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A Month on Trail, and Spring Is Popping Up

A Month on Trail, and Spring Is Popping Up

At last signs of springs are showing up. A single bluebird and a robin at Max Patch. Frogs at dammed pond, a huge toad next to the French Broad River....

Mar 19, 2019 : JC Van Etten
What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

Hey folks! A lot of time was spent deciding what to carry as I walked from Georgia to Maine. So I thought I'd briefly try to let you know how...

Mar 19, 2019 : Christopher Keys
Gear Review: MSR Access 2 Four-Season Tent

Gear Review: MSR Access 2 Four-Season Tent

Weight: 4 pounds MSRP: $599.95 Category: Semi-freestanding, but we pitched this without the stakes a few times and it was stable.  Capacity: 2-person. BUT. This tent is roomy. We slept with

Mar 19, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gearing Up: Gear List for the AT

Gearing Up: Gear List for the AT

Here is my initial gear list for starting the Appalachian Trail.  I am not going to include much detail, as most of the items can be found quickly by going...

Mar 19, 2019 : Isaac Nesbitt
My Naming Day Came During a Tough Stretch

My Naming Day Came During a Tough Stretch

My friends call me Stretch. My naming day could not have come at a better time. The prior day (I think that was Sunday) was the first time I cried...

Mar 19, 2019 : Christy Fairlie
Spring(er) Fever: What’s the Best Restaurant on the Appalachian Trail?

Spring(er) Fever: What’s the Best Restaurant on the Appalachian Trail?

It's Springer Fever. We've polled previous thru-hikers, selected and seeded, the Top 32 Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail. Now we need your help selecting which restaurants advance to the

Mar 19, 2019 : Lance Ness
Finding Peace, and Rebirth, In Nature

Finding Peace, and Rebirth, In Nature

As I continue packing my life into boxes to be stored in my friend's basement for the next six months, I start to remember all the memories of these different...

Mar 19, 2019 : Craig Uhler
Five Reasons Why Winter Hiking Is Awesome

Five Reasons Why Winter Hiking Is Awesome

Someone recently asked me what I do in the winter to stay in shape and train for an upcoming thru-hike. The answer---I keep hiking! When I first heard that people...

Mar 19, 2019 : Liz Archibald
Words of Hope to the Class of 2019

Words of Hope to the Class of 2019

To my 2019 thru-hikers: I use the word “my” because I feel so protective of you all. Your bodies, your joints, your egos, your confidence. Your journey. I don’t even...

Mar 19, 2019 : Ashley Samuel
Why I Carried a Heavy Rock Over Five Miles

Why I Carried a Heavy Rock Over Five Miles

Yes, I had a heavy rock in my backpack for over five miles the other day. I spent hours researching gear over the last year. I spent so much time...

Mar 18, 2019 : Scott Benerofe