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Women on Trail: Stories of Courage, Endurance, Empowerment

Women on Trail: Stories of Courage, Endurance, Empowerment

The numbers are daunting. About 70 percent of AT thru-hikers are men. Mostly twentysomething men. They dominate the shelters, the trail, the

Jan 15, 2019 : The Editors
The Government Has Shut Down: Here’s What it Means for the Appalachian Trail

The Government Has Shut Down: Here’s What it Means for the Appalachian Trail

What does a government shutdown mean for the Appalachian Trail? Like other recent closures, this is considered a “soft” closure, which means the

Dec 21, 2018 : The Editors
Watch This Before You Decide to Thru-Hike

Watch This Before You Decide to Thru-Hike

If you were to get your education on thru-hiking from Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, you might come away thinking that it was a half-year

Dec 17, 2018 : The Editors
Court Quotes Lorax in Rejecting Pipeline that Would Cross AT in Virginia

Court Quotes Lorax in Rejecting Pipeline that Would Cross AT in Virginia

A federal court has rejected permits for a natural gas pipeline that would cross two national forests and the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, saying

Dec 15, 2018 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Gear of 2018

The Best Backpacking Gear of 2018

These are the gear items that thru-hikers couldn't live without this year, along with top picks from our thru-hiker survey. We've included everything

Dec 13, 2018 : The Editors
2019 National Park Week Free Days Announced

2019 National Park Week Free Days Announced

Each year, the Department of the Interior waives the national park entry fees on a selection of designated days. Here are the 2019 dates for

Dec 9, 2018 : The Editors
Tips for Lightening Your Pack Featuring The Real Hiking Viking

Tips for Lightening Your Pack Featuring The Real Hiking Viking

Looking for ideas on how to reduce your pack weight? We grabbed the Real Hiking Viking to get his advice and tips for lightening your pack weight,

Dec 7, 2018 : The Editors
Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Going into a thru-hike with no prior long-distance hiking experience means there are a lot of unknowns. From how much food to bring  to whether to

Dec 6, 2018 : The Editors
Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Luxury Items

Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Luxury Items

With few exceptions, most thru-hikers try to keep their packs as light as possible, dropping significant weight after a pack shakedown or two. That

Dec 4, 2018 : The Editors
The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The holiday season is upon us. And what better way to gear up for your thru-hike than to ask people to give you things? Just kidding... sort of. We

Dec 2, 2018 : The Editors