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Another New Year

Another New Year

"My name is Cole and I’m new to the world of thru-hiking."  I wrote that a late April.  Each day has 24 hours.  On January 1st in Northern Georgia, a...

Dec 31, 2016 : Cole Farnum
Trekking into 2017

Trekking into 2017

Reminiscing and Appreciating   Friends, family, and hikers alike, I wanted to take a moment to create a short post on my excitement of the upcoming year. A LOT is...

Dec 31, 2016 : Gas Monkey
It’s a new day on the Appalachian Trail: What I’m leaving behind, taking with me and bringing home.

It’s a new day on the Appalachian Trail: What I’m leaving behind, taking with me and bringing home.

Minutes turn to hours, hours to days, days to years. The world turns, and life passes by. There's not much to speak of about the lost time. I go through...

Dec 31, 2016 : David Stasiak
Thru-Hiking in the Age of Trump

Thru-Hiking in the Age of Trump

One of the nice parts about thru-hiking is that it’s incredibly easy to make friends. Everyone’s sharing such a wonderful experience, one that almost has to be talked about, shared,...

Dec 31, 2016 : Chuck McKeever
The Shocking Moment of Truth — or a Desperate Plea for Packing Help

The Shocking Moment of Truth — or a Desperate Plea for Packing Help

For the past eight months, ever since I decided to attempt an AT thru-hike, I’ve been accumulating hiking gear. Since I tend to be somewhat anal (okay, totally obsessive), I’ve...

Dec 30, 2016 : Gail Barrett
The Weight Factor: Losing Weight on a Long Distance Hike

The Weight Factor: Losing Weight on a Long Distance Hike

When the word weight is used in the backpacking world, it usually refers to what you are carrying in your backpack.  The weight I'm thinking about now, is the weight...

Dec 29, 2016 : EarthTone
Preparing for the Trail- New Orleans Style

Preparing for the Trail- New Orleans Style

12/28/2016 This is my first post on the AT Blog.  I am so excited to be part of this community.  I am writing you from Covington, Louisiana which is just...

Dec 28, 2016 : Katheryne Patterson
Hostel Etiquette: An Appalachian Trail Hiker’s Guide

Hostel Etiquette: An Appalachian Trail Hiker’s Guide

It is my sincere hope that anyone who stays in a hostel has a fantastic experience, gets a good night’s rest, treats the hostel owner and other guests with respect,...

Dec 28, 2016 : Stacia Bennett
The Importance of Not Giving a Shit

The Importance of Not Giving a Shit

"Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to...

Dec 27, 2016 : Chelsea Bates
Ultralight Backpacking 103: The Skill Set

Ultralight Backpacking 103: The Skill Set

The following series on ultralight backpacking is brought to you by Some backpackers like to keep things organized with backpacking checklists. There are many helpful trail, resupply, and even

Dec 26, 2016 : Caet Cash