Thru-Hiking Culture

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 9

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 9

We're excited to announce our next wave of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Finishers! These folks spent months on trail hiking towards their long-time goal: making it to the Katahdin terminus. It's...

Sep 27, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
There is No “Done”: Reflections on a Completed AT Thru-Hike

There is No “Done”: Reflections on a Completed AT Thru-Hike

Even the Appalachian Mountains were fallible, carved and folded into their present form by calamitous, earth-shattering forces. And yet they lay under my feet as steady and solid as anything.

Sep 26, 2022 : Emilee Hackney
Glorious Handwashing, An Ode to Plumbing

Glorious Handwashing, An Ode to Plumbing

“I’m getting used to the idea of washing my face with cold water!” Two 20 something year old women stood at the hut bathroom’s cold running water sinks. Somewhere in...

Sep 25, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 8

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 8

This is it. This is the moment. The moment these hikers have been working towards for months: The final steps upon Katahdin. 2,193 miles, 14 states, 515,000 feet of elevation...

Sep 17, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 7

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 7

Incoming! Part 7 of our Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Finisher Series is here! After months of crushing miles and pushing through the highs and lows of thru-hiking, these incredible individuals

Sep 5, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 6

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 6

Ah, the Appalachian Trail. One of America's most iconic trails. The AT spans 2190 miles through fourteen states and along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The...

Aug 30, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 5

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 5

Everyone has a handful of moments throughout their lives that feel like victorious milestones: moments in life that they have worked towards and successfully achieved, whether that's graduating

Aug 22, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
Pre-Dawn Walks and Physical Therapy: 2023 Hike Prep

Pre-Dawn Walks and Physical Therapy: 2023 Hike Prep

In Spring 2023, I will hike sections of the Appalachian Trail, creating videotaped presentations on the cultural and natural history of each section. I’ll be documenting the preparation here, so

Aug 20, 2022 : Ruth Nasrullah
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