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Countdown for 2017 NorthBound AT Thru-Hike

Countdown for 2017 NorthBound AT Thru-Hike

Countdown: T-2 Weeks The time seems to be flying now. I continually find myself running through mental checklists to ensure that I have everything I need for the hike. This...

Mar 25, 2017 : Tom Rainer
How to Avoid Getting Lost on the Appalachian Trail

How to Avoid Getting Lost on the Appalachian Trail

It’s a beautiful day. You step off the trail for a snack or a pee break. When it’s time to return to the trail you can’t remember which way you...

Mar 22, 2017 : Carla Robertson
Complete List of Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

Complete List of Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

Hostels on the Appalachian Trail are part of what makes a thru-hike such a unique experience. Here, we've listed ~70 places to stay from Georgia to Maine, including a few that...

Mar 9, 2017 : The Editors
Lessons from a 2016 Hiker to the Class of 2017

Lessons from a 2016 Hiker to the Class of 2017

Dear Class of 2017 Thru-Hikers, Over the course of my 2,189 mile journey I learned a lot, both about myself and the trail. Now that I am several months removed...

Mar 7, 2017 : Will Babb
Class of 2017, Go Get ‘Em!

Class of 2017, Go Get ‘Em!

2016 Thru-Hiker Tailspin here! Well, I dropped off the face of the blogging world in Virginia during my hike last year. I can explain. My main focus during my hike other than...

Mar 2, 2017 : Ben Moster
Dogs and The Smokies: What You Need to Know

Dogs and The Smokies: What You Need to Know

There's nothing quite like heading into the great outdoors with my best friends. Those best friends happen to have four legs and waggy tails, and while I wish they could...

Feb 27, 2017 : Stacia Bennett
Backpacks and Gear: REI doesn’t know everything about gear

Backpacks and Gear: REI doesn’t know everything about gear

Before I successfully did a Southbound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, I as most people bought plethora of gear at REI. For many of us hikers, gear is like...

Feb 24, 2017 : Clayton Barker
Truck Bed Diaries: 6 Tips for Successful Hitching

Truck Bed Diaries: 6 Tips for Successful Hitching

When I first started doing research, reading about the trail and talking to experienced hikers about the trail, the subject of hitchhiking seemed to come up a lot. And I...

Feb 12, 2017 : The Stones
Trail Wisdom: Sayings, Proverbs and Mantras

Trail Wisdom: Sayings, Proverbs and Mantras

If a thru hike does nothing else, it gives you a lot of time to think. On any given day my thoughts would run the gamut from future life aspirations...

Feb 9, 2017 : Bug Juice
13 Things 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need to Know

13 Things 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need to Know

Setting out to thru-hike is a complicated, somewhat overwhelming process, and it's impossible to know what the entirety of 2,000+ miles will throw at you. With this in mind, we...

Feb 6, 2017 : The Editors