Thru-Hiking Culture

Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

If you're running a small business along the trail, this is for you!

Mar 28, 2020 : Sydney Brehm
Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

I don't remember when I met Randy Fuller, aka Survivor, but I know when I said goodbye. Last July, both of us were midway through our northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike...

Mar 18, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

In the grand scheme of people, events, and industries impacted by the coronavirus, a thru-hike falls somewhere in the middle. It's a huge commitment and has a major impact on...

Mar 16, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

All along the rock-strewn trails of Pennsylvania, there have been rumors of a man leaving spoons out on the trail for hikers to find. Well, the rumors are true. And...

Mar 8, 2020 : Bloodhound
How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

“It’s official,” I told my friend on the phone as I stepped outside and braced against the cold. “I just blew up my life.” The day was January 6, 2019,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cari Pattison
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Thru-hiking in 2020?  Let's chat! The Trek is looking for a handful of thru-hikers to showcase through their social media channels in 2020.  Specifically, we're looking to feature those who...

Jan 6, 2020 : The Editors
Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

We take to the trails for a simpler life, engaging the rhythms of nature, joining a community of like-minded people. Our days on trail follow the rising and setting of...

Jan 2, 2020 : Hugh Owen
You Might Be Hiker Trash If…

You Might Be Hiker Trash If…

hiker trash haɪk•r træʃ noun US informal the endearing term used within the hiking community to describe a hiker or group of hikers who have acclimated to a lower standard of living....

Dec 23, 2019 : Melissa
16 Things 2020 Thru-Hikers Need to Know

16 Things 2020 Thru-Hikers Need to Know

It’s that time of year again! Hikers around the globe are crossing the last pieces of gear off their list, finalizing mail drops, and making plans to head toward the...

Dec 23, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn