Thru-Hiking Culture

Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

In more than 2,100 miles of hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I never got a single blister on my feet. That was thanks, in part, to the miracle of...

Apr 15, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

I’d say we’re all pretty lucky. We’re lucky to be hiking in a time when there are comprehensive and yearly updated guidebooks, water reports, and GPS apps at our fingertips,...

Mar 22, 2019 : Effie Drew
Congrats to These 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers!

CDT northbounders are ending their trek to Canada! A huge round of applause for all these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to

Oct 25, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

I arrived at A.J. Matthews/The Trek. When I asked how his hike was going, Joker told me he’d injured his ankle and spent the last month working at the Stony...

Sep 21, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup where we carefully select and showcase the most impressive, hilarious, and all-around epic photos taken on the Continental Divide Trail. Use the hashtag #CDT,

Sep 15, 2018 : Andrea Davis
Q&A with Elsye “Chardonnay” Walker: Likely the First Black, Female Triple Crowner

Q&A with Elsye “Chardonnay” Walker: Likely the First Black, Female Triple Crowner

The ATC, the PCTA, the CDTC and the ALDHA-West—the organizations that oversee the long-distance trails we adore—don't recognize any qualifier in front of the term "thru-hike." They also don't

Sep 10, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup where we carefully select and showcase the most impressive, hilarious, and all-around epic photos taken on the Continental Divide Trail. Use the hashtag

Sep 1, 2018 : Andrea Davis
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

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 Continental Divide Trail. Use the

Aug 18, 2018 : Andrea Davis
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #ContinentalDivideTrail

Each week we showcase our favorite photos from Instagram using the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and #PacificCrestTrail. We decided to let the Continental Divide Trail join in on the fun! Use the

Jul 23, 2018 : Andrea Davis
9 Thru-Hiking Photographers You Need to Be Following In 2018

9 Thru-Hiking Photographers You Need to Be Following In 2018

It's no secret that being a successful thru-hiker requires a tremendous amount of patience. It calls for adeptness and a whole lot of willpower. What's even more supernatural? Killing the...

Jul 5, 2018 : Andrea Davis