Advice

How to Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Planning to Thru-Hike

How to Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Planning to Thru-Hike

So, you're planning to thru-hike a long trail. You've done some research, started laying plans, and maybe even have a tentative start date in mind. But you haven't told your...

Oct 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
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
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
How I Found Food Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

How I Found Food Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

I rest on the edge of a cliff in northern Virginia, spread avocado onto a smushed slice of bread, and watch as a bird gracefully soars above the valley. I...

Oct 14, 2021 : Hannah Charlson
After This Year’s Fire Season, Is a Southbound PCT Thru-Hike Still Possible?

After This Year’s Fire Season, Is a Southbound PCT Thru-Hike Still Possible?

Let's not beat around the (burning) bush: wildfire season in the west is starting earlier every year, and it's lasting longer. It has become increasingly common to see hikers wearing...

Oct 13, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Why February Is the Best Month To Start the Appalachian Trail

Why February Is the Best Month To Start the Appalachian Trail

Everyone wants to hit Springer in March, but I'm here to tell you to consider starting the AT in February instead. Will it be colder? Will it be quieter? Probably,...

Oct 11, 2021 : Kelly Floro
How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit on November 9th

How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit on November 9th

It's that time of year again. The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) will open the PCT Long-distance Permit application on Tuesday, November 9th at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. In the...

Oct 7, 2021 : Kelly Floro
My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Many people daydream about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, but few actually take action with their plans. Taking that leap from "I want to hike" to "I'm 100% committed to hiking"...

Oct 6, 2021 : Max Kiel
Uinta Highline Trail: 100 Miles in Utah’s Rugged Backcountry

Uinta Highline Trail: 100 Miles in Utah’s Rugged Backcountry

When I say "Utah backpacking trip," your mind likely jumps to red rocks, massive canyons, and vast desert landscapes. However, in the northeastern corner of the state, the impressive Uinta...

Oct 1, 2021 : Katie Kommer
How to Hike Every 14er on the Colorado Trail (with Guthook Miles)

How to Hike Every 14er on the Colorado Trail (with Guthook Miles)

Fifteen of Colorado's 53 14ers (summits above 14,000 feet)can be accessed directly from the Colorado Trail. If you're thru-hiking the Colorado Trail already, why not bag a 14er or two...

Sep 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro