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Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

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 21, 2017 : Ben Barrett
My Summer not Thru Hiking the Long Trail

My Summer not Thru Hiking the Long Trail

  Reflections...   “This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all...

Aug 18, 2017 : Socked In
Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The beautiful state of Georgia is often celebrated on the trail as the first state for northbound thru hikers, and the finish line for southbounders. Full of rugged and steep...

Aug 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Did Dan “Knotts” Binde Set the Self-Supported FKT on the AT?

Did Dan “Knotts” Binde Set the Self-Supported FKT on the AT?

May 26th 2017- July 19th 2017 (53:22:57) On July 19th, Dan “Knotts” Binde allegedly set a new self-supported speed record on the Appalachian Trail shortly after taking a nap two...

Aug 8, 2017 : Mary Beth Skylis
5 More Trails That Belong on Your Bucket List

5 More Trails That Belong on Your Bucket List

Getting to know different trails around the country (and on occasion, across the globe) is one of our favorite parts of having writers from every corner of the backpacking community. It's...

Aug 8, 2017 : The Editors
Trail Profile: The Beaten Path, 26 Miles of Montana Wilderness

Trail Profile: The Beaten Path, 26 Miles of Montana Wilderness

At-a-Glance Distance: 26 miles Location: Traverses from Cooke City to East Rosebud Lake through the Absaroka Wilderness Type: End-to-end Trailheads: Clarks Fork (near Cooke City, MT) and East

Jul 31, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
576 Summits: Gridding New Hampshire’s 4,000-Footers

576 Summits: Gridding New Hampshire’s 4,000-Footers

New Hampshire's White Mountains are home some of the most challenging and beautiful trails in the country. The trails are often little more than eroded rockslides, navigated by boulder hopping and

Jul 31, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

With only 17.5 miles of the AT in West Virginia and 40 miles in Maryland, these two states are known for being the smallest on the trail. Their small size...

Jul 26, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
6 Ways a Thru-Hike Is a Hero’s Journey

6 Ways a Thru-Hike Is a Hero’s Journey

Maybe you don’t feel heroic out there, but make no mistake, a thru-hike is as epic an undertaking as any ancient tale. Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, argued that across cultures...

Jul 26, 2017 : Notebook
And Then There Were Two…

And Then There Were Two…

Along my thru-hike on the Colorado Trail last year, I was bored out of my wit. Around every couple miles or so, I would find myself talking to trees and...

Jul 26, 2017 : Hashtag