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ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) indicated in a post on January 21st that they will not issue hangtags or recognize thru-hikes while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging. "We do...

Jan 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Companions and Demographics

The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Companions and Demographics

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

Jan 26, 2021 : Mariposa
Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Meet my stepmom, Nora. She’s loved hiking all her life and has dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail since she was in her 20s. Now at the age of 60...

Jan 8, 2021 : Jen Datka
How I Saved Hundreds on My AT Thru-Hike Gear List

How I Saved Hundreds on My AT Thru-Hike Gear List

As a brand new blogger for The Trek, I was so excited to use the gear list feature. I know I've spent many hours this past year diving into any...

Jan 7, 2021 : Nadia Fenay
The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Motives and Logistics

The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Motives and Logistics

Long overlooked in our annual surveys, Appalachian Trail (AT) section hikers were the focus of this year's survey. We surveyed 448 people, 34 of whom had completed the entire AT...

Jan 6, 2021 : Mariposa
Yellow Finch Tree Sitters Continue to Defy Mountain Valley Pipeline

Yellow Finch Tree Sitters Continue to Defy Mountain Valley Pipeline

Sitting high in the trees in Montgomery County, Virginia, the tree sitters off Yellow Finch Lane are in their 853rd day of blockading construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)...

Jan 4, 2021 : Tina Mullen
My Five Favorite Hiking Foods That I Eat Every Day

My Five Favorite Hiking Foods That I Eat Every Day

Walking in nature makes us feel all kinds of things. Nostalgic, grateful, and mostly, hungry. I used to eat granola bars once in a while when I worked at the...

Dec 20, 2020 : Darlene M
My Favorite Gear for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

My Favorite Gear for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Last week we reviewed Saoirse “Story” Ibargüen’s biggest gear regrets from her 2018 Appalachian Thru-Hike. Now that you know what not to bring on the AT, it’s time we recommended...

Dec 18, 2020 : Sarah
Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

As 2020 winds down, a third wave of COVID-19 infections is engulfing the United States, with the number of daily cases more than tripling over the previous August high and...

Dec 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

I have been trying to get back to the Appalachian Trail for years.  The last time I camped overnight on the trail was in August 2000, when I did a...

Dec 16, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah