Hugh Owen

Editor, writer at The Trek. Passions: hiking, snowshoeing, bicycling, craft beer. After 42 years in the crucible of daily and weekly journalism, working for The Trek from home in my sweats and a with cup of coffee brings me great pleasure.

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AT Thru-Hikers Who Left the Trail Can Take 12 Months to Have ATC Certify Hike

AT Thru-Hikers Who Left the Trail Can Take 12 Months to Have ATC Certify Hike

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced Tuesday, March 31, that it would recognize all thru-hikers who left the trail because of COVID-19 to be

Mar 31, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Dies in San Jacinto Mountains; Conditions Called Dangerous

Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Dies in San Jacinto Mountains; Conditions Called Dangerous

A Pacific Crest Trail hiker died in the San Jacinto Mountains on Friday, Cal Fire officials said on Twitter. The Press-Enterpise newspaper

Mar 27, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Coronavirus on the AT: Crowded Shelters and Precautions; ATC Says Stay Home

Coronavirus on the AT: Crowded Shelters and Precautions; ATC Says Stay Home

(Updated 9 a.m. MT, March 22) The thru-hiking season is in full bloom on the Appalachian Trail, and as hikers trek north from Georgia to Katahdin the

Mar 17, 2020 : Hugh Owen
International Thru-Hikers Scrambling to Keep Their Dreams Alive Amid COVID-19 Travel Bans

International Thru-Hikers Scrambling to Keep Their Dreams Alive Amid COVID-19 Travel Bans

(Updated 3 p.m. MT, March 20) Sandra Visentin spent more than a year planning her Appalachian Trail thru-hike. She quit her job as corporate

Mar 13, 2020 : Hugh Owen
AT Hikers Reminded to Report Uncomfortable Encounters on Trail

AT Hikers Reminded to Report Uncomfortable Encounters on Trail

As thru-hikers embark on their annual trek from Georgia to Maine, the memory of a fellow hiker killed last year resonates on trail. And hikers are

Mar 12, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Health Insurance for Thru-Hikers: A Look at the Options

Health Insurance for Thru-Hikers: A Look at the Options

By the time Cari Pattison reached New Jersey on her Appalachian Trail hike, she was attuned to the rhythms of the trail. “The usual sore feet at

Mar 4, 2020 : Hugh Owen
AT Hiker Remembered for His Love of Hiking, the Outdoors

AT Hiker Remembered for His Love of Hiking, the Outdoors

Eddie “Noon” Onis Noonkester, 60, whose body was found near the Approach Trail in Georgia on Feb. 19, was remembered by his family as a man who loved

Feb 27, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Supreme Court Appears Favorable to Pipeline Under AT

Supreme Court Appears Favorable to Pipeline Under AT

The US Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a dispute over a proposed natural gas pipeline that would tunnel under the Appalachian Trail in

Feb 24, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Park Service Considers Shuttle Across River at Harpers Ferry

Park Service Considers Shuttle Across River at Harpers Ferry

The National Park Service is considering options for a shuttle that would take Appalachian Trail hikers across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry

Feb 21, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Footbridge Planned for AT Highway Crossing Near McAfee Knob

Footbridge Planned for AT Highway Crossing Near McAfee Knob

An Appalachian Trail pedestrian bridge across busy Route 311 near McAfee Knob in Virginia is expected to provide an easier crossing of the highway as

Feb 7, 2020 : Hugh Owen