Thru-Hiking Culture

How Outdoor Organizations Have Responded to COVID-19

How Outdoor Organizations Have Responded to COVID-19

Shelter-in-place orders asked thru-hikers, weekend backpackers, and day hikers to leave their beloved spaces. However, as restrictions are being lifted, many outdoor spaces are opening back up. As

May 21, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking partner decided to camp at Pen Mar Park....

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The 2020 Thru-Hikers Who Stayed Home and are Helping Their Communities

The 2020 Thru-Hikers Who Stayed Home and are Helping Their Communities

At this point it's old news: the 2020 thru-hiking season isn't happening. I've seen prospective 2020 thru-hikers referred to as NOGO hikers (instead of NOBO or SOBO hikers... get it?),...

Apr 23, 2020 : The Editors
The 2020 Hiking Season Through the Eyes of a Trail Angel

The 2020 Hiking Season Through the Eyes of a Trail Angel

Trail closures aren’t anything new in the hiking community. Obstacles like high levels of snow or fallen trees struck down by storms regularly take hikers off trail. However, ‘in the...

Apr 13, 2020 : Page Gardner
Guthook’s New Social Feature: An Overview and Early Analysis

Guthook’s New Social Feature: An Overview and Early Analysis

Though it’s still unclear how long it will be before we can actually use it, Guthook’s new social feature will undoubtedly be a prominent feature of trail life once it...

Apr 11, 2020 : Sarah Mowery
Trevor’s Eternal Trail

Trevor’s Eternal Trail

This is a guest post courtesy of Doug Laher. Doug's son, Trevor, passed away on March 27, 2020, during his PCT thru-hike. Writer's Note: Trevor slipped on a patch of...

Apr 1, 2020 : Guest Post
Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

If you're running a small business along the trail, this is for you!

Mar 28, 2020 : Sydney Brehm
Thru-Hiking in a Pandemic: Opinion from a CDT Trail Town

Thru-Hiking in a Pandemic: Opinion from a CDT Trail Town

Depending where you enter the CDT, the Grand County section is around 100 miles. There are three accessible trail towns in this county. One is Winter Park, one is Fraser,...

Mar 27, 2020 : Alicia Pacalo
Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

I don't remember when I met Randy Fuller, aka Survivor, but I know when I said goodbye. Last July, both of us were midway through our northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike...

Mar 18, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

In the grand scheme of people, events, and industries impacted by the coronavirus, a thru-hike falls somewhere in the middle. It's a huge commitment and has a major impact on...

Mar 16, 2020 : Maggie Slepian