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Hearing Impairment and Thru-Hiking

Hearing Impairment and Thru-Hiking

It’s an isolating feeling to be alone in the woods, but it’s far more isolating to be alone in a room full of people. It is widely recommended that—for safety...

Dec 14, 2019 : Lily Matilda
Life after the Trail: What’s Next?

Life after the Trail: What’s Next?

For me, the biggest surprise after my thru-hike was how quickly everyone else in my life was ready to move on. When I returned home from summiting Mount Katahdin, my...

Dec 13, 2019 : Ashley Samuel
Finally Taking the Time to Swim

Finally Taking the Time to Swim

Written on August 3, 2019 All through July I would walk past good looking swimming holes and stare at them longingly while simultaneously listing off all the reasons why it...

Dec 13, 2019 : Sara Rollins
Do I Have a Shopping Problem?

Do I Have a Shopping Problem?

I hate shopping! I am 26 years old and my mom still buys my underwear. Every Christmas, I have three pairs of American Eagle boxers waiting for me in my...

Dec 12, 2019 : Caleb
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about!...

Dec 12, 2019 : Mariposa
Things 2020 PCT Hikers Should Know II: Section Breakdown and Trail Resources

Things 2020 PCT Hikers Should Know II: Section Breakdown and Trail Resources

In the first section of "Things 2020 PCT Hikers Should Know" we broke down the basics about gear, permits, and terminus navigation. But believe it or not, there's still a...

Dec 12, 2019 : Alexandria Cremer
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Shop Now Be Done Sale

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Shop Now Be Done Sale

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI The holiday week is right around the corner, and you don't want to be caught scrambling for last-minute gifts. There'a...

Dec 12, 2019 : Sponsored Post
The Silent Killer: Emotional Pack Weight

The Silent Killer: Emotional Pack Weight

Physical pack weight is not the only thing to consider as I obtain the gear needed for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike.

Dec 11, 2019 : Reanna Leisure
My Life in 60 Liters

My Life in 60 Liters

Taking a step away from spreadsheets, this is the semi-final gear list for my Colorado Trail thru-hike. Undoubtedly subs will be made once warmer temps roll around and I find...

Dec 11, 2019 : Taryn Wem
Post-Trail Depression 2018; Plans for a Better 2020

Post-Trail Depression 2018; Plans for a Better 2020

I can only guess what post-trail depression feels like for those who complete their hike. What I do know is that a premature end to my hike in 2018 definitely...

Dec 11, 2019 : Gracetopher Kirk