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
Let’s Talk About the Gear I’m Taking

Let’s Talk About the Gear I’m Taking

I probably should have done the gear post a long time ago but gear scares me. OK, maybe not scare, but there’s just so much. When I first started backpacking...

Mar 18, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Ready? As I’ll Ever Be. My Final Two Weeks at Home.

Ready? As I’ll Ever Be. My Final Two Weeks at Home.

For my final few weeks before flying out I've found myself caught between trying to get myself as prepared as possible and trying to relax and make the most of...

Mar 18, 2019 : Lucy
The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 3/18

The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 3/18

We love gear. Even more than that, we love gear on sale, and we bet you do too.  Check out this week's steals and deals. here. Big Agnes Fly Creek...

Mar 18, 2019 : Rachel S
Resupply Plan for a Thru-Hike of the CDT

Resupply Plan for a Thru-Hike of the CDT

It's officially now less than one month until I'll lay my hand on Crazy Cook Monument and take the very first step of my NOBO CDT thru-hike. Time has really...

Mar 18, 2019 : Emma
Aren’t You Scared? Questions About Trail Safety

Aren’t You Scared? Questions About Trail Safety

Over the last few months, I’ve told a lot of people that I’m thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I haven’t kept a tally of their reactions. But if I had to...

Mar 18, 2019 : Sarahmarie Specht-Bird