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Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Summer

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Summer

Say hello to 15+ hours of daylight, refreshing mountain streams, and endless miles of green tunnel. That’s right. It’s summer in the Appalachians which means hiking season is in full...

Jul 2, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Clothing for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Our Recommended System, Fabrics, and Products

Clothing for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Our Recommended System, Fabrics, and Products

Dressing for a six-month Appalachian Trail thru-hike is deceptively simple, but actually takes a lot of strategizing. You have limited capacity for carrying clothing, yet you need to be prepared...

Jun 24, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
The Truth Behind 9 Common Appalachian Trail Myths

The Truth Behind 9 Common Appalachian Trail Myths

Whether you’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail, are in the planning stages, or simply dreaming, chances are you’ve heard a lot of “facts” about the AT that may or may not...

Jun 24, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Share 99 Tips for Aspiring Thru-Hikers

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Share 99 Tips for Aspiring Thru-Hikers

If you’re thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail, you probably have a lot of questions right about now. Who better to answer them than the people who have already been...

Jun 17, 2019 : Kelly Floro
2019 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear and Top Advice

2019 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear and Top Advice

We're a few solid months into thru-hiker season on the Appalachian Trail, and it seemed as good a time as any to check in with our bloggers. We asked for...

May 23, 2019 : The Editors
Feeling Safe Again on the Appalachian Trail

Feeling Safe Again on the Appalachian Trail

The recent killing on the Appalachian Trail of Jim: What about weapons? I get asked all the time if I carry a gun on the trail. Howard: While it is...

May 22, 2019 : Jim Rahtz
Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

We'll be the first ones to say it: with few exceptions, it's not really necessary to send mail drops on the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers have the option of hiking through...

Apr 17, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
The Inside Dirt on Vermont’s Mud Season

The Inside Dirt on Vermont’s Mud Season

The following is a guest post courtesy of Kristin McLane from the Green Mountain Club Vermont. Frequently known on the Appalachian Trail as “Vermud.” Both the Long Trail, which runs 272...

Mar 26, 2019 : Guest Post
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

This is the first in a series of posts called "Wisdom from the (Recent) Past" (inspired by a Mackenzie “Wilt” Wieder | March 22nd - September 10th, NOBO "...I miss...

Mar 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in Spring

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in Spring

Springtime on the Appalachian Trail—can it get any better? I submit that it cannot. Nestled between the subzero temperatures of mountain winters and the overwhelming crowds of summer, the

Mar 11, 2019 : Brandon Chase