Thru-Hiking Culture

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
Everyone’s Got Baggage: Why We Don’t Weigh Sentimental Items

Everyone’s Got Baggage: Why We Don’t Weigh Sentimental Items

Despite a desire to keep base weight down, most hikers carry something "non-essential".

Oct 9, 2020 : Saoirse Ibarguen
Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Hiking has a powerful way of shattering our guards and inviting our most authentic selves into the world. The trail breaks down barriers in a way that makes it possible...

Sep 28, 2020 : Katie Kommer
[Book Review] The Trail is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail

[Book Review] The Trail is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail

Clay Bonnyman Evans's new book about his Appalachian Trail hike—The Trail Is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail—is a delightful read, filled with trail icons, trail characters,

Sep 23, 2020 : Hugh Owen
I Need Some Space: Hiking with Partners, Solo, and with Trail Families

I Need Some Space: Hiking with Partners, Solo, and with Trail Families

Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, or something in between, thru-hiking can change the way you think about social interaction. Some days you have to hike alone, and some days, a...

Sep 15, 2020 : Saoirse Ibarguen
[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

Returning to Katahdin: A Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Author: Bruce “RTK” Matson Publisher: Campbell & Parker, 221 pp. with black-and-white photos MSRP: $9.99 Where to buy: Available

Jul 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

The following is a guest post courtesy of Marie Draws. Marie is a PCT thru-hiker and artist who is using her skills to tell the stories of backpackers from diverse...

Jul 4, 2020 : Guest Post
Why I Started the Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Group

Why I Started the Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Group

Candi, 28, started The Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Facebook group. Candi values getting lost in nature and helping others in need. For many thru-hiking hopefuls, social media

Jun 17, 2020 : Guest Post