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Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

As 2020 winds down, a third wave of COVID-19 infections is engulfing the United States, with the number of daily cases more than tripling over the previous August high and...

Dec 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
My Biggest Appalachian Trail Gear Regrets

My Biggest Appalachian Trail Gear Regrets

Personally, I don’t subscribe to the belief that I need to admit when I’m “wrong” or “make mistakes.” But fortunately for us, Saoirse “Story” Ibargüen is a better person than...

Dec 10, 2020 : Sarah
19 Things 2021 Appalachian Trail Hikers Need to Know

19 Things 2021 Appalachian Trail Hikers Need to Know

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a huge undertaking—and in the age of Covid, that could be more true now than it ever has been before. If you're thinking of hitting...

Dec 8, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Day Hiking – Staying Sane in Maine

Day Hiking – Staying Sane in Maine

  We all know how crazy of a year it’s been, I don’t think I have to go into any details about why. For me, and for many others, hiking...

Dec 3, 2020 : Kaylin
Accessing the Appalachian Trail: A List of Shuttles and Taxi Services

Accessing the Appalachian Trail: A List of Shuttles and Taxi Services

Originally published on 6/23/2016, updated on 11/23/2020 by Sarah Wolfson. Do a quick Google search of, "How do I get to on the AT?" and you won't get very far....

Nov 23, 2020 : High Five
How to Manage Hygiene on the Appalachian Trail

How to Manage Hygiene on the Appalachian Trail

So, you're off to hike the Appalachian Trail. You've bought your gear and prepped your pack with advice from gear experts and hiker pros. But how to broach the subject...

Nov 16, 2020 : Sarah
Can Thru-Hiking Bring Peace? A Combat Veteran’s Advice for Veterans

Can Thru-Hiking Bring Peace? A Combat Veteran’s Advice for Veterans

Like many combat veterans, Earl Shaffer returned home from war depressed, alienated, and confused. He'd spent years around some of the nastiest fighting World War II had to offer and...

Nov 11, 2020 : N. B. Hankes
Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

At almost 8,000 miles, the Triple Crown trails of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail are some of the best hiking in the world. No matter...

Nov 4, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Is a Winter AT Thru-Hike Right for You?

Is a Winter AT Thru-Hike Right for You?

Are you planning an AT thru-hike for next year and wondering if you should start early? I started my successful thru-hike on February 3rd, 2018. A winter start is hard,...

Oct 27, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

Nowadays, traveling alone as a girl seems to be frowned upon. It’s seen as dangerous and unsafe. We’re told not to go out alone, especially in the wilderness. But why...

Oct 18, 2020 : Kaylin