I'm Amalia (Toastface, for short). I completed a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2014. I was moved to hike the AT after a shocking yellow belt test in an adult Tae Kwon Do class, wherein I realized I didn't trust myself. Now, I'm on an unstoppable journey towards self-discovery and/or death.
For those who have hiked the Appalachian Trail’s southern corridor and those who intend to, there is an opportunity to support those who have
The Test: I tested the Phone Lasso on two partial-day hikes, over easy terrain and in good weather. With it, I attached my phone to the hip belt zippers of an Osprey Ariel 65, the zippers of my jacket pockets, and (post-hike) the belt loops of my jeans. I also used the included mesh lanyards to wear the phone on my wrist and neck.
A series of forest fires are spreading rapidly across the Southeastern U.S., affecting parts of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Tennessee and North
The Appalachian Trail is unique. In spanning the United States from Maine to Georgia, it walks through perhaps the most politically and culturally
So there I was, at a hostel in Burlington, VT, exactly four days after I’d set out to hike Vermont’s Long Trail. I was catching a bus to Jersey the
An autumnal bite is in the air, the trees are starting to turn, and my winter coat is growing in. With signs like these, you better believe I’m
Good news! Someone in your life is undertaking a thru-hike. This person will be planning and attempting an enormous trek through the mountains, the
“Why are you thru-hiking?” This question is an on-trail favorite. People are drawn to long-distance backpacking for a myriad of reasons, ranging
Feeling blue is perfectly normal after a summit or the end of a long-distance hike. The mundane world awaits, and the light that guided you through
What is it about a long trail that inspires romance? I’ve been connected to the Appalachian Trail for three years. My first attempt was