It's always been a dream to thru-hike the A.T. but life is looking like I will not be able to tackle that until retirement. The doesn't mean that I cannot do sections of it as a day/weekend/week here or there becomes available.
Are there any online tools or websites that will keep track of the overall progress that one has made on the trail?
Lets say I do a section of the trail from Harper's Ferry (I'm located in MD) to South Mountain State Park early in 2015. Then do a Maine section later that summer. And then lets say I do more day trips here and there depending on where I'm going to be for that weekend. If I'm looking to do another larger piece of the trail in early 2016, it'd be nice to have one central location available to keep everything in place and organized.
Besides doing it yourself manually (which isn't that hard), are there any available tools to make tracking pieces of the trail easier?
EDIT: I do not own a GPS (besides the one in my smartphone) and am not looking for immediate tracking of my hike.
I'm looking for an ability to track the different sections of a hike (I say where I started and ended for a specific hike on the AT) and keep them available in a simple way.
If you take a look at pickatrail, they list 212 sections of the trail at roughly ~10 mile pieces. If i wanted to start at a specific point on the trail, I'd probably start at one of these pieces but wouldn't be able to guarantee that I'd finish the whole piece in one day hike.
I'm looking to eventually finish the AT over numerous years.