Thru-Hiking Culture

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Oct. 7)

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Oct. 7)

A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to feature the photo of you crossing the finish line! This

Oct 14, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Will Permits Ever be Required to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail? [AT FAQ]

Will Permits Ever be Required to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail? [AT FAQ]

The Trek recently introduced a new primitive commune with nature for those who hike it. Two major components of "The A.T. Experience" are the trail itself as well as the...

Oct 10, 2018 : Andrea Davis
“White Blazes – Stories from the Appalachian Trail:” Q&A with Director Godfrey Torrance

“White Blazes – Stories from the Appalachian Trail:” Q&A with Director Godfrey Torrance

Why a person would quit their job, leave their home, say goodbye to their family, and choose to spend half a year backpacking the length of a long trail is...

Oct 10, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Sep. 29)

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Sep. 29)

A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to feature the photo of you crossing the finish line! This

Oct 5, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Episode 18: Family Hiking with Shoe Expert Damien Tougas (aka “Toe Salad”)

Episode 18: Family Hiking with Shoe Expert Damien Tougas (aka “Toe Salad”)

Maybe you've wondered, "What's the deal with those 'five finger shoes'?" (And shouldn't they be "five toe shoes"?) Or perhaps you're curious about minimalist footwear. You're in luck hikers! This

Oct 3, 2018 : Gary Sizer
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week. This week features photos

Oct 1, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
L.L.Bean Employees Complete Relay Hike of Appalachian Trail

L.L.Bean Employees Complete Relay Hike of Appalachian Trail

Since April of this year, 86 L.L. Bean employees, splitting off into 43 teams, have collectively completed all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail, spanning all the way from Georgia...

Sep 30, 2018 : Andrea Davis
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Sep. 27)

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Sep. 27)

We’re in the thick of September AND summit season! A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to

Sep 27, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Post-Trail Life…. Hospital Edition

Post-Trail Life…. Hospital Edition

Three days after summiting Katahdin and completing my thru-hike, I found myself admitted to a hospital with profound anemia. This came as a surprise, as I felt that I had...

Sep 26, 2018 : Tide Walker
The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

I arrived at A.J. Matthews/The Trek. When I asked how his hike was going, Joker told me he’d injured his ankle and spent the last month working at the Stony...

Sep 21, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans