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Backpacker Radio #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Backpacker Radio #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Starting a thru-hike without any prior backpacking experience, although not entirely rare, is a brave endeavor.  To string three consecutive thru-hikes back-to-back-to-back is a whole other

Dec 5, 2018 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

This is it. The end. Our final episode of the season. A thru-hike is---typically speaking---a half-year adventure. In the midst of this journey, that feels like a very long time....

Dec 3, 2018 : Zach
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

Nov 29, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
How to Section Hike Virginia IV: Waynesboro to Front Royal (Shenandoah National Park)

How to Section Hike Virginia IV: Waynesboro to Front Royal (Shenandoah National Park)

Distance: 108 miles Terrain type: A mixture of woodland trails and ridges, with a relatively consistent elevation profile Difficulty: Easy to moderate Best seasons: Spring or fall Start: US 522

Nov 29, 2018 : Ken Nail
The Top Tents, Hammocks, and Tarps on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Tents, Hammocks, and Tarps on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year, The Trek surveys long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use, such as tents and hammocks. In this post we cover the types...

Nov 28, 2018 : Mariposa
Now Accepting 2019 The Trek Trail Correspondents Applications

Now Accepting 2019 The Trek Trail Correspondents Applications

It's happening.  We're is thrilled to announce that we're bringing back a second season of the Trail Correspondents series. In case you're unfamiliar, our Trail Correspondents podcast showcases

Nov 27, 2018 : Zach
Lone Wolves to Trail Families: Who’s Who in the Thru-Hiking Social Dynamic

Lone Wolves to Trail Families: Who’s Who in the Thru-Hiking Social Dynamic

A large and integral part of a thru-hike is the social aspect.  As with most human endeavors, there's a broad spectrum of interest—some people are in this for the scenery,...

Nov 25, 2018 : Smokebeard
Backpacker Radio #23: Heather “Anish” Anderson on Her Calendar Triple

Backpacker Radio #23: Heather “Anish” Anderson on Her Calendar Triple

"Expectation is where failure lies." - Heather "Anish" Anderson Today's guest is very fitting for our 23rd episode, since she is arguably the Michael Jordan of backpacking.  In a world...

Nov 20, 2018 : Zach
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about....

Nov 20, 2018 : Mariposa
The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

Well, I did it. I started April 22 and finished Aug. 31. In 132 days (four months and nine days), I took every step between Springer Mountain in Georgia and...

Nov 18, 2018 : Carl Stanfield