Mountain Crossings is well known as the first place most north bound Appalachian Trail thru hikers have a chance to stop and reflect on what they have learned so far. Most are three or four days into a six month journey and they are realizing that they are carrying far too much weight in the packs or have forgotten a few essential items. The employees at Mountain Crossings are ready and waiting to help every hiker they can. Many times this means the hiker gets a Shakedown, which is when a Mountain Crossings Employee, who are all former Appalachian Trail thru hikers, helps a hiker go though their pack to cut weight and help them in any way possible. We answer any and all questions a hiker may have and also suggest any gear a hiker may need, whether it be a lightweight tent
or simply a few bandaids.
Now that invaluable service is available online with the Virtual Shakedown before hikers even hit the Appalachian Trail!