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A Photographer’s Favorite Images From The Appalachian Trail

A Photographer’s Favorite Images From The Appalachian Trail

The 2018 Appalachian Trail hiking season is nearly upon us, and potential thru-hikers are setting off on an enormous journey. For me, having daily reminders of why I would even...

Feb 13, 2018 : Koty Sapp
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: A Trail Less Traveled

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: A Trail Less Traveled

I’m first and foremost a paddler. When I initially announced that I was planning a 2016 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) paddling friend of...

Feb 11, 2018 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Seven Must-Do Day Hikes on the International Appalachian Trail

Seven Must-Do Day Hikes on the International Appalachian Trail

Gaspé Peninsula is a wide and sparsely populated area covered by forest and mountains. The IAT traverse the length of the peninsula, but not everybody wants to do the whole...

Jan 31, 2018 : Pierre-Yves St-Onge
New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The Empire State is known throughout the AT community for being Total Distance: 3.6 miles (with longer options available) About The Hike: Located only an hour outside of NYC, Bear...

Jan 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Four Ugly Truths and Four Beautiful Realities About the Suck

Four Ugly Truths and Four Beautiful Realities About the Suck

The suck is an inescapable aspect of long-distance backpacking; no one eludes it. It is savage and unrelenting. It also, if you manage not to flee from it, yields breathtaking...

Jan 8, 2018 : Notebook
A Terrain In Wavelengths: How Music Can Shape A Hike

A Terrain In Wavelengths: How Music Can Shape A Hike

Have you ever been in the centre of a debate regarding music on the trail? I'm not talking about someone blasting speakers and disturbing the peace, I'm talking about hiking...

Jan 8, 2018 : Amber Redfield
Thru-Hiker Thoughts: How I Realized Why I was Hiking the AT

Thru-Hiker Thoughts: How I Realized Why I was Hiking the AT

I had lost sight of a specific reason why I was hiking the Appalachian Trail. It was becoming so daunting that I couldn't even provide an answer to all that...

Dec 18, 2017 : Raider
25 Miles Through the Smokies: DIY Loop From Cosby Campground

25 Miles Through the Smokies: DIY Loop From Cosby Campground

There are well over a hundred different trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the opportunity for a three-day hike gave my friends and me the overwhelming choice...

Nov 27, 2017 : Michael Bullard
2017 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Most Memorable Photos

2017 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Most Memorable Photos

When a thru-hike is over, what do you have left? The journey might have ended, but the experience lives on in memories, and stories, and photos. Here, we've collected some...

Nov 22, 2017 : The Editors
Why They Walked: Portraits of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

I started photographing Appalachian Trail thru-hikers in my home state of Maine eleven years ago. As a professional photographer with a degree in photojournalism, I was curious to learn the...

Nov 8, 2017 : Chris Bennett