A History of Northeast Superhiking, Part I: Non-Winter Peakbagging

A History of Northeast Superhiking, Part I: Non-Winter Peakbagging

In Forest and Crag, the authoritative history of the mountains of the Northeast, authors Guy and Laura Waterman introduced their "Superhiking" chapter with an observation that rings true today, 31

Jan 21, 2020 : Erik Schlimmer
Being a Pacific Crest Trail Commitment-Phobe

Being a Pacific Crest Trail Commitment-Phobe

I have been moving toward hiking the PCT for over a year. I took a contract that would finish around the right time; applied for the permit during a nerve-racking...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cat Morton
How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

“It’s official,” I told my friend on the phone as I stepped outside and braced against the cold. “I just blew up my life.” The day was January 6, 2019,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined by legendary PCT trail angel Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven.  Donna comes by her trail name,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Zach
How to Safely Post Your Thru-Hike on Social Media

How to Safely Post Your Thru-Hike on Social Media

Many people are astounded when I tell them of my and Alex’s plans to thru-hike Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this summer. Their astonishment stems from a few areas, and is usually...

Jan 20, 2020 : Maggie Mitchell
A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

It’s January of a new decade and ’tis the season for ambitious lists, goals, and vision boards for the coming year—adventurous ambitions hopefully among them. We set goals to push...

Jan 20, 2020 : Effie Drew
Pre-Trail Depression: An Introduction, My Mission, and an Update

Pre-Trail Depression: An Introduction, My Mission, and an Update

Hello, my name is Logan Nigh, and I  love you. I will be attempting to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail on May 13 heading northbound. In short I am a...

Jan 20, 2020 : Logan Nigh
Going With the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Going With the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Fast flowing rivers are among the most dangerous hazards that hikers regularly negotiate in the backcountry. This post outlines the tactics and techniques to more safely cross swollen creeks and...

Jan 20, 2020 : Zacc Larkin
Park Service Considers Options for Repairing AT Footbridge at Harpers Ferry

Park Service Considers Options for Repairing AT Footbridge at Harpers Ferry

The Appalachian Trail footbridge across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry remains closed to hikers as the National Park Service assesses the damage and considers how to pay for repairs....

Jan 20, 2020 : Hugh Owen
A True Pilgrimage: Trust Where Your Feet Will Take You

A True Pilgrimage: Trust Where Your Feet Will Take You

I rolled over on my sleeping pad and let the air expel from my bed. After a long day of climbing through the backcountry of New Zealand my body needed...

Jan 19, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak