Hiking with a Purpose

Hiking with a Purpose

October was the first time I spoke about the Appalachian Trail out loud. It had been a rough three years. I had uprooted my life post college and moved 6,000...

Aug 10, 2020 : Risa Fruchter
Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike

Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike

A love for the Appalachian Trail comes with a great respect for the trail. For me, this means not only respecting the physical trail, but also the guidelines from the...

Aug 3, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
Aqua Blazing the Shenandoahs

Aqua Blazing the Shenandoahs

I first heard the term aqua blazing the week before starting the trail. I was trying to figure out where to start my hike. Corona had crashed my plans like...

Jul 30, 2020 : Risa Fruchter
[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

Returning to Katahdin: A Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Author: Bruce “RTK” Matson Publisher: Campbell & Parker, 221 pp. with black-and-white photos MSRP: $9.99 Where to buy: Available

Jul 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Since I finished my Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike in 2014, I’ve been working with The Trek to survey thru-hikers each year. Most of the hikers who take our surveys are...

Jul 15, 2020 : Mariposa
Quitting a Thru-Hike

Quitting a Thru-Hike

Let me start off by saying, this is not something that I ever thought that I would address in this way. I fully intended on hiding behind the long line...

Jul 14, 2020 : Boni Salmerón
This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

The following is a guest post courtesy of Marie Draws. Marie is a PCT thru-hiker and artist who is using her skills to tell the stories of backpackers from diverse...

Jul 4, 2020 : Guest Post
The Kindness of the AT Community

The Kindness of the AT Community

I started writing this post back in May, the week after Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. The theme for this year was Kindness. I attended a webinar...

Jun 28, 2020 : Lucy (Hermione)
Walking with a Face Mask: Hiking During Corona

Walking with a Face Mask: Hiking During Corona

There is one piece of gear I am carrying backpacking that I have never used before. Face masks. Now I carry two masks in my backpack in separate plastic bags...

Jun 23, 2020 : Risa Fruchter
How to Tell Your Husband You’re Hiking the Appalachian Trail

How to Tell Your Husband You’re Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Ever wonder how to you tell your husband that you’re dreaming about taking off life for five months to solo hike the East Coast of the United States? The answer...

Jun 23, 2020 : Risa Fruchter