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    Default If you could only buy 1 guidebook . . . .

    . . . which one would it be?

    We have the 2010 Thru-Hiker's Companion as well as the 2010 Data Book.

    Heard wonderful things about the AT Guide (which as I understand is a comp of the Thru-Hiker's Handbook and the AT Guide?) and am tempted to buy that instead of a Companion for our NOBO thru this year.

    Then again there's also the Appalachian Pages to consider . . . .

    Decisions, decisions!

    What are you bringing and why? "HYOH" doesn't apply here Which book has the most pertinent info for a thru-hike?
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    The A.T. Guide --(IMHO) is the very best of the bunch in giving you all the information u will need.

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    I agree with Tawa-the new 2011 A.T. Guide has been incorporated with the Data book.It offeres the best and easy to read information.

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    I'd bring the AT Guide. It doesn't really matter though.

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    1998 thruhikers handbook

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    i liked the way wingfoot used to describe the things along the trail,and the shelter camping areas too.
    I like the added elevation profiles from AWOL
    town maps are nice.
    Last edited by CrumbSnatcher; 02-01-2011 at 22:14.

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    David "AWOL" Miller's "The A.T.Guide". Period.
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    Another AT Guide reference here. I used it for a thru in 2010. AWOL will also e-mail out updates periodically so you get new information/corrections as you're on the move.

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    Why would anyone choose to acquire old data except for historical purposes? Another helpful thread!

    Maybe it's expecting too much to think people might link the current guides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by max patch View Post

    Ditto! It was great...alot of feedback by the previous year hikers.

    Data Book is all you really need.

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    I'm bringing the 2011 AT Guide. I have the 2010 version and it was very helpful (and accurate) for my hikes in VA last year.

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    just posted the rough draft of my hiking books first chapter on the what kind of hiking book should i write thread. would like to know what yall think.
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    I like the elevation and style of the AT Guide. The Companion has more details about shelters and road crossings though. Haven't made up my mind yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle Feet View Post
    David "AWOL" Miller's "The A.T.Guide". Period.
    agreed. This is the best guide and I used a few before I came to that decision.
    Trail Name: Cerveza

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    Wow, thats 9 votes for the AT Guide, 1 undecided, and 0 for the Companion. The ALDHA folks have got to be scratching their heads after reading this thread.

    Oh, and given a choice between the two I'd hold my nose and get the AT Guide also. So that makes it 10-0 thus far. Really surprising.

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    Buy a guide book for the next long trail you plan on hiking. Odds are you already know too much about the AT anyway.

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    Number 11 for AT Guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by max patch View Post
    Wow, thats 9 votes for the AT Guide, 1 undecided, and 0 for the Companion. The ALDHA folks have got to be scratching their heads after reading this thread.
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    Not exactly scratching my head...

    I know many people like the AT Guide because of the elevations profiles, but as an experienced hiker I know they're mostly hype. I have the AT Guide and could get used to having to constantly change the book from reading the profile in a horizontal manner to reading the data in a vertical manner, and back again. The trail is going to climbs and descents, that's a fact, and a quick glance of the elevation table will tell you that.

    With 35 volunteer field editors and many more sending in updates I have to think the Companion is more accurate than any other guide. That and the fact the proceeds goes to the ATC leaves me at ease.

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    Default 2010 Thru hikers handbook or ???

    While were on the subject.. I have the 2010 Thru hikers Handbook by 501.
    It says it used to be Wingfoots guide.
    It seems like a solid data guide with elevation profiles and town data.
    I am kinda on the fence about whether to buy a 2011 version of a guidebook.
    Whats is the major selling point for between the 2010 thru-hikers handbook and the 2011 AT guide?
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