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Reflections from the Halfway Point of My 2018 AT Thru-Hike

Reflections from the Halfway Point of My 2018 AT Thru-Hike

I’m writing this from Carlisle, PA, at mile 1,130 of my 2018 AT thru-hike. These are some thoughts I’ve had as I reflect on the journey so far. People are...

May 21, 2018 : Rob Small
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Anniversary Sale

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Anniversary Sale

The following is a Sponsored Post brought to you by REI. REI's annual anniversary sale starts today, and backpackers can save mucho dollars. Plus, members can also take 20% off...

May 18, 2018 : The Editors
Unpacking Failure After An Early Exit

Unpacking Failure After An Early Exit

My 65-liter Ariel Osprey has been leaning against the dining room table since last Wednesday night. I don’t know what finally convinced me to call my dad, whether it was...

May 17, 2018 : Paige Bellamy
Appalachian Trail State Profile: Virginia

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Virginia

At over 550 trail miles, Virginia is the longest state on the Appalachian Trail. Hikers reach the state line at mile 466, three miles before Damascus, and most will be in...

May 15, 2018 : The Editors
Stories From The Trail Ep 11 – Mother’s Day Special: Miss Janet

Stories From The Trail Ep 11 – Mother’s Day Special: Miss Janet

The Appalachian Trail wouldn't be what it is today without Miss Janet. It doesn't take long for a new or aspiring thru-hiker to start hearing her name, and for good...

May 12, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Best Day Hikes in Shenandoah National Park’s North District

Best Day Hikes in Shenandoah National Park’s North District

Within Shenandoah National Park you’ll find over 500 miles of hiking trails, offering you many opportunities to explore the backcountry away from Skyline Drive and the busy pedestrian highway of...

May 10, 2018 : Ken Nail
Parenting in the Woods: The Changing Parent/Child Dynamic During a Thru-Hike

Parenting in the Woods: The Changing Parent/Child Dynamic During a Thru-Hike

"How has the trail changed you?" This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions thru-hikers field during and after their hike. It will come as no surprise to...

May 9, 2018 : Scott
Trekking Makes Me a Modern Girl

Trekking Makes Me a Modern Girl

“We’re going unplugged,” I told my mother. Going unplugged was the whole point. The Appalachian Trail was a place to get back to nature, to make space for our own...

May 6, 2018 : Marina Clementi
87-Year-Old “Pappy” Attempting to Become the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

87-Year-Old “Pappy” Attempting to Become the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

On March 3, 2018, Victor "Pappy" Kubilius set out from Springer Mountain, GA, for a hike that is set to go into the AT record books. If he finishes, it...

Apr 26, 2018 : Bloodhound
Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail

Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail

 The outdoor community has always had a way of attracting utopian dreamers, and the tradition of trail magic is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the experience of the Appalachian Trail....

Apr 25, 2018 : Jessica Tinios