When we hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, we decided to go Southbound (SOBO) for a couple reasons. First, due to our schedule and the fact we wouldn’t be able to start until June, it made sense. Second, since Northbound (NOBO) is the traditional and more popular way to go, there is a strain on resources as well as much more competition for things like campsites, shelters, and bunks at hostels.
Here is a compilation of some resources we have found helpful in our planning:
Pacific Crest Trail Southbound Resources:
- PCTA Southbound Thru-hike guide
- PCT Southbound Overview
- Just2Hikers – PCT SOBO scoop
- Francis Tapon – Why go south on the PCT?
- PCT water report
- SNOTEL – Snow Telemetry
- PCT 2019 Facebook Group
Appalachian Trail Southbound Resources:
- ATC Southbound – Maine to Georgia
- ATC – Logistics for starting a Southbound Thru-hike (PDF)
- Whiteblaze.net – Southbound Thru-hikers MEGA
- The Trek – Why go Southbound?
- Sprinkles Hikes – So you wanna be a SOBO?
- Go East EMS – Top 5 reasons to hike the AT SOBO
Continental Divide Trail Southbound Resources:
- CDTC – Thru-hiking
- CDTC – FAQs
- Whiteblaze.net – CDT SOBO thread
- Francis Tapon – 7 CDT Myths
- Feathered Friends – Summer on the Divide
- Halfway Anywhere – CDT 2017 Survey
*Here, we must note that our CDT SOBO plans were interrupted by Covid-19 and we had to adjust from SOBO thru-hiking the entire trail in 2020 to hiking half and half over two years. For the first half (WY, ID, and MT), we are currently self-supporting with two cars moving along the trail in a northerly direction, but hiking each section SOBO.