Thru-Hiking Culture

The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Companions and Demographics

The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Companions and Demographics

Long overlooked in our annual surveys, Appalachian Trail (AT) section hikers were the focus of this year’s survey. We surveyed 448 people, 43 of whom had completed the entire AT...

Jan 26, 2021 : Mariposa
The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Motives and Logistics

The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Motives and Logistics

Long overlooked in our annual surveys, Appalachian Trail (AT) section hikers were the focus of this year's survey. We surveyed 448 people, 34 of whom had completed the entire AT...

Jan 6, 2021 : Mariposa
Prepping the Pup

Prepping the Pup

Now that you know all about Tate, aka Baked Potato, it’s time to fill you in on the tips of prepping this eight-month-old for his thru-hike. Training The original thought...

Dec 17, 2020 : Sarah Caldwell
Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

I have been trying to get back to the Appalachian Trail for years.  The last time I camped overnight on the trail was in August 2000, when I did a...

Dec 16, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
Who are Scooch and Tate?

Who are Scooch and Tate?

  The post you have been waiting so eagerly for! The post about who we are, where our trail names came from, and just random information on our thru hike!...

Dec 11, 2020 : Sarah Caldwell
[Book Review] 2000 Miles Together — The Raw, Unexpurgated Story of the Crawford Family

[Book Review] 2000 Miles Together — The Raw, Unexpurgated Story of the Crawford Family

On March 1, 2018, Ben Crawford ushered his wife and six children, ages two to 16, onto the then-2,189-mile Appalachian Trail. He then filmed the good, the bad, and the...

Nov 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Appalachian Trail Section Hikers: Share Your Experiences with Us!

Appalachian Trail Section Hikers: Share Your Experiences with Us!

Appalachian Trail section hikers...we want you! If you've taken on the Appalachian Trail in pieces, whether you intend to finish the complete trail or not, we want to highlight your...

Nov 5, 2020 : The Editors
5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

Nowadays, traveling alone as a girl seems to be frowned upon. It’s seen as dangerous and unsafe. We’re told not to go out alone, especially in the wilderness. But why...

Oct 18, 2020 : Kaylin
Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. Between 1948 and 1951, just three men walked...

Oct 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Native American History on the Appalachian Trail: 9 Iconic Places

Native American History on the Appalachian Trail: 9 Iconic Places

Agiocochook, home of the Great Spirit, towered above every other peak in the Wombanednok Mountains. According to the tradition of the local Abenaki people, the mountaintops were dwellings for the

Oct 12, 2020 : Kelly Floro