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North Country Trail Connects to AT, Makes Major Reroute in Minnesota

North Country Trail Connects to AT, Makes Major Reroute in Minnesota

Following the passage of long-pending legislation in Congress in 2020, the North Country Trail has recently made significant route changes in Minnesota and added 60 miles to connect it to...

Mar 25, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Emily Ford Completes Historic Winter Thru-Hike of Ice Age Trail

Emily Ford Completes Historic Winter Thru-Hike of Ice Age Trail

Emily Ford completed a winter thru-hike of the Ice Age Trail on March 6th, 2021 after 69 days on trail. She is the second person—and the first woman—to ever thru-hike the trail...

Mar 16, 2021 : Tina Mullen
ATC Rejects Mountain Valley Pipeline Opponents’ Request to See $19.5 Million Agreement

ATC Rejects Mountain Valley Pipeline Opponents’ Request to See $19.5 Million Agreement

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy this week denied a request to release the full text of its August 2020 "voluntary stewardship agreement" with Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, the company overseeing

Feb 24, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
As Trail Days Moves Forward, Hikers Wonder About Safety

As Trail Days Moves Forward, Hikers Wonder About Safety

The town of Damascus, Virginia is tentatively moving forward with plans to host its annual Trail Days festival this summer, despite the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) calls for thru-hikers to

Feb 17, 2021 : Tina Mullen
ATC Reveals Further Details of $19.5M Pipeline Agreement

ATC Reveals Further Details of $19.5M Pipeline Agreement

Facing criticism and questions on social media, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has provided more details about its August 2020 decision to sign a “voluntary conservation stewardship agreement”

Feb 16, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Brood X Cicadas to Emerge on Appalachian Trail After 17 Years

Brood X Cicadas to Emerge on Appalachian Trail After 17 Years

This May, billions of periodical cicadas will emerge from the soil in the eastern United States after 17 years underground, including in Appalachian Trail states from Georgia to New Jersey....

Feb 15, 2021 : Tina Mullen
Scout and Frodo will not host PCT hikers in San Diego in 2021

Scout and Frodo will not host PCT hikers in San Diego in 2021

Barney and Sandy Mann, aka Scout and Frodo, have decided not to host Pacific Crest Trail hikers for the 2021 season, due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Feb 3, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Who Was “Mostly Harmless”? Identity of Deceased Hiker Uncovered

Who Was “Mostly Harmless”? Identity of Deceased Hiker Uncovered

After years of investigation by authorities and amateur online sleuths, the identity of the deceased Appalachian Trail hiker known by the trail name "Mostly Harmless" has been uncovered. According to

Jan 28, 2021 : Tina Mullen
ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) indicated in a post on January 21st that they will not issue hangtags or recognize thru-hikes while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging. "We do...

Jan 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Future of Public Lands Under a Biden Administration

The Future of Public Lands Under a Biden Administration

Public and sacred lands in the United States have seen historic assaults under the Trump administration. From the shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to make way

Jan 19, 2021 : Tina Mullen