The 2021 AT Thru-Hiker Survey is Here!

The 2021 AT Thru-Hiker Survey is Here!

If you, or someone you know, attempted an Appalachian Trail thru-hike this year, you've come to the right place! Each year, we poll the masses of AT hikers to learn...

Oct 26, 2021 : The Editors
Walking Distance #18 | Careers in the Outdoors ft. Dan Purdy and Ali Carr

Walking Distance #18 | Careers in the Outdoors ft. Dan Purdy and Ali Carr

In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Dan Purdy, a professional backpacking guide for Wildland Trekking...

Oct 26, 2021 : Jackie Marusiak
Missing Hiker Ignored Rescuers’ Phone Calls Because They Didn’t Recognize Number

Missing Hiker Ignored Rescuers’ Phone Calls Because They Didn’t Recognize Number

A Colorado day hiker who was lost for 24 hours last week reportedly ignored multiple phone calls from Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel because they didn't recognize the phone number....

Oct 26, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of October 25

Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of October 25

Well, it's been another bizarre and wonderful year for hiking the PCT. And to that end, we wanted to extend a big congrats to everyone who managed to navigate all...

Oct 26, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

A how-to into not getting stuck with a crummy trail name by taking back the power to name yourself.

Oct 26, 2021 : Sara Leibold
The Desert: Long Water Hauls and Road Walks

The Desert: Long Water Hauls and Road Walks

My first section into the desert! There are long water carries but beautiful sunsets as I hike from Kennedy Meadows South to Tehachapi. I’m so thankful to all of the...

Oct 25, 2021 : Morgan Balog
Finishing the Sierras!

Finishing the Sierras!

I’m so happy I was able to finish the Sierras! It was weird to be a flip-flopper for a moment. But thankfully I did it this way, because a few...

Oct 25, 2021 : Morgan Balog
GR 11 Update – the Spanish Grand Canyon and Beyond

GR 11 Update – the Spanish Grand Canyon and Beyond

In the last trail update, we'd just entered the High Pyrenees and gone over the sketchiest pass. We knew that the Spanish Grand Canyon was ahead, and for that, we...

Oct 25, 2021 : Johanna Willi
Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Why 75% of AT Thru-Hikers Won’t Make It (Spoiler: It’s Complicated)

Try not to act too surprised when I say this: hiking the Appalachian Trail is pretty hard. Over 4,000 people attempt to thru-hike the AT annually, but the Appalachian Trail...

Oct 25, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Backpacker Radio 123 | Pete McBride

Backpacker Radio 123 | Pete McBride

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by world-renowned photographer and director, Pete McBride. We learn about Pete's entry into photography, including what

Oct 25, 2021 : Mara Simonson