Best-Of Surveys

Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Since I finished my Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike in 2014, I’ve been working with The Trek to survey thru-hikers each year. Most of the hikers who take our surveys are...

Jul 15, 2020 : Mariposa
Top Stoves and Filters: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Stoves and Filters: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

We surveyed 365 section or thru-hikers about their stove, food, and water preferences and their experience of illnesses on the Appalachian Trail in 2019. We found some interesting differences in

Apr 5, 2020 : Mariposa
Top Backpacks: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Backpacks: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

In this installment of The Trek’s 2019 Hiker Survey, we cover backpacks and base weight. We asked hikers about the frame type, capacity, brand, and model of their backpacks. This...

Mar 13, 2020 : Mariposa
2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Tents and Shelters

2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Tents and Shelters

Each year, The Trek surveys long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use, such as tents and hammocks. In this post we cover the types...

Dec 18, 2019 : Mariposa
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about!...

Dec 12, 2019 : Mariposa
The 2019 Hiker Survey: General Information

The 2019 Hiker Survey: General Information

This is the first post of 2019 in The Trek’s annual survey of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and long-distance section hikers. This year, we gathered new information on hikers' favorite hostels...

Dec 6, 2019 : Mariposa
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Trends: Examining Gear, Budget, and Resources Over the Past 5 Years

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Trends: Examining Gear, Budget, and Resources Over the Past 5 Years

In 2014, we began conducting annual surveys about AT thru-hikers and attempting thru-hikers. Starting these surveys soon after my own thru-hike has been a really meaningful way for me to...

Sep 20, 2019 : Mariposa
Reader’s Choice: The Best Thru-Hiking Documentaries

Reader’s Choice: The Best Thru-Hiking Documentaries

Most of us can’t spend our entire lives thru-hiking. Oftentimes these grand adventures are mere six-month highlights in a world of 9-5 jobs and bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, there are ways...

Jun 21, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Stoves and Water Treatments

2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Stoves and Water Treatments

We surveyed over 300 section or thru-hikers about their stove, food, and water preferences and their experience of illnesses on the Appalachian Trail in 2018. This year, enough hikers with...

Jan 17, 2019 : Mariposa
Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

In this installment of The Trek’s 2018 Hiker Survey, we cover backpacks and base weight. We asked hikers about the frame type, capacity, brand, and model of their backpacks. In...

Dec 25, 2018 : Mariposa