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I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail. Why, again?

I’m hiking the Appalachian Trail. Why, again?

Transitioning I spent the day crying. That is - I spent the day crying while packing my apartment, crying while hugging my friends and boyfriend goodbye, crying while eating my...

May 24, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
How to Train for (and Hike) Mt. Whitney, the Tallest Peak in the Lower 48

How to Train for (and Hike) Mt. Whitney, the Tallest Peak in the Lower 48

How do you prepare for Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the Lower 48? At 14,505 feet, Mt. Whitney is one of the most ventured peaks in the Eastern Sierra,...

May 24, 2018 : Hannah Seligson
Hiker Trash Vogue – And the Sierra

Hiker Trash Vogue – And the Sierra

As I was reaching the aqueduct, the yellow dead-end street sign read “End,” with the desert mountains we would soon climb in the background.  The sign was reminding me that...

May 24, 2018 : Tommy Corey
The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

The evening before we would enter Grayson Highlands State Park, we had to scramble to make it to a shelter as a big lightning storm rolled in. We had dillydallied...

May 24, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Our Trail Names Rain Down at Sams Gap

Our Trail Names Rain Down at Sams Gap

We have trail names! Lauren is officially now known as Makin’ It. I'm T-Rex. We were at Sams Gap in a downpour. From under the overpass we spotted a blue...

May 24, 2018 : Bryce Ingmire
Dirty Water and Magic in the Desert

Dirty Water and Magic in the Desert

I open my eyes to darkness enveloping my surroundings like inky satin. The shadow of a dream tickles my consciousness, in a vulnerable place behind my eyes, but already it...

May 24, 2018 : Matador
My Favorite Part of Thru-Hiking Isn’t the Food

My Favorite Part of Thru-Hiking Isn’t the Food

This morning I arrived in the town of Wrightwood, where the people have been great to us so far. We got a ride into town with a trail runner named...

May 24, 2018 : Taylor Weixl
Count on Friends to See You Through the Dark

Count on Friends to See You Through the Dark

I've had this post in mind since the beginning of my thru-hike but I have only just recently found the proper way to put how I am feeling and have...

May 24, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Book Two, Chapter Three – Forty Days to Walker Pass

Book Two, Chapter Three – Forty Days to Walker Pass

The days are starting to blur a little. Its getting harder and harder to do these summaries without going back to my notes. Not sure if that's a good or...

May 24, 2018 : Smokebeard
Hiking with History: Shenandoah National Park

Hiking with History: Shenandoah National Park

For many long-distance hikers, the value of Shenandoah National Park is usually measured in easy trail miles, beautiful views, plentiful black bears, and easily accessible waysides where they can

May 23, 2018 : Hiker Historian (Trailname: “Double H”)