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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
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: Favorite Appalachian Trail Hostels

Hiker’s Choice: Favorite 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