• founded program in 2004
  • coached over 1,400 completed thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail
  • Bob has thru-hiked most of the nations long distance trails (including the Appalachian Trail - and section hiked it MANY more times).
  • long term Appalachian Trail advocate & educator
  • long term experience as a professional guide & parks ranger

Coach Bob Gabrielsen Knows his stuff !


"... I wasn't thrilled at first when I realized that the course was mostly full of northbounders - but it really made no difference ! Just by chance a friend told me about the program ... I am glad I didn't miss it ! The school is like a little college campus - teaching "walking the Appalachian Trail" 101 / 201 / 301 ! It reframed my thinking on how to get physically ready for a two thousand mile hike - and I'm glad it did ! ..."



"...The trail healed me at a bad point in my life  - but there's no way I could have done it without Bob's help. He really made me understand the importance of a gear system involved with Appalachian Trail hiking - that was right for ME. Helping folks on the trail is this guy's mission in life ! Thanks man....."

".....my hikes are SO much richer for having done this course. He lays out some history, naturalism, and a few "can't miss em" side trails to try - I felt like one of his disciples passing this info along to other hikers .....This course is like the bible of "How to Hike the Appalachian Trail" :)

".... Loved this course ! You can't get this info elsewhere ! Packs-Alot's love of the trail is contagious !  I'm not bull%^*##@*^ ! If you want to hike the Appalachian Trail - save time and $ and start here !

sHELLEY a. - at school graduate

completed southbound

thru-hike 2011

Jim H. - AT SCHOOL GRADUATE

AT "dAY HIKER"

Sam H. - AT SCHOOL GRADUATE

COMPLETED 5 YEAR AT SECTION HIKE 2010


Alex B. - at sCHOOL gRADUATE

cOMPLETED nORTHBOUND "THRU-HIKE" 2004

              13th annual Appalachian trail coaching program