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Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congratulations to These Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

It's that time of year again! Congratulations! Thru-hikers from all over are crossing the finish line. Whether you are a NOBO summiting Katahdin, a SOBO on your way to Springer,...

Aug 21, 2017 : Ben Barrett
The Holy Grail of Hiking Lotteries: The Wave

The Holy Grail of Hiking Lotteries: The Wave

Nestled inside the  This is the room where so many corral to see if their dream comes true. Pro tip: Since the difficulty of obtaining a permit for The Wave ranks...

Aug 20, 2017 : Hashtag
PCT Chapter 2: Full Dis-Fire-Closure

PCT Chapter 2: Full Dis-Fire-Closure

A big part of the reason for SOBO thru-hiking the PCT instead of going the more conventional NOBO route, was that I wanted a continuous trek. This year, only a...

Aug 19, 2017 : Zach
This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Ladies, gentlemen, and hiker trash- it has returned.  We are pleased to reintroduce one of our all time favorite series- the top Instagram posts from the Appalachian Trail. Each week,...

Aug 17, 2017 : Elizabeth Kennedy
When Backpacking with a Newborn Goes Wrong

When Backpacking with a Newborn Goes Wrong

There is nothing more relaxing than being out in the wilderness, hiking through beautiful terrain, and  having a welcome change of scenery from our daily grind... unless you're hiking with...

Aug 11, 2017 : Danielle Newton
5 Reasons Why I Am Hiking the John Muir Trail

5 Reasons Why I Am Hiking the John Muir Trail

Hi there, the name's Liz. I am a twenty-something year-old with a hearty appetite for the outdoors. Growing up in Los Angeles, California, I've spent more time stuck in bumper-to-bumper,

Aug 11, 2017 : Liz
Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The beautiful state of Georgia is often celebrated on the trail as the first state for northbound thru hikers, and the finish line for southbounders. Full of rugged and steep...

Aug 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Did Dan “Knotts” Binde Set the Self-Supported FKT on the AT?

Did Dan “Knotts” Binde Set the Self-Supported FKT on the AT?

May 26th 2017- July 19th 2017 (53:22:57) On July 19th, Dan “Knotts” Binde allegedly set a new self-supported speed record on the Appalachian Trail shortly after taking a nap two...

Aug 8, 2017 : Mary Beth Skylis
Give Yourself a Break: Planning Rest Days on Your Thru-hike

Give Yourself a Break: Planning Rest Days on Your Thru-hike

My first thru-hike was a NOBO attempt of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. I had planned for what I thought was everything—except for taking rest days. At the time,...

Aug 8, 2017 : Amy
5 More Trails That Belong on Your Bucket List

5 More Trails That Belong on Your Bucket List

Getting to know different trails around the country (and on occasion, across the globe) is one of our favorite parts of having writers from every corner of the backpacking community. It's...

Aug 8, 2017 : The Editors