Thru-Hiking Culture

Exploring the History of the Pacific Crest Trail

Exploring the History of the Pacific Crest Trail

Every year the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) receives thousands of hikers, adventurers, and nature seekers from all over the world. Along its 2,650-mile length stretching from Canada to Mexico, the...

Feb 18, 2019 : Kenny Howell
An Overview of Austin’s Violet Crown Trail and Other Urban-Accessed Trails

An Overview of Austin’s Violet Crown Trail and Other Urban-Accessed Trails

The following is a guest post by Alex Murphy Imagine walking out of your downtown apartment, stepping onto a trail, and ending up miles outside the city. While trails such...

Feb 15, 2019 : Guest Post
Myron Avery: The Bully Who Built a Trail

Myron Avery: The Bully Who Built a Trail

Most of you probably know that the great green corridor running from Georgia to Maine was the brainchild of Benton MacKaye. You probably also know that same corridor, the Appalachian...

Feb 6, 2019 : Geoff Hutton
Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Virginia Blues

Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Virginia Blues

2019 thru-hiker hopefuls, strap in. You’re headed for a wild, beautiful, life-altering, incredibly meaningful, and downright magical ride. I remember the beginning of the trail vividly. You’re

Feb 1, 2019 : Audrey Payne
8 Reasons to Section Hike a Long Trail

8 Reasons to Section Hike a Long Trail

Being able to thru-hike a National Scenic Trail is a dream come true for many. Thru-hikers will spend up to six months hiking a long trail like the PCT, CDT,...

Jan 31, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
To The Treeline: The Crawford Family’s Documentary

To The Treeline: The Crawford Family’s Documentary

If you've been living under a rock somewhere, maybe you missed hearing about the Crawfords, the family of eight that successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Or maybe you...

Jan 28, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Stories From The Trail Two-fer: Blackalachian and Physical Training

Stories From The Trail Two-fer: Blackalachian and Physical Training

Blackalachian on The Underground Railroad Trail Most notable for calling attention to the Discord for one of our Join our community AND support the show! Blackalachian on Instagram Reptar

Jan 23, 2019 : Gary Sizer
A Brief History of the Appalachian Trail

A Brief History of the Appalachian Trail

The history of the Appalachian Trail is as complex as its construction. The idea for the footpath was birthed by Benton MacKaye. In 1921 MacKaye made his ambitious vision public...

Jan 17, 2019 : The Editors
What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

Even though the people you meet on the trail represent a wide range of ages, thru-hiking after 50 puts you in the minority. In fact, the annual Appalachian Trail Pappy...

Jan 11, 2019 : Joellyn Sargent
What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

Class is in session! To help prep for your long-distance hike, we begin by addressing common new-hiker fears - what are you afraid of? To answer that, we present the first...

Jan 8, 2019 : Gary Sizer