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Examining the Real Numbers Behind Violent Instances on the Appalachian Trail

Examining the Real Numbers Behind Violent Instances on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail community was shocked when one hiker was killed and another critically wounded in a recent pre-dawn attack on the trail. court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. Jordan was

May 24, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
2019 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear and Top Advice

2019 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear and Top Advice

We're a few solid months into thru-hiker season on the Appalachian Trail, and it seemed as good a time as any to check in with our bloggers. We asked for...

May 23, 2019 : The Editors
Solo, SOBO, and Only 17!

Solo, SOBO, and Only 17!

Just a little intro to me and my hike. I am 17 years old and almost graduated from high school. I head up to Maine one week post-graduation and will...

May 22, 2019 : Savannah Fredericks
Feeling Safe Again on the Appalachian Trail

Feeling Safe Again on the Appalachian Trail

The recent killing on the Appalachian Trail of Jim: What about weapons? I get asked all the time if I carry a gun on the trail. Howard: While it is...

May 22, 2019 : Jim Rahtz
AT Part Five: Endeavor to Persevere

AT Part Five: Endeavor to Persevere

Bland, VA, to Bluff Mountain, VA Distance: 203.9 mi Total distance: 795.6 miles One-quarter of the Appalachian Trail runs through the state of Virginia. People often find hiking those

May 21, 2019 : Brian Kavanagh
Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

 Today's subject is the one that people tend to spend the most time on. Of course, we refer to gear. We get an early look into our how our...

May 21, 2019 : Zach
Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

“The cause that I am focused on for whatever years I have remaining is to see that Congress do for the other National Scenic Trails what it has done for...

May 17, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Appalachian Trail northbounders are out in force and the flip-floppers are starting to join them. They’ve been blessing our Instagram feeds with the good stuff, so welcome back to our...

May 16, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Slain Hiker Identified, Details Emerge About Appalachian Trail Attack

Slain Hiker Identified, Details Emerge About Appalachian Trail Attack

43-year-old Ronald Sanchez was stabbed to death in the early-morning hours of Saturday, May 11th. The accused is 30-year-old James Jordan. Jordan is currently facing charges of murder and assault

May 15, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

In 2015, Scott Jurek was the most talked about person on the Appalachian Trail, even the hiking community at large.  As soon as the legendary ultrarunner announced that he was...

May 12, 2019 : Zach