The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Following the general information survey results released a few weeks ago, our attention now turns to Joal’s favorite subject: gear. Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey,...

Dec 22, 2021 : Joal and Jenny
Will Love Be Enough? You Betcha!

Will Love Be Enough? You Betcha!

Every long-distance backpacking article and book about hiking the Appalachian Trail gives more-or-less the same advice. To successfully complete a thru-hike, you must first know why you want to

Dec 20, 2021 : Leslie Woodward
15 Things 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need to Know

15 Things 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need to Know

Thru-hiking the AT is a challenging experience, but there are things you can do to make it a bit easier. It’s important to plan ahead before stepping on trail to...

Dec 20, 2021 : Sarah Wolfson
21 Fascinating Appalachian Trail Facts

21 Fascinating Appalachian Trail Facts

How well do you know the Appalachian Trail? You thru-hikers in the crowd probably think you know the AT like the back of your dirty, mud-stained hands. After taking those...

Dec 20, 2021 : Kenny Howell
How Pancakes Led to Planning a 2194 Mile Walk in the Woods

How Pancakes Led to Planning a 2194 Mile Walk in the Woods

The Realization It was a Sunday morning in September, I was flipping pancakes. My wife was upstairs, presumably dreaming about pancakes, and I thought to myself, “What would I be...

Dec 19, 2021 : Zachary Gordon
Why I’m Attempting an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike…Again

Why I’m Attempting an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike…Again

Face to Face with Failure It was 35 degrees, and the rain pelted my face, hiding the tears. My fingers ached with the cold, I could barely feel my toes,...

Dec 18, 2021 : Sidetrack
Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Thru-Hiker

Funny, You Don’t Look Like a Thru-Hiker

What comes to mind when you hear the term "thru-hiker?" Most people might picture a twenty-something-year-old man with a scraggly beard, probably sitting by his tent eating ramen. Indeed, if...

Dec 17, 2021 : Leslie Woodward
Resupply Dos and Don’ts: Mail Drops, Calorie Goals, Mistakes to Avoid

Resupply Dos and Don’ts: Mail Drops, Calorie Goals, Mistakes to Avoid

"How do you get food?" This was the second most common question I was asked before and during my AT thru-hike (the most common being "Who are you hiking with?")....

Dec 16, 2021 : Ann Marie White
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 13

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 13

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....

Dec 16, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
“So What’s Next?” Struggling with Imposter Syndrome After Thru-Hiking

“So What’s Next?” Struggling with Imposter Syndrome After Thru-Hiking

I had just walked from Georgia to Maine, what did they mean ‘what’s next?’ Was this lifelong achievement not enough for the armchair adventurers who virtually followed along on my...

Dec 15, 2021 : Anna McKinney