Thru-Hiking Culture

My Trip Report From Setting the White Mountains Direttissima Record

My Trip Report From Setting the White Mountains Direttissima Record

**Disclaimer about the categorization as unsupported** I took water from the AMC huts and used their composting toilets. I deferred to the judgment of the folks who run Fastest Known...

Jul 31, 2020 : Will Peterson
[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

Returning to Katahdin: A Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Author: Bruce “RTK” Matson Publisher: Campbell & Parker, 221 pp. with black-and-white photos MSRP: $9.99 Where to buy: Available

Jul 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Excerpt: A Good Place for Maniacs – Dispatches from the Pacific Crest Trail

Excerpt: A Good Place for Maniacs – Dispatches from the Pacific Crest Trail

The following is an excerpt of A Good Place for Maniacs: Dispatches from the Pacific Crest Trail, by Chuck "Stoic" McKeever, who completed the PCT in 2016.  After another brief struggle with

Jul 24, 2020 : Chuck McKeever
The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

Most Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers begin their journey in the desert — the first steps on the trail that they’ll be walking on for the next five months. The desert...

Jul 23, 2020 : Alexandria Cremer
The Thru-Hiker’s Spice Kit: A Simple Guide for Improving Meals on the Trail

The Thru-Hiker’s Spice Kit: A Simple Guide for Improving Meals on the Trail

Let’s face it: thru-hiker food generally sucks. Food that is cheap, portable, lightweight, and durable enough to last through trail conditions is typically chock-full of preservatives (namely

Jul 20, 2020 : Jordan Bowman
10 Highs and 5 Lows from My 2018 Arizona Trail Thru-Hike

10 Highs and 5 Lows from My 2018 Arizona Trail Thru-Hike

If the AZT is not in your backyard and yet you’re still interested in exploring it’s ruddy canyons, high plateaus, and sun washed deserts, consider reading about my 2018 experiences...

Jul 17, 2020 : Jean Taggart
This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

The following is a guest post courtesy of Marie Draws. Marie is a PCT thru-hiker and artist who is using her skills to tell the stories of backpackers from diverse...

Jul 4, 2020 : Guest Post
I’m a BIPOC Hiker Taking on the Triple Crown

I’m a BIPOC Hiker Taking on the Triple Crown

My name is Gina Knox. I travel throughout the US to hike and photograph new spaces as a part of my commitment to physical and mental well-being and a life...

Jul 1, 2020 : Guest Post
Discomfort: A Call for LGBTQ+ Representation in the Outdoor Community

Discomfort: A Call for LGBTQ+ Representation in the Outdoor Community

Let’s talk about discomfort. For the outdoor community, discomfort has long manifested as: rain, freezing temperatures, endless climbs, swarms of bugs, swollen feet, lack of hygiene, norovirus,

Jun 29, 2020 : The Editors
Why I Started the Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Group

Why I Started the Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Group

Candi, 28, started The Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Facebook group. Candi values getting lost in nature and helping others in need. For many thru-hiking hopefuls, social media

Jun 17, 2020 : Guest Post