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Set A Date And DO IT!

Set A Date And DO IT!

The amount of people who complete a thru-hike is drastically lower than the amount of people who think about doing one. This can be related to anything, not just thru-hiking....

Jan 31, 2017 : Jamie Byarlay
Number Crunching: Thru-Hike Budget Breakdown (Part 2!)

Number Crunching: Thru-Hike Budget Breakdown (Part 2!)

Do you love numbers, charts, and explanations of things? Do you aspire to take detailed data about your thru-hike and mine it for gems of information? You've come to the...

Jan 31, 2017 : Mischa Egolf
Hygiene Tips and Tricks for Fearless Female Hikers

Hygiene Tips and Tricks for Fearless Female Hikers

DISCLAIMER: If you're a dude, turn back now, because this post is all about pooping and periods. Sorry, boys. In the months leading up to our thru hike, I started...

Jan 31, 2017 : The Stones
The Great Pack Debate

The Great Pack Debate

As my start date gets closer, my pre-hike panic/obsession has escalated, and I’ve been questioning everything, including my gear, start date, resupply strategy, all the usual. Specifically, I started

Jan 31, 2017 : Annette 'The Rainbow'
That awkward moment when you can’t fit all your gear in your pack

That awkward moment when you can’t fit all your gear in your pack

After realizing I finally have everything that I'm going to need for the trail I decided to take the cliche gear spread photo. (Though cliche it may be, I still...

Jan 31, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
Hiker’s Choice: 2016 Best Appalachian Trail Hostels

Hiker’s Choice: 2016 Best Appalachian Trail Hostels

The Appalachian Trail has a lot of defining characteristics, perhaps none as welcome to a weary hiker as the incredible hostel community running the length of the trail. You really...

Jan 31, 2017 : The Editors
The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

For the third year in a row, we asked Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and long-distance section hikers about the sleeping pads they used. Many of the trends continued from last year, but we...

Jan 31, 2017 : Mariposa
The Appalachian Trail: A Homecoming of Sorts

The Appalachian Trail: A Homecoming of Sorts

I remember sitting in my friend Chase’s desk chair in Chattanooga, Tennessee, my senior year of high school. I was eighteen years old and had a reputation for doing slightly...

Jan 31, 2017 : Stewart Moore
On the Path to Healing & Hiking for Mental Health

On the Path to Healing & Hiking for Mental Health

I’m sure to most of you it is a no brainer that there are some physical health benefits to hiking. It can help you control your weight, blood pressure and...

Jan 31, 2017 : Stubbs
Meet The Hostel: Boots Off Hostel, Hampton TN

Meet The Hostel: Boots Off Hostel, Hampton TN

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Jan 30, 2017 : Bloodhound