My Forbidden Love – The Appalachian Trail

My Forbidden Love – The Appalachian Trail

My tortured and forbidden love affair with her began in the fall of 1986. At that time I was 27 and she was 49.

Jan 12, 2020 : Dudley
Five Takeaways from Taum Sauk Shakedown

Five Takeaways from Taum Sauk Shakedown

I was able to go on a 26-mile shakedown hike a few days ago on the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail in Missouri and this is what I...

Jan 11, 2020 : Caleb Bess
“You’re Going to do What?!” Responses Everyone Says to a Potential Thru-Hiker

“You’re Going to do What?!” Responses Everyone Says to a Potential Thru-Hiker

When I tell people that I’m going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, I get a mountain of questions. Some are basic questions because they don’t know much, if anything, about...

Jan 10, 2020 : Kayla Bold
Pre-Hike Insomnia

Pre-Hike Insomnia

I've had trouble sleeping, my mania is all over the place.  I think of the trail during the entire day, but I can't seem to feel like I'm making any...

Jan 10, 2020 : Beth
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Obviously, I want to finish a thru-hike. I’m not hopping on the trail all willy-nilly and just seeing what happens. I have a clear and defined goal for the next...

Jan 9, 2020 : John Mecklin
Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

In 2019, we surveyed 365 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) . We asked these hikers about the sleeping bags they used, as well as quilts...

Jan 9, 2020 : Mariposa
Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Thru-hiking in 2020?  Let's chat! The Trek is looking for a handful of thru-hikers to showcase through their social media channels in 2020.  Specifically, we're looking to feature those who...

Jan 6, 2020 : The Editors
A New(bie) Thru-Hiker Take on the Pre-Thru-Hike Gear List

A New(bie) Thru-Hiker Take on the Pre-Thru-Hike Gear List

I know what you're thinking. "Oh God, another gear list." Well, I can promise you that this one is short, sweet, and relatively painless to get through. It also doesn't...

Jan 5, 2020 : Andrea Johnson
The Bumpy Road That Led Me to Thru-Hike the AT

The Bumpy Road That Led Me to Thru-Hike the AT

Who Is Kayla? Hey! My name is Kayla, I am 25 years old and I just graduated from Austin Community College with an associate's degree in business administration. I currently...

Jan 5, 2020 : Kayla Bold