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Southbounder

When thru-hiking a north-south oriented trail, such as the Appalachian Trail (AT), the term southbounders refers to hikers traveling south. Whether you are hiking southbound or northbound will determine the character of your hiking experience. Hikers who wish to travel an entire trail in one season will enjoy more comfortable weather; it is preferable to start in Maine in June as opposed to arriving there in November. The experience you have hiking will be determined by the time of year you arrive in a particular section and trail characteristics along the trail.

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