Thru-Hiking Culture

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
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
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 18

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 18

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb, and national park crowd to finish the AT....

Oct 20, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
9 Unexpected Benefits of Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

9 Unexpected Benefits of Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I went into my Appalachian Trail thru-hike with few expectations other than the hope for a great adventure and a vague idea about "growing as a person" over the course...

Oct 20, 2021 : Kelly Floro
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
Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of October 11

Congrats to these 2021 PCT Thru-Hikers: Week of October 11

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 12, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 4

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 4

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb, and national park crowd to finish the AT....

Oct 5, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
A Graphic Designer’s View of The PCT (Book Preview)

A Graphic Designer’s View of The PCT (Book Preview)

A visual feast for the senses, The Pacific Crest Trail: A Visual Compendium provides something new around every turn. Author Joshua M. Powell hiked the PCT in 2014, making the...

Oct 5, 2021 : Joshua Powell
Congrats to These 2021 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of September 28

Congrats to These 2021 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of September 28

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...

Sep 30, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Is the Appalachian Trail’s Iconic Shelter System Obsolete?

Is the Appalachian Trail’s Iconic Shelter System Obsolete?

The Appalachian Trail has the best-developed shelter system of any long trail in the world. A network of more than 250 primitive lean-tos serves the 2,200-mile footpath, providing gathering places

Sep 29, 2021 : Kelly Floro