Thanks to an awesome website called The Clymb, I got a killer deal on an awesome multipurpose watch. I bought a Highgear Altiforce; it has an altimeter, barometer, and compass, on top of all of the typical watch type stuff like alarm clock and whatnot.
I keep watching it while I walk up the stairs at my house and at work to watch the altitude change. Looking forward to trying it on a real mountain. I'm a huge nerd.
The barometer will be handy in helping to tell what the weather is going to do, and the compass will be the only one that I'm bringing.
Physical preparations - I know that I haven't talked much about this other than my shakedown, so.... - I've taken up running to get ready for the tough mudder that I'm running next month. It's basically a 10 mile military style obstacle course race to raise money for the wounded warrior project. It's not the running that I'm concerned about in that race, it's everything else. Those types of obstacles really can wear you out. I ran the warrior dash last year and it was a good time, but too short at only 5k.
I've also been playing hockey for over a year now, so I think my legs are in decent shape. I'm sure the AT will have something else to say about that.
Budget - I'm PLANNING on spending around $2,500 on the trail, however I'm saving a little over $6500 to cover everything that I need to take care of before I leave, and to allow extra money when I'm gone.