A Peek in Our Packs: A First Aid Kit for Myself and My Dog

A Peek in Our Packs: A First Aid Kit for Myself and My Dog

As March 1st gets closer, my dog Flynn and I have been cracking down on the smaller details of our Appalachian Trail thru-hike. After several weeks of brainstorming, and seeking...

Feb 24, 2018 : Dayze Gaulin
The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm Before the Calm

136 Days I have a countdown app on my phone reminding me exactly how many days until I set out on my attempted thru-hike which I take a peek at...

Feb 24, 2018 : Anna Thiele
Looking Back At My Favorite Moments From My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Looking Back At My Favorite Moments From My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Last year I set out with the mission to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and thru-hike I did. But it wasn't enough. I probably would have been saving for a PCT...

Feb 24, 2018 : Joey Leen
Remembering The North

Remembering The North

August Jojo and I loved Maine.  The infamous black flies are gone by early August and we had no trouble with them whatsoever.  The 100 mile wilderness is speckled with...

Feb 24, 2018 : James Shepherd
Sticking with Exercise Was a Commitment to Myself

Sticking with Exercise Was a Commitment to Myself

It would be foolish to start any kind of long-distance hike without evaluating your physical ability level, and I was fairly certain that my physical ability level was low. I...

Feb 24, 2018 : Matt
I Hear a Beautiful Symphony in the Call of the Trail

I Hear a Beautiful Symphony in the Call of the Trail

The purest, most enchanting note emanates through the air. Its vibrations course down my body, pooling in the delicate space in the center of my clavicles. I chase the ethereal...

Feb 24, 2018 : Matador
Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Whether it's for a short day hike, or roughing it for a few days in the backcountry, there are certain essentials that most hikers won't leave home without. Water, food,...

Feb 23, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
As Thru-Hike Takes Shape, Five Reasons to Go Stand Out

As Thru-Hike Takes Shape, Five Reasons to Go Stand Out

In September 2016, about a year and half ago, I rode my bike over Rainy Pass on a bicycle tour with my friend Johanna. She was beyond stoked that the...

Feb 23, 2018 : Taylor Weixl
Embracing the Anxiety on Eve of My Thru-Hike

Embracing the Anxiety on Eve of My Thru-Hike

It's 1:15 a.m., and it's my last night in my apartment before I ship out to roll south. I currently reside in New York but in these coming months I...

Feb 23, 2018 : Darren Palmer
Appalachian Truth, Seen from Within

Appalachian Truth, Seen from Within

I grew up in Appalachia, and I can't remember a time when I didn't climb its mountains (both its paths and its briar-and-poison-soaked innards). We didn't call this hiking--it was...

Feb 23, 2018 : Jesi Owens