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It’s my Grandpa’s fault. Why I’m being pulled to hike the AT

It’s my Grandpa’s fault. Why I’m being pulled to hike the AT

If you picture a slender man with white hair, sporting a bright orange external frame pack from Jansport, you might be talking about anybody who hiked thirty years ago. But...

Dec 12, 2018 : Sarah Thomsen
A Return to Writing

A Return to Writing

About 4 years ago, I made my debut on the Appalachian Trials blogger page, with fiery optimism and about 0 experience. I posted, irregularly at best, while I "prepared" to...

Dec 12, 2018 : Christine
Post-Hike Life Brings New Adventures

Post-Hike Life Brings New Adventures

After 139 days hiking through the woods I began my reintegration into society. First things first, I had to trim up the overgrown forest that had been growing on my...

Dec 12, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Confessions of an Armchair Backpacker

Confessions of an Armchair Backpacker

I cannot emphasize enough how inexperienced at backpacking I am.  I am an armchair backpacker, replete with theoretical backpacking expertise.  I have read the gear reviews, watched the

Dec 12, 2018 : Emily S.
A Contradictory Conclusion

A Contradictory Conclusion

In the three-ish months since I summited Katahdin, I have tried to find the words to talk about what my thru-hike has meant to me. And in this, I feel...

Dec 11, 2018 : Kate Mueller
“Will You Walk the Whole Way?” and Other Questions

“Will You Walk the Whole Way?” and Other Questions

In just under three months I will be taking off on an adventure of my lifetime: I'm going to try to walk from Georgia to Maine.  Almost everyone I've told...

Dec 11, 2018 : Emily S.
How I’m Going to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019

How I’m Going to Hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019

Next year at the end of March I'll start a 3500km (2,180 miles) hike on the Appalachian Trail. The trail follows the Appalachian Mountains and I'll be walking northbound from...

Dec 11, 2018 : Camilla Krag Jensen
Celebrating Hiker Thanksgiving in Hot Springs

Celebrating Hiker Thanksgiving in Hot Springs

It was back in August when I first met Miss Janet, a well-known trail angel. Four other SOBOs and I were at Crawford Notch when she pulled up in her...

Dec 10, 2018 : Emma Rosenfield
An Ending Worthy of an Epic Journey

An Ending Worthy of an Epic Journey

Friends and family, wine and cheese, single-digit temperatures, a soaking wet finish, and a raucous '80s dance party---it was an epic ending to our hike. Nothing a little wine and...

Dec 9, 2018 : Kreg Moccia
Soul-Searching as I Prepare to Thru-Hike

Soul-Searching as I Prepare to Thru-Hike

The Appalachian Trail (AT) has been on my bucket list for the past few years, but things never seemed to work out to pursue this bucket list item. I’d originally...

Dec 9, 2018 : Gerard Saint-Pierre