Thru-Hiking Culture

When You’re Going Through Mosquito Hell, Keep Going

When You’re Going Through Mosquito Hell, Keep Going

The mosquitos got bad around Christie Springs, just after Ashland, Oregon. Actually, that’s not accurate. They got bad around Hyatt Lake campground. They got biblical around Christie

Mar 21, 2018 : Paul Barach
How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

Shortly before I left for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016, I kept fantasizing about how my body was going to become “better” as a result of exercising all day,...

Mar 19, 2018 : Janel Healy
Four Books I Read Before My PCT Thru-Hike

Four Books I Read Before My PCT Thru-Hike

Books. Who prepares for a thru-hike by reading books when you can track down a million resources from the internet? While I planned about 95 % of my upcoming PCT...

Mar 13, 2018 : Lindsey Gordon
Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

It was a scorching summer day in Southern California. I was taking a break underneath a large tree, elevating my feet to provide my poor extremities some sweet relief. A...

Feb 26, 2018 : Brooke Eller
A SOBO’s Song

A SOBO’s Song

"Oh my God, this is the ending. This is over. What is beginning?" Cole Blume, 34.  Eugene, Oregon.     THE BASICS: Start/finish day: July 16, 2017 to November 14,...

Feb 21, 2018 : Tommy Corey
The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

I was alone, hurrying to Vermillion Valley Resort to make the 4 pm ferry. I crossed Bear Creek (a.k.a. big-ass river) on a massive log, and then I charged into some...

Feb 15, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail

Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail

Anyone who thru-hikes can probably regurgitate information about their favorite food locations along the trail. Thru-hikes are, in their purest essence, jaunts from town to town to eat food.

Feb 12, 2018 : Silent Bob
77 Glorious 2017 PCT Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

77 Glorious 2017 PCT Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

Here at The Trek, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations on your incredible journey. Whether you started in the desert, at the Canadian border, or somewhere in the...

Feb 8, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
Introducing Backpacker Radio by The Trek! Episode #1: The Real Hiking Viking

Introducing Backpacker Radio by The Trek! Episode #1: The Real Hiking Viking

We are thrilled to introduce Backpacker Radio, a new podcast co-hosted by Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey, brought to you by The Trek.  Much like The Trek, Backpacker...

Jan 22, 2018 : Zach
Stories from the Trail: A New Podcast from TheTrek.co Family

Stories from the Trail: A New Podcast from TheTrek.co Family

Merry Christmas Hikers! Pox & Puss is no longer an only child! The world famous Appalachian Trail podcast now has a little brother and sister, as TheTrek.co expands our hiking...

Dec 25, 2017 : Gary Sizer