Thru-Hiking Culture

Inside the Mind of a Triple-Triple Crowner: An Interview with “Lint”

Inside the Mind of a Triple-Triple Crowner: An Interview with “Lint”

Some people set out on a thru-hike and quit. Others complete the hike and decide it was fun, but not fun enough to do again. Those who can't stop might hike the...

Mar 29, 2017 : The Editors
Help The Hiker Yearbook Win a Small-Business Grant!

Help The Hiker Yearbook Win a Small-Business Grant!

"I've seen a lot of books on the Appalachian Trail. Finally, somebody got it right. It's about the people" - Hiker Alumni, Class of '75 Those who hike the Appalachian Trail...

Mar 27, 2017 : Guest Post
Favorite Sections on the Appalachian Trail

Favorite Sections on the Appalachian Trail

Hello again! It's time for our fourth and final installment of our series from the Most Difficult sections overlapped with these ones, and there were many more votes for favorite sections...

Mar 24, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
What’s In a Name? (Part 2) How They Earned Their Trail Names

What’s In a Name? (Part 2) How They Earned Their Trail Names

  Hi, everyone. Due to the outpouring of new stories and feedback from the community, I have gone ahead and included as many more fun and interesting trail name stories in...

Mar 23, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

Thru-hikers will use trekking poles to smash open discarded cans of fruit cocktail without a second thought, so it goes without saying that one of the greatest joys a hiker experiences...

Mar 23, 2017 : The Editors
6 Thru-Hiking Photographers You Need to Be Following

6 Thru-Hiking Photographers You Need to Be Following

Capturing pretty pictures from the backcountry requires only a camera and a desire to explore. Consistently snapping jaw-dropping, eye-catching, or otherwise standout photos, however, necessitates

Mar 19, 2017 : Zach
Least Favorite Sections on the Appalachian Trail

Least Favorite Sections on the Appalachian Trail

We were going to call this Worst Sections on the Appalachian Trail, but that didn't seem fair. These sections have their merits... those merits might just be harder to find...

Mar 15, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
Hostel Profile: Hiker Hostel, Dahlonega GA

Hostel Profile: Hiker Hostel, Dahlonega GA

Hostel name: Hiker Hostel Address: 7693 US-19 / Dahlonega, GA 30533 NOBO mile: 20.6, 6 miles east of Woody Gap SOBO mile: 2,169.2, 6 miles east of Woody Gap here...

Mar 9, 2017 : Hannah Bosel
The Easiest Sections on the Appalachian Trail

The Easiest Sections on the Appalachian Trail

Last week, we highlighted the 2016 thru-hiker survey. These sections boast rolling hills, smooth trail, farms, and at least in the 100 Mile Wilderness, amazing views without the soul-crushing effort

Mar 8, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
How Backpacking Gear Has Changed Through the Decades

How Backpacking Gear Has Changed Through the Decades

The evolution of the pack list.... If you're planning on hitting the trail this year, you're most likely fretting and constantly editing your pack list.  You put things in, you take...

Mar 7, 2017 : EarthTone