Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 4

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of October 4

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb, and national park crowd to finish the AT....

Oct 5, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
Hiker Alleges Brian Laundrie Sighting Near AT As Rumors Swirl

Hiker Alleges Brian Laundrie Sighting Near AT As Rumors Swirl

A Florida man claims he saw Brian Laundrie near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina early Saturday morning. The unconfirmed sighting adds fuel to weeks of online speculation that Laundrie...

Oct 4, 2021 : The Editors
Hike-In Movie Theater

Hike-In Movie Theater

The radio static sputtered as I clicked the volume dial on. Like cracking a safe I tuned the frequency dial until I found a classic rock and roll channel. I...

Sep 29, 2021 : Shuping Liu
Is the Appalachian Trail’s Iconic Shelter System Obsolete?

Is the Appalachian Trail’s Iconic Shelter System Obsolete?

The Appalachian Trail has the best-developed shelter system of any long trail in the world. A network of more than 250 primitive lean-tos serves the 2,200-mile footpath, providing gathering places

Sep 29, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Walking Distance #16 | Fitting In ft. Shalin Desai & Aer Parris

Walking Distance #16 | Fitting In ft. Shalin Desai & Aer Parris

In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Shalin Desai, a Triple Crowner and Vice President of...

Sep 28, 2021 : Jackie Marusiak
The One with Questionable Sanity in the Whites [AT mile 1803.7-1894.8]

The One with Questionable Sanity in the Whites [AT mile 1803.7-1894.8]

Day 140: Zero day! Day 141: 11.5 miles from Kinsman Notch to Kinsman Pond Shelter Day 142: 14.7 miles to Mt. Garfield Day 143: 12.4 miles to Thoreau Falls Day...

Sep 23, 2021 : Ann Marie White
Backpacker Radio #119 | Lauren & Henri de la Vega: The Triple Crown Power Couple

Backpacker Radio #119 | Lauren & Henri de la Vega: The Triple Crown Power Couple

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Lauren and Henri de la Vega — a husband and wife southbounding the Continental Divide Trail...

Sep 22, 2021 : Mara Simonson
a note on grief

a note on grief

  People come and go. Grief is a part of life that strikes when you may not expect it. You have to appreciate what you had, and lessons I've learned...

Sep 22, 2021 : Amara Gardner
2020 Appalachian Trail Section Hiker Survey: Resources and Gear

2020 Appalachian Trail Section Hiker Survey: Resources and Gear

Long overlooked in our annual surveys, Appalachian Trail (AT) section hikers were the focus of the Trek's 2020 survey. We surveyed 448 people, 43 of whom had completed the entire...

Sep 20, 2021 : Mariposa
The 100 Mile Wilderness

The 100 Mile Wilderness

Just saying the name of this section of the Appalachian Trail can be intimidating. The challenge is 100 miles of straight hiking with no hostel or hotel stops, no resupply...

Sep 19, 2021 : Kat Tracks