With the popularity of the Triple Crown increasing, the amount of information on the internet regarding the three long distance trails is staggering.
Some of it is good; some of it not so much.
That being the case, how does one separate the wheat from the chaff?
A great place to start are the Quick & Dirty Guides by Paul “Mags” Magnanti.
In the equivalent of a few cyber pages, veteran long distance hiker Magnanti (AT 1998; PCT 2002; CDT 2006) provides links to all of the essential information you’ll require for your thru hike preparations. Maps, logistics and trail guides are all covered.
In addition, he gives hyperbole-free summaries of the challenges faced by prospective hikers, as well as extensive lists of Triple Crown related books, websites and films.
When not writing about all things backcountry, Magnanti co-hosts a popular hiking podcast (The Trail Show), in addition to working weekends as a baton twirler for Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas.