Thru-Hiking Culture

Golden Rules for Thru-Hikers: There’s More Than LNT

Golden Rules for Thru-Hikers: There’s More Than LNT

I want to preface this by saying there are so many amazing thru-hikers. Most of whom would do anything to help you, always have a positive word to say, and...

Jul 16, 2018 : Eiryn Reynolds
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 featured photos

Jul 12, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
5 Reasons You Should Totally Pick Up Hitchhiking Thru-Hikers

5 Reasons You Should Totally Pick Up Hitchhiking Thru-Hikers

Last week, I picked up my very first hitchhiker! Does that sound a tad risqué? What I actually meant is that I gave an AT thru-hiker a ride to the...

Jul 11, 2018 : Andrea Davis
July Is Appalachian Trail Magic Month in NJ and NY

July Is Appalachian Trail Magic Month in NJ and NY

The states of New York And New Jersey are officially claiming the month of July as "Appalachian Trail Magic Month." The Trail Conference warmly welcomes the Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Class...

Jul 6, 2018 : Andrea Davis
A Father and Son’s Five Favorite Things From Their 2017 AT Hike

A Father and Son’s Five Favorite Things From Their 2017 AT Hike

My son and I were asked what the best part of our thru-hike was. Here is what we came up with. Aidan’s (Age 14) Top Five 1) Kindness of Strangers...

Jul 5, 2018 : Scott
9 Thru-Hiking Photographers You Need to Be Following In 2018

9 Thru-Hiking Photographers You Need to Be Following In 2018

It's no secret that being a successful thru-hiker requires a tremendous amount of patience. It calls for adeptness and a whole lot of willpower. What's even more supernatural? Killing the...

Jul 5, 2018 : Andrea Davis
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

Jun 26, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

(AT Thru-Hikers Admiral and Little Brother; waiting for Trail Family to summit Mt. Katahdin) The down time between wandering can be a heartbreaking time. There is an extreme longing to...

Jun 22, 2018 : Shay Hunter
Pacing Problems: Why I Split Up with My Original Hiking Partner

Pacing Problems: Why I Split Up with My Original Hiking Partner

I always tell people that thru-hiking with someone is bigger than living with someone. Even if you share a tiny studio apartment with an intimate partner, you’ll usually have some...

Jun 12, 2018 : Sarah Karner
The Psychological Impact of a Thru-Hike on Children and Adolescents

The Psychological Impact of a Thru-Hike on Children and Adolescents

When considering the most difficult part of a long-distance hike, many thru-hikers cite the mental game. The physical challenges are undeniable, and those thru-hikers who choose to leave the trail

Jun 8, 2018 : Scott