Thru-Hiking Culture

Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Waynesboro, VA

Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Waynesboro, VA

Featured Image Photo Via Hannah Comer (Instagram: Photo by Overview Stanimal's 328 Hostel is hiker-run and has everything, including laundry and pick-up/return to the trail, but is a bit northwest

May 21, 2017 : James Cape
Appalachian Trail Game Launches on Android and iOS

Appalachian Trail Game Launches on Android and iOS

Calling all thru-hikers, thru-hiker hopefuls, and Oregon Trail aficionados. We now have a chance to send a hapless digital hiker through the trials and tribulations of an AT thru-hike, with...

May 16, 2017 : The Editors
24 Insane Thru-Hike Transformation Photos

24 Insane Thru-Hike Transformation Photos

One of the (only) givens of a thru-hike is that you're going to undergo some sort of physical transformation. Each hiker is different—from extreme facial hair, to over 100 pounds...

May 12, 2017 : The Editors
Tales from the Trail: Volume IV

Tales from the Trail: Volume IV

In this week's edition of Tales from the Trail, we get one of the most accurate descriptions of hiking the Appalachian Trail on record: "If the AT has taught me...

May 11, 2017 : The Editors
3 Ways To Take A “Trailcation” On a Thru-Hike

3 Ways To Take A “Trailcation” On a Thru-Hike

Trailcation: Taking A Vacation and/or Break From the Trail During my thru-hike, I took advantage of nero's and zeros, turning them into trailcations. Hiking day after day is insane. Even...

May 5, 2017 : Danielle
How Long-Distance Backpacking Changes Your Relationship with the Outdoors

How Long-Distance Backpacking Changes Your Relationship with the Outdoors

Did you know National Trails Day is coming up? Did you know it existed? On June 3rd, clubs and organizations around the country will host trail building, maintenance, and educational...

May 5, 2017 : The Editors
Lessons From a Super-Soaker Turned Super-Hiker

Lessons From a Super-Soaker Turned Super-Hiker

 Testing the Waters Somewhere in the Hundred-Mile-Wilderness, Lisa tucked herself behind a large boulder and waited. She was alone. Just her and an outdated backpack loaded with all of the...

May 5, 2017 : Kyle Sauerbrunn
Made to be Broken: the Karl Meltzer Story

Made to be Broken: the Karl Meltzer Story

‘Made to be Broken’ is a film about Karl Meltzer falling down. Watch this incredible video here But then, it might be more appropriate to say that Red Bull’s documentary...

Apr 13, 2017 : Maggie Wallace
Behold The Trek’s Most Popular Posts

Behold The Trek’s Most Popular Posts

Like any content-driven platform, our posts have a huge variance in popularity. Here are the most popular posts in our entire history (which is only around four years, to be fair)....

Apr 11, 2017 : The Editors
Springer – Neel Gap Revisited

Springer – Neel Gap Revisited

On 28 February 2014 my son and I were stood on Springer Mountain ready to start our Appalachian Trail thru-hike. On 4 August 2014 we summitedI loved my experience the...

Apr 2, 2017 : Paul "BigTex" Bunker