[Updated] AT Fully Reopens After Government Shutdown

[Updated] AT Fully Reopens After Government Shutdown

A shutdown of the US federal government began at midnight EST on January 20, 2018, with varying effects throughout government-managed public lands. About 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail is...

Jan 20, 2018 : The Editors
Four Weeks To Go And Still Trying To Figure It Out

Four Weeks To Go And Still Trying To Figure It Out

With about 30 days to go until kickoff, things are getting real here in the cold Northeast. I will be receiving the final pieces of gear tomorrow. I have been...

Jan 19, 2018 : Noel Nason
Fear Is A Mirror – Behold Your Reflection Your Way

Fear Is A Mirror – Behold Your Reflection Your Way

Have you ever had someone or something really shake the ground you were standing on? Did you get back up? Earlier this year, I went on a day hike on...

Jan 18, 2018 : Erin
As Thru-Hike Nears, Excitement Grows But Worries Linger

As Thru-Hike Nears, Excitement Grows But Worries Linger

What started as “hey, that sounds fun” has transitioned into “oh my gosh, I’m really going to do this and we leave when?” It’s been over two years since my...

Jan 18, 2018 : Drama Mama
My Favorite Appalachian Trail Vloggers

My Favorite Appalachian Trail Vloggers

I must confess that I did not follow Darwin on the Trail or Following Bigfoot on their actual AT thru-hikes but I greatly appreciate the wealth of hiking information that...

Jan 18, 2018 : Elaine Osmun
Three Pieces Of Gear That Changed My Hiking Life

Three Pieces Of Gear That Changed My Hiking Life

Sock liners: I think I first heard of these from a Following Bigfoot video.  I hiked and backpacked over 100 miles wearing sock liners in 2017 and was completely blister free. ...

Jan 18, 2018 : Elaine Osmun
Snow Puts Early End To Shakedown Hike In Wind River Range

Snow Puts Early End To Shakedown Hike In Wind River Range

In September, my friend Judy and I hiked 50 miles from the Elkhart Park Trailhead (elevation 9,280 feet) near Pinedale to the Big Sandy Trailhead (elevation 9,100 feet) closer to...

Jan 18, 2018 : Elaine Osmun
Following Montana’s Beaten Path For Thru-Hike Prep

Following Montana’s Beaten Path For Thru-Hike Prep

In anticipation of my 2018 hike of the Appalachian Trail, I went on two spectacular backpacking trips in July and September 2017.  The first in mid-July was on The Beaten...

Jan 18, 2018 : Elaine Osmun
Shakedowns And Learning Experiences

Shakedowns And Learning Experiences

This time last year, I had never been on an overnight backpacking trip. It was about that time that I also decided to hike the Appalachian Trail, so going backpacking...

Jan 18, 2018 : Ashton Rollings
Decide What To Be And Go Be It: I’m Gonna Be A Thru-Hiker

Decide What To Be And Go Be It: I’m Gonna Be A Thru-Hiker

I'm going to be a thru-hiker: no ifs, ands, or buts. As my start date is getting closer, it hit me that I didn't heed Zach Davis' wise words of...

Jan 18, 2018 : Eiryn Reynolds