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Top Stoves and Filters: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Stoves and Filters: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

We surveyed 365 section or thru-hikers about their stove, food, and water preferences and their experience of illnesses on the Appalachian Trail in 2019. We found some interesting differences in

Apr 5, 2020 : Mariposa
Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

I fought it hard. I couldn’t imagine living in a world in which I got off trail for any reason other than a severe injury or a family emergency. I...

Apr 2, 2020 : John Mecklin
ATC, Trail Clubs Ask Feds to Close Appalachian Trail until April 30

ATC, Trail Clubs Ask Feds to Close Appalachian Trail until April 30

(Updated 4 p.m. MT, April 2) The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 29 of the 31 Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs have asked the federal government to close the entire Appalachian Trail...

Apr 2, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
A List of Appalachian Trail Shuttles Available to Help Hikers Get off the Trail

A List of Appalachian Trail Shuttles Available to Help Hikers Get off the Trail

In light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, we've compiled a list of shuttle drivers and services that are still available to assist Appalachian Trail hikers as they leave the trail....

Mar 30, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Our Toxic Conversations, Not Coronavirus, Will Destroy the Hiking Community

Our Toxic Conversations, Not Coronavirus, Will Destroy the Hiking Community

My husband isn't a hiker, so I am always telling him about the hiking community. I share with him how friendly hikers are and how much they care for other...

Mar 30, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

If you're running a small business along the trail, this is for you!

Mar 28, 2020 : Sydney Brehm
Why I’m Putting Aside My Dream

Why I’m Putting Aside My Dream

*The following is the story behind my decision to leave the Appalachian Trail. I’ll post a more analytical, bullet-pointed list in the next few days. Like many readers and writers...

Mar 25, 2020 : Hayden "LLC" Cox
9 Books about Thru-Hiking and the Outdoors to Read During Quarantine

9 Books about Thru-Hiking and the Outdoors to Read During Quarantine

Hello everyone, and welcome to our updated reality. Instead of trail updates and backpacking roundups, we're doing yoga on our floors and realizing the Netflix selection is worse than we...

Mar 24, 2020 : The Editors
I Live in the Rural Town the ATC Asked You Not to Travel To

I Live in the Rural Town the ATC Asked You Not to Travel To

Keep yourself safe, but don't forget to keep others safe as well.

Mar 24, 2020 : Jacob Myers
What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

Within the past week, every community, industry, age range, and recreation subset has been flipped upside down. Everything from dinner reservations to planning for the entirety of 2020 has gone...

Mar 19, 2020 : The Editors