The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 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....

Nov 20, 2018 : Mariposa
An Epic Ending to Our Long Journey

An Epic Ending to Our Long Journey

We finished at Springer Mountain on Nov. 11 at 10:15 p.m. after hiking 30 miles in 15 hours. We wanted to end big and we did!  We started our journey...

Nov 19, 2018 : Julie Wilson-Freeman
Mentally Successful Thru-Hiking

Mentally Successful Thru-Hiking

When it comes to planning a successful thru-hike, one aspect that I feel many have overlooked is mental preparedness and maintaining mental health. Most beginner long-distance hikers seem to focus a

Nov 19, 2018 : Luke Custer
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to feature the photo of you crossing the finish line! This

Nov 18, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Maine Became a Mental Challenge

Maine Became a Mental Challenge

After the incredible White Mountains, I finally reached Maine, the last state on my journey. Check out the video: the spectacular White Mountains, I was ready to be done. My...

Nov 18, 2018 : Danny Strayer
The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

Well, I did it. I started April 22 and finished Aug. 31. In 132 days (four months and nine days), I took every step between Springer Mountain in Georgia and...

Nov 18, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Keeping Motivated in Tough Times – Southern Virginia

Keeping Motivated in Tough Times – Southern Virginia

Southern Virginia (Oct. 16 - Oct. 21) 86 miles, six days (Atkins to Damascus) Day 111: Mile 1,645 I left off the last post checking into the Atkins Comfort Inn....

Nov 18, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
Trail Correspondents Episode #16: The End

Trail Correspondents Episode #16: The End

If this episode doesn't give you goosebumps, seek medical attention.  Today we hear from our hikers at the end of their journeys.  More specifically, they give us two different check...

Nov 18, 2018 : Zach
Confessions of the Stay-at-Home Hiker

Confessions of the Stay-at-Home Hiker

(Guest blog appearance from my wife, Sue.) Yep, I’m the one at home. I’m the one who watched Mr Maps read The Trek on his phone while still lying in...

Nov 17, 2018 : Paul Monsen
House Takes Step to End Protection for Gray Wolves

House Takes Step to End Protection for Gray Wolves

The House of Representatives voted Friday, Nov. 16, to end more than 40 years of legal protections for gray wolves in the continental United States. The action comes as the...

Nov 17, 2018 : Hugh Owen