Thru-Hiking Culture

Examining the Real Numbers Behind Violent Instances on the Appalachian Trail

Examining the Real Numbers Behind Violent Instances on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail community was shocked when one hiker was killed and another critically wounded in a recent pre-dawn attack on the trail. court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. Jordan was

May 24, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

“The cause that I am focused on for whatever years I have remaining is to see that Congress do for the other National Scenic Trails what it has done for...

May 17, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Appalachian Trail northbounders are out in force and the flip-floppers are starting to join them. They’ve been blessing our Instagram feeds with the good stuff, so welcome back to our...

May 16, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Appalachian Trail State Profile: Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania—somewhat affectionately known as "Rocksylvania" amongst AT hikers—represents 229 miles of the Appalachian Trail.  The state falls at the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, beginning at

May 7, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Hang Out with The Trek at Trail Days 2019

Hang Out with The Trek at Trail Days 2019

April showers bring May flowers AT Trail Days and also more showers. That's right, the page on the 2019 calendar has been flipped a handful of times, which means it's time...

May 6, 2019 : Zach
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Appalachian Trail northbounders are out in force and they’ve been blessing our Instagram feeds with the good stuff, so welcome back to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful,

May 4, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio II

Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio II

Round two of the Appalachian Trail themed tattoos coming at ya. These tattoos are so inspiring I want to go hike another trail just so I can get one in...

Apr 22, 2019 : Tide Walker
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Appalachian Trail northbounders are out in force and they’ve been blessing our Instagram feeds with the good stuff, so welcome back to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful,

Apr 19, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio I

Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio I

Our recent call for thru- hike-inspired tattoos garnered an overwhelming response. So many that we'll be publishing two posts on AT tattoos and one for PCT tattoos, along with other...

Apr 18, 2019 : Tide Walker
Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

In more than 2,100 miles of hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I never got a single blister on my feet. That was thanks, in part, to the miracle of...

Apr 15, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans