Inspiration

Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio I

Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio I

Our recent call for thru- hike-inspired tattoos garnered an overwhelming response. So many that we'll be publishing two posts on AT tattoos and one for PCT tattoos, along with other...

Apr 18, 2019 : Tide Walker
The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

The Story Behind the Hiker Yearbook

In 2013, Matthew "Odie" Norman thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail; a profound event that ignited a lifelong passion to reconnect hikers after the trail. This passion led to the creation of...

Apr 8, 2019 : Bloodhound
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

We're back for a second dose of wisdom from the AT Class of 2018! As some Christopher “Sticks” Keys | March 25th - September 30th NOBO "If you are out...

Apr 1, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Connecticut: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Connecticut: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Connecticut's section of the Appalachian Trail may be short, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in diversity. In its 52 miles, the trail traverses everything from...

Mar 14, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Stringbean on “Stringbean”: An Interview with the Appalachian Trail FKT Record Holder

Stringbean on “Stringbean”: An Interview with the Appalachian Trail FKT Record Holder

It was mind-boggling. How could an unsupported ultrarunner, carrying a pack and sleeping in a tent, not just break the unsupported record on the Appalachian Trail by eight days, but...

Mar 13, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

There is no question that thru-hiking communities tend to be pretty homogeneous. Here are some stats from the PCT Class of 2018 (and a Halfway Anywhere 2018 PCT Hiker Survey....

Mar 11, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Why They Walked: Portraits of 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

It's been 11 years since I started collecting stories and portraits of northbound thru-hikers as they trek through their final state, Maine. Every year I am astounded by the hikers...

Dec 21, 2018 : Chris Bennett
Trail Angel Spotlight: Fresh Ground and his Leapfrog Cafe

Trail Angel Spotlight: Fresh Ground and his Leapfrog Cafe

The first time I met Fresh Ground, it was where the Appalachian Trail emerged from the forest at NOBO mile 240. In a small clearing beside River Road on a...

Dec 13, 2018 : Bloodhound
185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

Each year, we invite Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to send us their finish photos, whether they’re lifting their pack over their head atop Katahdin, touching the sign at Springer, or giving...

Dec 12, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
How the Eight-Member Crawford Family Completed the Appalachian Trail

How the Eight-Member Crawford Family Completed the Appalachian Trail

At 10 a.m. on Aug. 9, the Crawford family finished what they started: hiking from Springer Mountain, GA, to Mount Katahdin, ME. Check out the early part of their hike...

Nov 15, 2018 : Bloodhound