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A Cautionary Tale of Statins, Thru-Hiking, and Rhabdomyolysis

A Cautionary Tale of Statins, Thru-Hiking, and Rhabdomyolysis

I am writing this as a cautionary tale to all those thru-hikers who, like me, have been prescribed statins on the advice of their doctor. I took two kinds of...

Sep 30, 2022 : Guest Post
6 Useful Items You Can Almost Always Find in an AT Hiker Box

6 Useful Items You Can Almost Always Find in an AT Hiker Box

What's the first thing you should do when you get to town? Shower, laundry, see how many slices of pizza you can fit in your mouth at once? All great...

Aug 23, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Handling Rain on the Appalachian Trail

Handling Rain on the Appalachian Trail

The AT is known for being the rainiest of the major thru-hikes. Data shows most years often over a third of the 2,194 + miles of the AT will be...

Aug 18, 2022 : Sonic Boom
Nifty Tricks I have learned on the AT so far

Nifty Tricks I have learned on the AT so far

So far on the trail I have learned a lot about how to make mutli-functional use of items in order to save weight and make items last. It has been...

Aug 18, 2022 : Sonic Boom
Fishbowls and Forest Fires: Reflections from Around Mile 500

Fishbowls and Forest Fires: Reflections from Around Mile 500

These colonizer ideals of conquest and calling Mt. Washington a, “beast,” are awfully played out. The metaphors are too easy to grasp. So I implore hikers to consider that this...

Aug 17, 2022 : Nash Calvin
How To Thru-Hike in Everyday Life

How To Thru-Hike in Everyday Life

Even the schedule on trail is loose and lackadaisical. It is challenging, but attainable. You start from Point A and eventually end at Point B. It’s so simple, routine, and...

Jul 22, 2022 : Nash Calvin
5 Common Snakes You Might Encounter on the Appalachian Trail

5 Common Snakes You Might Encounter on the Appalachian Trail

Here at The Trek, we’re no strangers to the backcountry tradition of being aggressively and mortally afraid of various wildlife. You name it, chances are one of us has nursed...

Jun 17, 2022 : Kelly Floro
7 Ways AT Thru-Hikers Survive Rocksylvania with Their Feet Intact

7 Ways AT Thru-Hikers Survive Rocksylvania with Their Feet Intact

Rocksylvania, Bootsylvania, Painsylvania… the Appalachian Trail’s seventh northernmost state goes by many names. But with or without a snappy moniker, all AT thru-hikers know to fear the infamous

May 18, 2022 : Kelly Floro
7 Tick-Borne Diseases (Besides Lyme) to Watch Out For on the AT

7 Tick-Borne Diseases (Besides Lyme) to Watch Out For on the AT

My number one fear as a thru-hiker? Ticks. Yes, really. Is it that crazy to be afraid of a many-limbed, blood-sucking monster so minuscule I might not even notice when...

May 13, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Your Body is a Miraculous Machine!

Your Body is a Miraculous Machine!

Thru-hiking has taught me a lot about my body, which I feel is empowering. It's shown me that we humans are amazing and capable! As I feel my body adapt...

Apr 17, 2022 : Olivia Gerstenbacher