Great Smoky Mountains National Park Reopening Limited Services

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Reopening Limited Services

Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopened some campgrounds and restrooms in the park that had been closed since the partial federal government shutdown began in December. The National Park

Jan 16, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Meet the 2019 Badger Sponsorship Winners!

Just a few weeks ago we unveiled the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 or Gossamer Gear Backpack Choice between one (1) Therm-a-Rest Hyperion Sleeping Bag One (1) Altra One (1) Darn Tough Socks One

Jan 15, 2019 : Zach
Lessons Learned From My 2018 Thru-Hike Attempt

Lessons Learned From My 2018 Thru-Hike Attempt

With the new year comes a new hiking season and it seems like a good time to reflect on some lessons learned during my failed thru-hike attempt last year, a...

Jan 15, 2019 : Hiker Historian (“Double H”)
Now That I’ve Said It, I’ve Got to Go and Do It

Now That I’ve Said It, I’ve Got to Go and Do It

Two years ago, during my penultimate year at university, I decided I wanted to take a gap year to go traveling  after graduating. I knew I wanted to do "something"...

Jan 15, 2019 : Lucy
It’s Going to be My Dream Come Thru

It’s Going to be My Dream Come Thru

Over the past few months, I have started sharing my plans to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (the AT) with friends, family, coworkers, and basically anyone who will listen to me...

Jan 14, 2019 : Katy Amphlett
ProjectMOVE: My Triple Crown Attempt

ProjectMOVE: My Triple Crown Attempt

And it begins. Growing up I truly never would have thought I would be leaving my job, family, friends, and most importantly, a real bed. On purpose. But here I...

Jan 14, 2019 : Parker Semin
Books to Read Before a Challenge, Change, or Crossroads

Books to Read Before a Challenge, Change, or Crossroads

In 2018, I decided to read 365 books and finished out the year at 390. That's 128,796 pages, give or take a few. I went through memoirs, Appalachian Trail books,...

Jan 14, 2019 : Katharine
Wearing Your House: Selecting My Gear, Part 2

Wearing Your House: Selecting My Gear, Part 2

There's the matter of what one will be wearing on such an excursion. Your entire life is on your back. It certainly brings life to the phrase "the world is...

Jan 13, 2019 : Madeleine Shell
Packing, Part 1: Six Months of Wilderness Living

Packing, Part 1: Six Months of Wilderness Living

Choices have been made. It’s surreal and exciting! You're packing; your feet begin tingling for trail. You can almost taste dewy, morning air and see sunlight peeking over the horizon....

Jan 13, 2019 : Madeleine Shell
My Final Days on the AT; What’s Next?

My Final Days on the AT; What’s Next?

It's been a month and I'm still coming around to the idea that I completed my 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I started June 15 and finished on Dec. 12, a...

Jan 12, 2019 : Alexa Tubbs