my size( currently have ee enigma L W and cumulus 450 regularly I'm 5'7" shoulder girth is 48").
  17. maddogs

    maddogs Trail Blazer

    We used World Nomads for insurance. Have used SnowCard in the past too. Never claimed on either though...
    Unfortunately, the USA is horrifically expensive for this.

    Verizon works on CMDA network (as do Sprint and US Cellular) and is generally considered the widest coverage network across the US. AT&T and T mobile use GSM which is what you find in Europe/UK. My understanding, like Ed, is that CMDA sim won't work in a GSM phone and vice versa, but I'm not an expert. I can confirm that my USA-bought GSM phone works in the UK.

    T mobile coverage is rubbish in MA, VT and NH. No idea about further south. AT&T was reasonable, but don't expect to get much in the woods!
    Depending on what you need, it may be possible to get by with just WiFi when you hit town?

    And may I make unsolicited comments based on your kit list:
    • Midge head net, long sleeves (top and bototm), permethrin. The humble Scottish midge has nothing on the beasts over there in summer.
    • A few screw-in hooks to facilitate easy pitching on wooden tent platforms. P*$$*ng about with guys around twigs jammed under the slats every night is do-able, but not much fun.
    • USA-UK plug adapter. Or just buy a USA multiport USB when you get there?
    • Food hanging kit - more for the mice than the bears TBH.
    • Bin the AT and go Out West. Unless you really like trees. ;)
  18. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    UK/Europe (900/1800MHz) and USA (850/1900MHz) use slightly different GMS frequencies depending on the carriers. Same with 4G frequencies. This means that cheaper phones don't always have the same reception, because cheaper parts don't always include all the bands. More expensive phones should have quad-band (IRCC) capability, making them work anywhere in the world. You can check this with your phone's specs and compare it to the US carriers bands.

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  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    There are lots of trees (why it does not appeal to me), but I've a couple of mates who did it - one used a hammock (see comment on trees).
  20. Micksjoiner

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  21. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    I like trees:)
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  22. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I like trees too, but not walking thru' a never ending tunnel of green .....
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  23. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

  24. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Anyway....the PCT in Oregon...tree hurdles...

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  25. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Perhaps something like this?

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