featured

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
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
Officials Release Cause of Death of California Family Found in Sierra National Forest

Officials Release Cause of Death of California Family Found in Sierra National Forest

Both the hiking community and local authorities were left baffled earlier this year after reports of four mysterious deaths along a California hiking trail circulated through the news. After

Oct 22, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
All Katahdin Trails Closed Until At Least December 1st

All Katahdin Trails Closed Until At Least December 1st

Baxter State Park announced on Wednesday that all Katahdin and Traveler trails will be closed at the trailhead through at least December 1st. "Shin-deep snow has obscured trail markings and

Oct 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Arc’teryx Aerios 45 Backpack Review

Arc’teryx Aerios 45 Backpack Review

The Arc'teryx Aerios 45 shakes things up in the world of lightweight, multi-day backpacks. Comfort and efficiency reign supreme.

Oct 21, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot