This Week’s Top Instagram Posts From the #Appalachiantrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week.

This week features photos taken from 6/19/18-6/26/18 and were found by perusing the hashtag #TrektheAT. A thorough point based grading system is used to pluck out the very best for your viewing pleasure. Dog photos are always favored.

Here’s a Bonus Photo of Ruthie wishing everyone a happy Monday! 📸 cred @daniel.woody

A post shared by Backwards Hat (@backwardshatforwardthinking) on

External change needs to come with a side of internal change. Actually, make what’s on the inside the main course. Someone I know shared the countless external changes and developments in efforts to explain how much growth he has been through. Changing externally isn’t enough. Your life can look great on paper, or on the internet, but it’s what’s going on internally that means the most. That’s one thing I find so special about this trip. There’s no hiding or running away out here. No hiding your shit once you start to have a rough moment. You’re with the same people, day in and out. Throw in the humidity, stubbing your toes all day and exhaustion, and the deep layers, those true color, will reveal themselves. And it has become so apparent out here because we share a level playing field. All the external factors don’t mean much anymore- in this moment we are all in the same place… homeless, jobless…. on this journey to accept ourselves and appreciate the beauty in life and nature. There’s no hiding. You’re forced to confront your demons. I have learned to go into the dark and make friends, no longer avoiding the parts of me I have feared to love. Saying what’s up to all the parts of you that were once push away, and shine a light. Allowing your demons to become friends. Poisons to become nectars. Go deep and come out honoring, loving, your whole self. . . . #hikingforhillside #thruhike #hike #appalachiantrail #georgiatomaine #thetrek #optoutside #backtonature #backpacking #HSHIVE #HoneyStinger #StingorBeeStung #sheexplores #womenwhohike #atwildwoman #natureiscalling #bewild #earthfocus #stayandwander #travel #exploretocreate #lifeofadventure #sheisnotlost #radgirlslife #outdoorwomen #darlingescapes #trektheat #at2018 #whiteblaze #selflove

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Appalachian Trail|Day 56-62|128 miles|Total 1486| We made it through the 101 mile Shenandoah National Park at a pretty quick pace. The park did not provide too many options for AT hikers to camp at, other then designated shelters and fee campgrounds, which quickened our pace a bit. Throughout the park we saw 6 bears, 23 deer, 4 snakes (1 poisonous) 3 owls, and countless other small critters. The trails within the park were also easily graded and well maintained allowing for 20+ mile days. The last week has been filled with afternoon showers and sweltering heat. I stopped putting on my rain jacket just to allow the afternoon rain to cool me off, but by the time we reached camp at night I would be soaked in sweat again. All this moisture has created some chafing and heat rash issues for myself, but nothing a little body glide hasn’t been able to fix. The final night in the Shenandoah’s, was an ugly down pour of rain lasting throughout the night that flooded the floor of our tent. We woke up to almost all of our belongings being wet in some capacity. The final 16 miles, hiking through cold wet rain, in soggy damp clothes proved to be a test of mental strength, as we had to keep our spirits high and make the miles before we could enjoy a hot shower and Taco Bell in Front Royal,VA. We left town the next morning and continued our push to Harpers Ferry,WV the unofficial halfway point of the AT. We passed the 1000 mile marker of the AT, crossed the West Virginia/ Virginia state line, and completed the infamous ‘roller coaster’ a 13.5 mile stretch of rolling 300-500ft climbs and descents. Tomorrow we are off to DC for a few days of rest! . . . . . . . . . . #trail #nature #mountains #hike #outdoors #getoutside #backpacking #adventure #wilderness #explore #camping #trek #goexplore #appalachiantrail #thruhike #at2018 #at #hikertrash #atthruhike #trektheat #adventure #thetrek #trekkingwhiteblaze #trees #hikingtrails #appalachiantrail2018 #thruhiking #hikingadventures #adventureiscalling

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  • Josh Johnson : Jun 29th

    Some good photos for sure. 🙌


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