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Why I’m Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Jake Gale of 2,000 Miles From Home

Why I’m Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Jake Gale of 2,000 Miles From Home

<editor's note> In my book (the literal use of the phrase), I postulate that hiking with purpose is the greatest predictor for someone to complete his/her thru-hike.  After being put...

Nov 29, 2013 : Zach
7 Questions You Will Have to Answer After Your Thru-Hike

7 Questions You Will Have to Answer After Your Thru-Hike

Congratulations! You have successfully completed a thru-hike. After months of climbing mountains, freezing in the rain, and starving, you have reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin and you are

Nov 27, 2013 : Cole Heathcott
Emily’s Intro

Emily’s Intro

I am a person who has always ridden the turbulent highs and lows of life. The enviable complacency of mental smooth sailing is actually something I am now striving to...

Nov 25, 2013 : Emily Dusek
Celebrating Appalachian Trials 100th Amazon Review: FREE SIGNED BOOKS + REI GIFT CARDS!!!

Celebrating Appalachian Trials 100th Amazon Review: FREE SIGNED BOOKS + REI GIFT CARDS!!!

This past week, Appalachian Trials received it's 100th review on Amazon.  Let us backtrack a bit to uncover why this is a big deal. Fall 2010 My life was highly...

Nov 25, 2013 : Zach
9 Things A Former Thru Hiker Wishes She Had Known Before Hitting The Trail

9 Things A Former Thru Hiker Wishes She Had Known Before Hitting The Trail

For the new crop of potential northbound thru hikers, there are but three or four months before the 2014 season is in full swing. In other words, three or four...

Nov 24, 2013 : Carlie Gentry
My Lists

My Lists

In hopes of doing everything possible to ensure a successful thru hike, my three lists go public to the world wide web. I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because... if...

Nov 20, 2013 : Allison Kieley
Your 4-Step Checklist to Recovering from Post-Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Depression

Your 4-Step Checklist to Recovering from Post-Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Depression

First, let’s run some numbers. It has been ten weeks to the day since I sat atop that iconic Katahdin sign. If we stack ten weeks on the date March...

Nov 18, 2013 : Carlie Gentry
Hello from Sarah

Hello from Sarah

Hi everyone! My name's Sarah and I'll be a 2014 Appalachian Trials blogger. I originally hail from Vermont, but in recent years have lived near Washington, DC. I'll be starting...

Nov 14, 2013 : Sarah (Ent)
What’s Your Inspiration?

What’s Your Inspiration?

I feel like every once in a while people need motivation, something to pick them and get them going. This is especially true while long-distance hiking or solo-hiking. You might...

Nov 14, 2013 : Niraj Hobgoblin Raju
An Introduction

An Introduction

A couple of years ago, I printed out a "map" of the Appalachian Trail using my personal printer with ink cartridges that had needed to be changed months before. It's...

Nov 12, 2013 : Allison Kieley