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Hey, all.  I know I am WAY behind in posting updates, and I'm not going to lie - the majority of them will probably have to wait until I am...

Aug 31, 2015 : Scribe
Flipping Out About Flip Flopping: Part 2

Flipping Out About Flip Flopping: Part 2

Rational Justifications In here. They aim to disperse hikers across a broader range of the trail decreasing pressure on southern resources. The ATC recognizes all hikers completing more than 2,000

Aug 31, 2015 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Why Shakedown Hikes Are So Important for New Backpackers

Why Shakedown Hikes Are So Important for New Backpackers

When people ask what they can do to prepare for a (first) thru-hike, they get a wide variety of advice.  Buy this piece of gear, save up at least that...

Aug 30, 2015 : Brian Lewis
Flipping Out About Flip Flopping: Part 1

Flipping Out About Flip Flopping: Part 1

Emotional Justifications So. I want to be Bliss, Yellow Bird and Outlier. I want to be scrambling up those final, dramatic 5.2 hand-over-hand miles from the penultimate night spent in...

Aug 30, 2015 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
She’ll Either Kiss You On The Lips, Or Kick You When You’re Down

She’ll Either Kiss You On The Lips, Or Kick You When You’re Down

Mother nature.... the trail.... you never know what she is going to do. She'll either give you terrain that is soft enough for bare feet or she will give you...

Aug 29, 2015 : Jennifer Williams
Three Cheers for This Week’s Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! [Week of 8.28.15]

Three Cheers for This Week’s Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! [Week of 8.28.15]

3 Cheers for week 3 of pictures of the rad guys and gals finishing their hikes! Well done friends, well done! If you’ve completed your thru-hike, send us your Katahdin or...

Aug 28, 2015 : Jessie
Summer In Review

Summer In Review

This week marked the end of one of the most eventful summers of my life. Going public about my plans to thru-hike has spiraled into this amazing storm of support...

Aug 28, 2015 : Colleen Goldhorn
Tito’s Throne: Notes on the Mahoosuc Notch and Hiker Morale

Tito’s Throne: Notes on the Mahoosuc Notch and Hiker Morale

This story begins down south along the Appalachian Trail somewhere in Virginia in the month of May. There I was enjoying my morning evacuation in a privy, muttering like a...

Aug 27, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
The 5 Stages of Ending My PCT Thru-hike

The 5 Stages of Ending My PCT Thru-hike

Denial Off trail in Julian, I can barely walk. The blisters on my feet are infected from several days of hiking; sand and grit burrowing deeper under the epidermis with...

Aug 27, 2015 : Amy Bee
How to choose the right rain gear

How to choose the right rain gear

Anyone who spends time in the outdoors is inevitably going to do so in the rain.  Hiking, hunting, fishing or being anywhere outside of Arica Chile will end up dealing with...

Aug 27, 2015 : Dylan Niknot