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7 Simple Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Thru-Hike

7 Simple Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Thru-Hike

The Appalachian Trail was my first thru-hike and my first substantial hike of any kind. I prepared myself for the undertaking as best I could—obsessive research, elaborate budget spreadsheets,

Jul 20, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Flip-Flopping From Katahdin? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Flip-Flopping From Katahdin? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Every year around this time, would-be NOBO AT thru-hikers flip north to Katahdin and start hiking southbound instead. Hikers choose to flip up to Katahdin for a variety of reasons....

Jul 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Virginia Triple Crown: 34 Iconic Miles of AT Backpacking

The Virginia Triple Crown: 34 Iconic Miles of AT Backpacking

Dragon’s Tooth. McAfee Knob. Tinker Cliffs. Hike all three of these spectacular destinations along the Virginia Appalachian Trail to complete the coveted Virginia Triple Crown (aka the Roanoke Triple

Jun 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

Choosing when to start a trail can make or break your thru-hike. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you on the best time to start your hike.

May 19, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
Six Triple Crown Spots to Visit If You Can’t Thru-hike This Year

Six Triple Crown Spots to Visit If You Can’t Thru-hike This Year

This article will either help you choose a section to hike, or will spark some daydreams about your future thru-hike.

Mar 31, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
A Complete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2021 Edition

A Complete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2021 Edition

Hostels on the Appalachian Trail are part of what makes a thru-hike such a unique experience. We've listed 120+ places to stay between Georgia and Maine, including a few lodgings...

Mar 22, 2021 : The Editors
Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

As 2020 winds down, a third wave of COVID-19 infections is engulfing the United States, with the number of daily cases more than tripling over the previous August high and...

Dec 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
My Biggest Appalachian Trail Gear Regrets

My Biggest Appalachian Trail Gear Regrets

Personally, I don’t subscribe to the belief that I need to admit when I’m “wrong” or “make mistakes.” But fortunately for us, Saoirse “Story” Ibargüen is a better person than...

Dec 10, 2020 : Sarah Wolfson
19 Things 2021 Appalachian Trail Hikers Need to Know

19 Things 2021 Appalachian Trail Hikers Need to Know

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge undertaking—and in the age of Covid, that could be more true now than it ever has been before. If you're thinking of hitting...

Dec 8, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Day Hiking – Staying Sane in Maine

Day Hiking – Staying Sane in Maine

  We all know how crazy of a year it’s been, I don’t think I have to go into any details about why. For me, and for many others, hiking...

Dec 3, 2020 : Kaylin