And The Best Hiking and Outdoor Blog Is…
Earlier today, USA TODAY’s 10Best released the results from their (gruelingly long) Best Hiking and Outdoor Blog poll. I am thrilled to report that…
Appalachian Trials won!
A massive thank you to friends, family, and everyone in the Appalachian Trail community who voted (oftentimes daily) for Appalachian Trials. Quite obviously, this could not have happened without you. The flood of support that followed this nomination was truly staggering, and it’s a huge vote of confidence that the Appalachian Trials movement has struck a chord with so many.
Although my name happens to be attached to the award, this victory belongs to the Appalachian Trail and its people. Because of you, the nation must now take notice: the AT is the crowned jewel of the backpacking universe. This also belongs to the dozens of amazingly talented bloggers (i.e. thru-hikers) and writers. AppalachianTrials.com is what it is because of you.
And although we’re thrilled to have this award, complacent we are not. Appalachian Trials is merely in its infant stages of bringing the AT way of life online. We aspire to get as many people as possible into a pack and onto a trail. We hope to achieve this by showcasing those who are already living their dreams, inspiring you to follow your own.
If you’d like to stay hip with the “The Best Hiking and Outdoor Blog” (damn, that feels good) in the nation, the best way to do so is by joining the Appalachian Trials mailing list.
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Once again, a huge thank you to the Appalachian Trials community for your support! We look forward to bringing you The Best surrounding the AT (and beyond) in the months to come.
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You’re quite naive to think you’ll be safe on any hiking trail, unfortunatly there are serious predators out there, first and foremost of the two legged variety.the best way to feel confidant and secure is to be schooled properly in weapons, particularly guns. When properly trained you will always have an air of awareness and confidence. Not paranoia and cockiness, or that of fear and victim in waiting. I adore the Appalachian Trail but I don’t go with pie in the sky attitude… Just be aware of your surroundings and arm yourself.