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5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

Nowadays, traveling alone as a girl seems to be frowned upon. It’s seen as dangerous and unsafe. We’re told not to go out alone, especially in the wilderness. But why...

Oct 18, 2020 : Kaylin
How my AT NOGO Hike Made Me Into a Runner

How my AT NOGO Hike Made Me Into a Runner

March 11, the day sports were suspended in 2020, was the day I flew out to hike the Appalachian Trail. By March 20 I was on my way home to...

Oct 15, 2020 : Anna Kulinski
Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. Between 1948 and 1951, just three men walked...

Oct 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Native American History on the Appalachian Trail: 9 Iconic Places

Native American History on the Appalachian Trail: 9 Iconic Places

Agiocochook, home of the Great Spirit, towered above every other peak in the Wombanednok Mountains. According to the tradition of the local Abenaki people, the mountaintops were dwellings for the

Oct 12, 2020 : Kelly Floro
[Updated] Man Found Dead at Baxter Peak in Third Katahdin SAR Incident This Week

[Updated] Man Found Dead at Baxter Peak in Third Katahdin SAR Incident This Week

10/13/2020 update: The hiker deceased hiker found at Baxter Peak has now been identified as Nathan Leigh Bell of Walkersville, MD. A man was found dead at the summit of...

Oct 9, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Everyone’s Got Baggage: Why We Don’t Weigh Sentimental Items

Everyone’s Got Baggage: Why We Don’t Weigh Sentimental Items

Despite a desire to keep base weight down, most hikers carry something "non-essential".

Oct 9, 2020 : Saoirse Ibarguen
7 Thru-Hiking Mistakes Rookie Hikers Make on the AT

7 Thru-Hiking Mistakes Rookie Hikers Make on the AT

The Appalachian Trail is 2,193 miles of "one foot in front of the other" mentality. That’s a whole lot of steps to make memories, meals, and of course, mistakes. Here...

Oct 1, 2020 : Tara Ritchey
The Leaf Peeper’s Guide to Fall Foliage Hikes in the Appalachian Mountains

The Leaf Peeper’s Guide to Fall Foliage Hikes in the Appalachian Mountains

I t's almost October, and there's finally a hint of crisp fall weather in the air. Decorative gourds will soon appear on suburban lawns up and down the east coast....

Oct 1, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

So you need to bring a bear canister on your next backpacking trip. Find out how to be comfortable while keeping your food and bears safe.

Sep 29, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Hiking has a powerful way of shattering our guards and inviting our most authentic selves into the world. The trail breaks down barriers in a way that makes it possible...

Sep 28, 2020 : Katie Kommer