Inspiration

Why They Walked: Portraits of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

I started photographing Appalachian Trail thru-hikers in my home state of Maine eleven years ago. As a professional photographer with a degree in photojournalism, I was curious to learn the...

Nov 8, 2017 : Chris Bennett
The Family That Successfully Thru-Hiked the AT With Their Baby

The Family That Successfully Thru-Hiked the AT With Their Baby

In case you missed it, the Quirin trio completed their AT thru-hike on September 30th—195 days after their start date of March 20th. This means Bekah and Derrick successfully hiked...

Oct 15, 2017 : The Editors
Congratulations to these PCT and AT Thru-Hikers!

Congratulations to these PCT and AT Thru-Hikers!

Congratulations! You made it! Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers are crossing the finish line, and we cannot wait to hear your stories! Whether you are a NOBO, SOBO,...

Oct 9, 2017 : Ben Barrett
Congratulations to these Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! [One pic is NSFW]

Congratulations to these Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! [One pic is NSFW]

Congratulations! You made it! Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers are crossing the finish line, and we cannot wait to hear your stories! Whether you are a NOBO, SOBO,...

Oct 2, 2017 : Ben Barrett
This Week’s Glorious Before-and-After Photos [One pic is NSFW]

This Week’s Glorious Before-and-After Photos [One pic is NSFW]

From fresh gear and nervous excitement at one end, to the dirt-streaked finisher 2,000 miles later, here are this week's thru-hike before-and-after photos. Have one to add? Send it to

Sep 29, 2017 : The Editors
Congratulations to these Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/18/17)

Congratulations to these Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/18/17)

It's that time of year again! Congratulations! Thru-hikers from all over are crossing the finish line. Whether you are a NOBO summiting Katahdin, a SOBO on your way to Springer,...

Sep 18, 2017 : Ben Barrett
Congratulations to these Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/11/17)

Congratulations to these Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/11/17)

It's that time of year again! Congratulations! Thru-hikers from all over are crossing the finish line. Whether you are a NOBO summiting Katahdin, a SOBO on your way to Springer,...

Sep 11, 2017 : Ben Barrett
Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/4/17)

Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/4/17)

It's that time of year again! Congratulations! Thru-hikers from all over are crossing the finish line. Whether you are a NOBO summiting Katahdin, a SOBO on your way to Springer,...

Sep 4, 2017 : Ben Barrett
Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 8/28/17)

Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 8/28/17)

It's that time of year again! Congratulations! Thru-hikers from all over are crossing the finish line. Whether you are a NOBO summiting Katahdin, a SOBO on your way to Springer,...

Aug 28, 2017 : Ben Barrett
The Man Behind the Claimed AT FKT: Dan “Knotts” Binde

The Man Behind the Claimed AT FKT: Dan “Knotts” Binde

Dan "Knotts" Binde claims to have set the self-supported AT speed record on July 19th. After his SPOT device broke on him, he struggled to confirm the record. FKT judges...

Aug 25, 2017 : Mary Beth Skylis