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The Backpacking Community

I've only been an avid backpacker for about a year now, and I can't begin to describe how much faith I've gained in humanity because of it. I've always been...

Oct 31, 2015 : Ashley Schellhase
10 Horrifying Scenarios for a Thru-Hiker

10 Horrifying Scenarios for a Thru-Hiker

Ghosts? Goblins? Monsters? Oh, please. You don't know true terror, misery and horror until these things have happened to you while hiking the appalachian trail: 1. When someone left trail

Oct 31, 2015 : Julieann Hartley
How I made it through Senior year with Springer fever.

How I made it through Senior year with Springer fever.

It was about mid-Junior year when I discovered the concept of thru-hiking. It took roughly two hours for that idea to become a full blown obsession, and the thought wasn't...

Oct 30, 2015 : Chels
Gear Review: Pearl Izumi Women’s N2 V2 Trail Running Shoes

Gear Review: Pearl Izumi Women’s N2 V2 Trail Running Shoes

Shoes are a huge part of a hiker’s gear. I am glad to have tested out Pearl Izumi’s Women’s E: Motion Trail N2 V2 shoes. These shoes were given to...

Oct 30, 2015 : Madison Dragna
How to Win Halloween: 5 Hiker-Inspired Costumes

How to Win Halloween: 5 Hiker-Inspired Costumes

On October 31st, 2014, I donned my black under armour base layer and stepped out onto a snowy street in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Snowed out of the Smokies by...

Oct 29, 2015 : Caet Cash
A Heart of Gold & A Gypsy Soul

A Heart of Gold & A Gypsy Soul

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off...

Oct 29, 2015 : Kimmy Morris
Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

When I talk with people about hiking the PCT, or express excitement about an upcoming solo hike, I am often asked, “Why would you isolate yourself like that?” I can...

Oct 29, 2015 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Another Southbounder? Sheesh.

Another Southbounder? Sheesh.

  Hey there Appalachian Trials!  Thanks for having me! My name is Jeremy and I have been privileged by the purveyor of this website and author of Appalchian Trials, Mr....

Oct 29, 2015 : Jeremy Morris
5 Easy Tips to See More Wildlife On Your Thru Hike

5 Easy Tips to See More Wildlife On Your Thru Hike

On my thru hike I saw thirteen bears, four moose, and untold numbers of deer and songbirds, a groundhog, a million squirrels and chipmunks, multitudes of bunnies and numerous snakes,...

Oct 29, 2015 : Carla Robertson
New Jersey: Black water, but Beautiful Sights

New Jersey: Black water, but Beautiful Sights

Day 94 The town of Delaware Water Gap is not a good place to plan a resupply. It's possible, but painful. After eating a lovely, filling and affordable breakfast at...

Oct 29, 2015 : Sharon