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Advantages and Disadvantages of a May Start Thru-Hike

Advantages and Disadvantages of a May Start Thru-Hike

This past summer, I completed a northbound thru-hike starting on May 20th. Because I started so late, my thru-hike was very different than a typical thru-hike. In this post, I...

Dec 26, 2013 : Cole Heathcott
An Introduction: The Birth of a Thru-Hiking Dream

An Introduction: The Birth of a Thru-Hiking Dream

 Let’s take a step in the time machine and head back to the good old days of 2012... “Would you like some space for milk or cream?” This is what...

Dec 26, 2013 : Michael Osborne
7 Reasons Why Hiking the Appalachian Trail is for Lazy People Too

7 Reasons Why Hiking the Appalachian Trail is for Lazy People Too

You might think that hiking the Appalachian Trail is only for those who possess high levels of athletic prowess and boundless amounts of energy. Sure, walking over 2000 miles is...

Dec 23, 2013 : Megan Maxwell
Six Degrees of Suck: A 2013 Thru Hiker Shares Chronological Trials of the Appalachian Trail

Six Degrees of Suck: A 2013 Thru Hiker Shares Chronological Trials of the Appalachian Trail

While thru hiking the Appalachian Trail will most definitely prove to be one of the single most rewarding experiences of your life, we all know that doesn’t make it any...

Dec 22, 2013 : Carlie Gentry
Five Steps Towards Avoiding Injury

Five Steps Towards Avoiding Injury

Upon embarking on a ~2,200 mile journey travelled solely by foot (see what I did there?) one can expect their fair share of minor injuries. With proper care, these injuries...

Dec 19, 2013 : Allison Kieley
Inside the Pros Packs: Terry “Serial” Klott of A Trail Life

Inside the Pros Packs: Terry “Serial” Klott of A Trail Life

There are few people on earth I admire more than the good folks at Sundog Outfitter. I asked Serial to shed some more knowledge for our new series, "Inside the...

Dec 17, 2013 : Zach
8 Ways to Stave Off (Or Embrace) The Insanity Of Long Distance Hiking

8 Ways to Stave Off (Or Embrace) The Insanity Of Long Distance Hiking

So let's face it, your new life on the trail will be fascinating and invigorating for a while, but eventually you will get bored with walking. Problem is, you've got...

Dec 14, 2013 : Carlie Gentry
Inside the Pro’s Packs: Ian Mangiardi of Modern Explorer Inc.

Inside the Pro’s Packs: Ian Mangiardi of Modern Explorer Inc.

At this point, if you don't know who Ian Mangiardi is, I have no choice but to assume that this is your first time to the site.  In that case,...

Dec 13, 2013 : Zach
On Health and Being Mindful

On Health and Being Mindful

Watch this first. I'm not a health guru. I wouldn't even consider myself a "healthy" person. I'm the kind of person that scoffs at the oh I better only eat...

Dec 12, 2013 : Allison Kieley
How to Support One Thru-Hiker’s Amazing Project + 9 Stunning Photos from the Trail

How to Support One Thru-Hiker’s Amazing Project + 9 Stunning Photos from the Trail

The following is a preview of a soon-to-be printed, limited edition photo book called Northbound.  It's a project put together by 2013 thru-hiker, Michael "Dumptruck" Wilson.  The below excerpt from

Dec 11, 2013 : Zach