Thru-Hiking Culture

Appalachian Fail: What I Learned from My Failed Thru-Hike

Appalachian Fail: What I Learned from My Failed Thru-Hike

The following is a guest post courtesy of John Desilets. If you have a story to contribute, submit it The world is full of people with stories that would blow your...

Jan 11, 2018 : Guest Post
Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

As a ridgerunner you answer the same questions over and over — it’s part of the job. I recall the questions I received during my 2016 summer as a ridgerunner,...

Jan 8, 2018 : Tide Walker
Favorite Appalachian Trail Lean-To’s, Shelters, and Tent Spots

Favorite Appalachian Trail Lean-To’s, Shelters, and Tent Spots

How many ways can a three sided, ~10 person shelter/lean-to be built? About 100 if you ask me. It took me 5.5 months in hike the AT and I think...

Jan 7, 2018 : Samantha
Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail: 2017 Hiker’s Choice

Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail: 2017 Hiker’s Choice

Appalachian Trail hiker hostels not only provide showers and beds for weary hikers, they're the source of some of the best AT memories and are a crucial part of the...

Dec 31, 2017 : The Editors
Stories from the Trail: A New Podcast from TheTrek.co Family

Stories from the Trail: A New Podcast from TheTrek.co Family

Merry Christmas Hikers! Pox & Puss is no longer an only child! The world famous Appalachian Trail podcast now has a little brother and sister, as TheTrek.co expands our hiking...

Dec 25, 2017 : Gary Sizer
Wisdom From the (Recent) Past: Interviewing 2017 Thru-Hikers

Wisdom From the (Recent) Past: Interviewing 2017 Thru-Hikers

Hi, Friends! As I'm impatiently waiting for my start day to roll around, I contacted a few of my favorite past thru-hikers. All five of these hikers are inspiring and...

Dec 18, 2017 : Lexi Candela
This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Each week, we peruse all of the wonderful pictures from Instagram using the hashtag #TrektheAT and #AppalachianTrail and select a few of the best to highlight for your viewing pleasure! This week

Dec 15, 2017 : Elizabeth Kennedy
This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Ladies, gentlemen, and hiker trash- it has returned.  We are pleased to reintroduce one of our all time favorite series- the top Instagram posts from the Appalachian Trail. Each week,...

Nov 29, 2017 : Elizabeth Kennedy
The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

Each fall, The Trek conducts an in-depth survey of long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT), this time surveying the class of 2017. We have several posts to come on...

Nov 29, 2017 : Mariposa
The Blackalachian: First Gold-Mouth Rapper to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

The Blackalachian: First Gold-Mouth Rapper to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

In April of 2017, Daniel White of Charlotte NC, Aka the rapper known as Logo, was dropped off at Amicalola Falls State Park to embark on a two-month section hike that would...

Nov 27, 2017 : Bloodhound