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Anxiety About Anxiety: Building a Tramily

Anxiety About Anxiety: Building a Tramily

I am not your traditional “anxious” person. I don’t always sweat the small stuff, though I sometimes am prone toward micromanaging. But this blog is about anxiety as it pertains...

Oct 31, 2019 : Mags on the Trail
Here’s How 5 Thru-Hikers Figured Out Their Lives After The Trail

Here’s How 5 Thru-Hikers Figured Out Their Lives After The Trail

The gear, permits, finances—not to mention the thru-hike itself—are enough to think about when you decide to attempt a long-distance trek. In fact, it's so much that often the "what...

Oct 31, 2019 : Sarah Moss
Incredible 2019 Thru-Hiker Transformations Part 2

Incredible 2019 Thru-Hiker Transformations Part 2

Thru-hiking takes a toll on a person. Mind, body, and spirit. While the transformations of mind and spirit might be the real change after several months in the outdoors, it's...

Oct 31, 2019 : Rachel S
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 17 – October 30

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 17 – October 30

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Oct 31, 2019 : Rachel S
Out of the Fog, into the Clouds: A Prospective Thru-Hiker’s Path to Sobriety

Out of the Fog, into the Clouds: A Prospective Thru-Hiker’s Path to Sobriety

During one particularly bad hangover I decided I never wanted to feel that terrible again in my life. The all-too-familiar forests of Connecticut were the first place I ended up...

Oct 30, 2019 : Alexander Dyson
Top Gear Picks for the 680-Mile Great Divide Trail

Top Gear Picks for the 680-Mile Great Divide Trail

I spent the summer hiking the Great Divide Trail in the Canadian Rockies, which presented rugged terrain and wet, challenging weather. In these intense conditions, I quickly discovered which pieces

Oct 30, 2019 : Lisa Howatt
Gear Review: Northern Ultralight Sundown

Gear Review: Northern Ultralight Sundown

The Northern Ultralight Sundown is built for ultralight thru-hiking. One of a very few Canadian cottage-brands, NUL gives us a light and versatile pack that performs in numerous circumstances.

Oct 30, 2019 : Effie Drew
Slow Down or You’ll Miss the Forest Giraffes

Slow Down or You’ll Miss the Forest Giraffes

The following reflection contemplates hiking holistically--seeking not only physical strength and mental preparedness, but also peace and wonder.  If you want to notice neat phenomena, like beams

Oct 30, 2019 : Becca
Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail

In elementary school, probably 1999 or 2000, my class had a guest speaker come in. She spoke to us about her time on the Appalachian Trail as a thru-hiker. I...

Oct 28, 2019 : Whitney Goolsby
Backpacker Radio #50: The Long Trail + Chef Corso

Backpacker Radio #50: The Long Trail + Chef Corso

Today, we dissect my recent thru-hike on the Long Trail. We run the gamut on this little bruiser of a trail, including its terrain, the towns, how it changes after...

Oct 28, 2019 : Zach