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19-Year-Old Hiker Found Deceased on Mt. Lafayette

19-Year-Old Hiker Found Deceased on Mt. Lafayette

Emily Sotelo, 19, of Westford, MA, was found deceased on the northwest side of Mount Lafayette in Franconia, NH at approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022. According to...

Nov 24, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Smokies AT Thru-Hiker Permits to Double in Price in 2023

Smokies AT Thru-Hiker Permits to Double in Price in 2023

Beginning March 1, 2023, thru hiker permits in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be doubling from $20 to $40. This decision comes in conjunction with GSMNP’s new Park...

Nov 21, 2022 : Anna McKinney
Outside Lays Off 12% of Staff in Second Round of Layoffs This Year

Outside Lays Off 12% of Staff in Second Round of Layoffs This Year

Outside Inc., the parent company of outdoor magazines including Backpacker, Outside, and Fastest Known Time, laid off 12% of its staff on Tuesday in its second round of mass layoffs...

Nov 17, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Melanie Vogel Completes Historic 12,000-Mile Trans-Canada Hike

Melanie Vogel Completes Historic 12,000-Mile Trans-Canada Hike

On Saturday, November 12, Melanie Vogel became the first woman to complete a continuous coast-to-coast-to-coast hike of the Trans Canada Trail, hiking all land-based miles of the mammoth 15,000-mile

Nov 17, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Human Skeletal Remains Found Near Appalachian Trail

Human Skeletal Remains Found Near Appalachian Trail

Hunters discovered human skeletal remains near the AT in Moore Township, PA on Monday evening, according to Lehigh Valley Live. The site where the remains were found is located along...

Nov 16, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
They Got Married!

They Got Married!

After a year of dating, and a lifetime of waiting, Matthew Odie Norman, author of the Hiker Yearbook series, and hiker Julia Roberts became husband and wife

Nov 7, 2022 : Bloodhound
Two Women Complete 18,000-Mile Journey Across Americas

Two Women Complete 18,000-Mile Journey Across Americas

Her Odyssey is the name given by two women to their six-plus year, 18,000-plus-mile non-motorized journey across the Americas. Bethany "Fidgit" Hughes and Lauren "Neon" Reed began their journey on

Nov 3, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Garmin Just Released Data from 10,000 SOS Incidents, and It’s Fascinating

Garmin Just Released Data from 10,000 SOS Incidents, and It’s Fascinating

Over one-third of SOS requests placed via Garmin inReach over the last 11 years were from hikers or backpackers, according to data from over 10,000 incidents that were recently released...

Oct 31, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Hypothermic PCT Hiker Rescued in Deschutes National Forest

Hypothermic PCT Hiker Rescued in Deschutes National Forest

PCT hiker Hassan Falsafi, 57, of Weaverville, CA was rescued in the Diamond Peaks Wilderness area of Deschutes National Forest, OR by Douglas County Search and Rescue at 4:15 a.m....

Oct 27, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
PCT Trail Runner Found Dead in Columbia River Gorge

PCT Trail Runner Found Dead in Columbia River Gorge

Nicholas Wells, 33, of Camas, WA was found deceased at approximately one a.m. on Sunday, October 23rd, 2022, on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. According to the...

Oct 25, 2022 : Penina Crocker