Thru-Hiking Culture

The Iceland Traverse: North to South

The Iceland Traverse: North to South

Iceland is aptly known as the “land of ice and fire.” The island country is home to glaciers, volcanos, waterfalls, lava fields, hot springs, and black sand beaches. Its incredibly...

Oct 23, 2020 : Lindsey Gordon
5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

Nowadays, traveling alone as a girl seems to be frowned upon. It’s seen as dangerous and unsafe. We’re told not to go out alone, especially in the wilderness. But why...

Oct 18, 2020 : Kaylin
Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. Between 1948 and 1951, just three men walked...

Oct 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Native American History on the Appalachian Trail: 9 Iconic Places

Native American History on the Appalachian Trail: 9 Iconic Places

Agiocochook, home of the Great Spirit, towered above every other peak in the Wombanednok Mountains. According to the tradition of the local Abenaki people, the mountaintops were dwellings for the

Oct 12, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Everyone’s Got Baggage: Why We Don’t Weigh Sentimental Items

Everyone’s Got Baggage: Why We Don’t Weigh Sentimental Items

Despite a desire to keep base weight down, most hikers carry something "non-essential".

Oct 9, 2020 : Saoirse Ibarguen
How Climate Change Affects Long-Distance Hiking

How Climate Change Affects Long-Distance Hiking

In the past decade, outdoor enthusiasts have increasingly felt the impact of environmental degradation on our beloved wild places. Climate change is a growing concern, but it can be challenging...

Oct 7, 2020 : Kenna Sarae
A Conversation with Rue McKenrick on White Privilege

A Conversation with Rue McKenrick on White Privilege

Rue McKenrick is unlike any distance backpacker I’ve ever met. As the creator of the American Perimeter Trail (APT), he’s been forging his way around the perimeter of the U.S....

Oct 7, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
The Beer Drinker’s Guide: Best Breweries on the Colorado Trail

The Beer Drinker’s Guide: Best Breweries on the Colorado Trail

Are you a Colorado Trail hiker? Do you love beer? If so, you've come to the right place. The Colorado Trail is a beer lover's dream hike. Not only do...

Oct 6, 2020 : Kelly Floro
20 Stunning Fall Foliage Hiking Photos to Brighten up Your Day

20 Stunning Fall Foliage Hiking Photos to Brighten up Your Day

It's officially fall! That means pies and pumpkin patches and, of course, the beautiful changing colors of the trees. Fall foliage makes for some incredible landscapes. Here are 20 gorgeous...

Oct 5, 2020 : Tara Ritchey
Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Hiking has a powerful way of shattering our guards and inviting our most authentic selves into the world. The trail breaks down barriers in a way that makes it possible...

Sep 28, 2020 : Katie Kommer