Thru-Hiking Culture

The Thru-Hike Was Hard, But not Hiking Is Harder

The Thru-Hike Was Hard, But not Hiking Is Harder

The following is a guest post by Carolyn Walker I finished my NOBO thru-hike a week ago today. It took 5½ months, which is very average, according to a chart...

Aug 15, 2018 : Guest Post
We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

When asked about their first overnight trip, your average outdoor enthusiast may describe a perfect weekend spent ogling dramatic landscapes and sleeping under starry skies. But what they may be

Aug 15, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Aug. 6)

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Aug. 6)

It's officially August and summit season is underway. A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to

Aug 13, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
How to Survive Your Partner Thru-Hiking While Supporting Them From Home

How to Survive Your Partner Thru-Hiking While Supporting Them From Home

The following is a guest post by Gillian Kelly When my husband decided to quit his job and thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, I was a jumble of mixed feelings. Fully...

Aug 13, 2018 : Guest Post
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

It’s that time again! Welcome to our weekly roundup where we carefully select and showcase the most impressive, hilarious, and all-around epic photos taken on the Pacific Crest Trail. Use the

Aug 12, 2018 : Andrea Davis
Stories From The Trail Ep. 15 – Still Got Most Of It Left with Odie

Stories From The Trail Ep. 15 – Still Got Most Of It Left with Odie

Matthew "Odie" Norman is best known on the AT as the bus-dwelling, shaggy-faced creator of the Join our community AND support the show! Grandma Gatewood iTunes Spotify Youtube Join

Aug 10, 2018 : Gary Sizer
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 featured photos

Aug 6, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Epic Floods, Food, and Towns Through Pennsylvania

Epic Floods, Food, and Towns Through Pennsylvania

Rocksylvania, you're more like Rainsylvania. Pennsylvania had been looming in the future of this historic trail, having a reputation for being the most challenging state for many reasons. As

Aug 6, 2018 : Christopher Keys
Hiking with History on the Appalachian Trail: Civil War Corridor, Part 1

Hiking with History on the Appalachian Trail: Civil War Corridor, Part 1

“Any understanding of this nation has to be based, and I mean really based, on an understanding of the Civil War...  It was the crossroads of our being, and it...

Aug 3, 2018 : Hiker Historian (Trailname: “Double H”)
The Challenges and Benefits of Seeking Solitude on the Social Trail

The Challenges and Benefits of Seeking Solitude on the Social Trail

This friendship is a little different. You've hiked more miles together than days you've known each other, pushed through torrential downpours and blistering heat waves, chaffed and stumbled and

Jul 28, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong