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Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

A how-to into not getting stuck with a crummy trail name by taking back the power to name yourself.

Oct 26, 2021 : Sara Leibold
Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Try not to act too surprised when I say this: hiking the Appalachian Trail is pretty hard. Over 4,000 people attempt to thru-hike the AT annually, but the Appalachian Trail...

Oct 25, 2021 : Kelly Floro
How I Found Food Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

How I Found Food Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

I rest on the edge of a cliff in northern Virginia, spread avocado onto a smushed slice of bread, and watch as a bird gracefully soars above the valley. I...

Oct 14, 2021 : Hannah Charlson
Why February Is the Best Month To Start the Appalachian Trail

Why February Is the Best Month To Start the Appalachian Trail

Everyone wants to hit Springer in March, but I'm here to tell you to consider starting the AT in February instead. Will it be colder? Will it be quieter? Probably,...

Oct 11, 2021 : Kelly Floro
My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Many people daydream about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, but few actually take action with their plans. Taking that leap from "I want to hike" to "I'm 100% committed to hiking"...

Oct 6, 2021 : Max Kiel
7 Things I Absolutely Hated About Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

7 Things I Absolutely Hated About Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

You either have a good time or a good story, as the saying goes.  Now that I've completed the Appalachian Trail, I love to look back and laugh at all...

Sep 10, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Vegan on the Appalachian Trail: Is It Feasible?

Vegan on the Appalachian Trail: Is It Feasible?

If there's one thing all thru-hikers take seriously, it's their food. Thru-hikers are known for their ferocious appetites, devouring virtually everything in sight. For good reason too—a typical

Sep 9, 2021 : Max Kiel
Meeting a Thru-Hiker at Katahdin? Here’s What You Should Know.

Meeting a Thru-Hiker at Katahdin? Here’s What You Should Know.

Many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers meet up with family and friends when they reach Baxter State Park. Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine, is a remarkable mountain and a popular destination...

Jul 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
7 Simple Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Thru-Hike

7 Simple Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Thru-Hike

The Appalachian Trail was my first thru-hike and my first substantial hike of any kind. I prepared myself for the undertaking as best I could—obsessive research, elaborate budget spreadsheets,

Jul 20, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Flip-Flopping From Katahdin? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Flip-Flopping From Katahdin? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Every year around this time, would-be NOBO AT thru-hikers flip north to Katahdin and start hiking southbound instead. Hikers choose to flip up to Katahdin for a variety of reasons....

Jul 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro