Thru-Hiking Culture

Preparing for a Thru-Hike: Plan, or Plan to Adapt?

Preparing for a Thru-Hike: Plan, or Plan to Adapt?

The biggest difference between our preparation for the Appalachian Trail vs. the Pacific Crest Trail is the amount of planning. Before the A.T. I had planned out our daily mileage...

Dec 11, 2017 : April and Jake
10 Things People Say to You as a Solo Woman Thru-Hiker

10 Things People Say to You as a Solo Woman Thru-Hiker

It is a well-known fact that there are more men than women in the outdoors, so it's no surprise that more men attempt thru-hikes than women, sometimes making a two-foot-wide...

Dec 7, 2017 : Linnea Delucchi
All In A Day’s (Trail) Work: A Day In the Life of a Trail Worker

All In A Day’s (Trail) Work: A Day In the Life of a Trail Worker

Some days are easier than others as a trail worker. Like thru-hiking, there will be good days and bad days. But somewhere in the middle are days of sweaty, dusty,...

Dec 7, 2017 : Silent Bob
How I Learned to Adjust to Post-Trail Life

How I Learned to Adjust to Post-Trail Life

A deep breath of the crisp fresh air filled my lungs, and I opened my eyes. It was still dark out, and there were snow patches surrounding me. My feet...

Dec 3, 2017 : Alexandria Cremer
This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Ladies, gentlemen, and hiker trash- it has returned.  We are pleased to reintroduce one of our all time favorite series- the top Instagram posts from the Appalachian Trail. Each week,...

Nov 29, 2017 : Elizabeth Kennedy
The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

Each fall, The Trek conducts an in-depth survey of long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT), this time surveying the class of 2017. We have several posts to come on...

Nov 29, 2017 : Mariposa
The Blackalachian: First Gold-Mouth Rapper to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

The Blackalachian: First Gold-Mouth Rapper to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

In April of 2017, Daniel White of Charlotte NC, Aka the rapper known as Logo, was dropped off at Amicalola Falls State Park to embark on a two-month section hike that would...

Nov 27, 2017 : Bloodhound
Night Crawler: Searching For A Trail Epiphany

Night Crawler: Searching For A Trail Epiphany

Thru-hiker Dann Hailey, trail name Night Crawler, first gained fame when popular vlogger Early Riser introduced him to the internet. “This guy ain’t gonna be for everybody,” said Early Riser...

Nov 26, 2017 : Ruth Nasrullah
This Week’s Top Photos from the #PacificCrestTrail

This Week’s Top Photos from the #PacificCrestTrail

Ladies, gentlemen, and hiker trash- it has returned.  We are pleased to reintroduce one of our all time favorite series- the top Instagram posts from the Pacific Crest Trail. Each...

Nov 21, 2017 : Elizabeth Kennedy
This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Ladies, gentlemen, and hiker trash- it has returned.  We are pleased to reintroduce one of our all time favorite series- the top Instagram posts from the Appalachian Trail. Each week,...

Nov 15, 2017 : Elizabeth Kennedy