Thru-Hiking Culture

What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

Even though the people you meet on the trail represent a wide range of ages, thru-hiking after 50 puts you in the minority. In fact, the annual Appalachian Trail Pappy...

Jan 11, 2019 : Joellyn Sargent
What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

Class is in session! To help prep for your long-distance hike, we begin by addressing common new-hiker fears - what are you afraid of? To answer that, we present the first...

Jan 8, 2019 : Gary Sizer
My AT Adventures Began in 1975. It’s Been a Great Trip

My AT Adventures Began in 1975. It’s Been a Great Trip

It was my second day SOBO on the Appalachian Trail from Katahdin. The sky was covered in windblown clouds, but I drew comfort from the fire I had going on...

Dec 25, 2018 : Hugh Owen
Stories From The Trail Presents: Long-Distance Prep School

Stories From The Trail Presents: Long-Distance Prep School

You're going to school! Stories From The Trail on Discord (Be sure to join the Voice Channel "TheShow" or you won't hear us) Stories From The Trail on Instagram Gary Sizer...

Dec 23, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

2018 is coming to a close and so are our compilations of those who became thru-hikers in 2018, either again or for the first time. A big ol, huge congratulations...

Dec 17, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week. This week features photos

Dec 12, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
183 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

183 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

Each year, we invite Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to send us their finish photos, whether they’re lifting their pack over their head atop Katahdin, touching the sign at Springer, or giving...

Dec 12, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
Hiking Across America Means Hiking Through a Divided Nation

Hiking Across America Means Hiking Through a Divided Nation

Last summer I embarked on a hike that led me over the hallowed grounds of the Civil War. Stone tablets marking significant sites along my route had themselves become historical...

Dec 10, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week. This week features photos

Nov 29, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Prepare for, and Learn from, the Unexpected

Prepare for, and Learn from, the Unexpected

Hikers spend months to years planning their thru-hike. When should I set my start date? How much time should I take off from work? What backpack should I use? Should...

Nov 29, 2018 : Ashley Samuel