Thru-Hiking Culture

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Some might describe Trail Days in Damascus, VA as time when AT hikers, both current and former, gather to share stories and the camaraderie of the trail community. It can...

May 23, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

It's no secret that the way to a thru-hiker's heart is through their stomach. Ramen bombs are great and all, but when you're burning 4,000 calories a day there's nothing...

May 14, 2024 : Ariella Nardizzi
Yellow Is the New White: Yellow Emergency Hiking Brick Becomes AT Icon

Yellow Is the New White: Yellow Emergency Hiking Brick Becomes AT Icon

The most famous Appalachian Trail thru-hiker of 2024 is an unflappable yellow brick. If you're on social media or deeply embedded in the hiking community, you may have already heard...

Apr 29, 2024 : Kelly Floro
Hiker’s Choice: The Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

Hiker’s Choice: The Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

Hostels are a special part of the Appalachian Trail experience. From renovated farmhouses to uniquely styled bunkhouses to rooms in private homes, each hostel has its own character. In our...

Apr 25, 2024 : Diane Duffard
22 Trek Bloggers on the Appalachian Trail You Should Be Following in 2024

22 Trek Bloggers on the Appalachian Trail You Should Be Following in 2024

As the hiking season officially kicks into high gear, the Appalachian Trail welcomes yet another class of thru-hikers, all of who are hopeful to complete the entire 2,190-mile journey. Some...

Apr 17, 2024 : Kendra Slagter
The AT Is Crowded. Why Not Start Your Thru-Hike on the Benton Mackaye Trail Instead?

The AT Is Crowded. Why Not Start Your Thru-Hike on the Benton Mackaye Trail Instead?

It’s March, and the Appalachian Trail is teeming with humanity. Thousands attempt to hike the iconic footpath each year — and for better or worse, many of them start in...

Mar 8, 2024 : Kelly Floro
Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

New Year, New Trail After a year away from thru-hiking, it's time to get back onto the trail. Since immersing myself in thru-hiking culture in 2017, it's been a significant...

Feb 26, 2024 : Thomas Allie
Excerpt From Where the Rhododendrons Bloom: New AT Memoir by Audrey Payne

Excerpt From Where the Rhododendrons Bloom: New AT Memoir by Audrey Payne

There was a time, not so very long ago, when doing the most mundane activities sent my body into spasms of pain. Sitting at my desk for more than 15...

Feb 8, 2024 : Audrey Payne
The Slow and Grueling Transition to Society

The Slow and Grueling Transition to Society

It has been well over a minute since I summited Katahdin and my return to society, the "real world". While it is nice to sleep in a warm soft bed...

Feb 4, 2024 : Guinevere Drabik
Returning to Trail in 2024!

Returning to Trail in 2024!

Optimist Prime Here! After a long hiatus, I am back with big news! The dream of the Triple Crown continues with the Appalachian Trail in 2024. After a year break...

Feb 3, 2024 : Thomas Allie