Beyond the AT

Book Review: Thru and Back Again

Book Review: Thru and Back Again

4,600 Miles The longest of America's National Scenic Trails runs 4,600 miles through the North Woods of North Dakota to the High Peaks of New York. Although the Andrew Skurka...

Jun 9, 2017 : Caet Cash
The Triple Crown of Backpacking: A “Mini” Version

The Triple Crown of Backpacking: A “Mini” Version

When many readers of this site think about taking a thru-hike, I imagine they dream about completing one of the “big three” of America’s long trails: The Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest...

Jun 5, 2017 : Jim Rahtz
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

Thru-hiking season is in full throttle on the #PCT! And there are some great photos floating around thanks to all the hikers out there! Unfortunately, if you are reading this...

Jun 4, 2017 : Mackenzie Findeisen
Thanks, Trail Days

Thanks, Trail Days

Greetings, internet world. This past weekend a festival was held in Damascus, VA, to celebrate the Appalachian Trail. Past hikers, current thru hikers, and many outdoor brands were gathered for...

May 25, 2017 : Ashley Schellhase
Trail Profile: Kepler Track, New Zealand

Trail Profile: Kepler Track, New Zealand

Located in the heart of Milford Track, and the keas.  They have a reputation for destruction since they like to pick away at things with their strong beaks (i.e. windshield...

May 18, 2017 : Claudia and Andrew Carberry
Wondering about Wonderland

Wondering about Wonderland

Greetings! It's been a while.... a long while. Maybe it's because I got rejected for a John Muir Trail permit everyday for 6 weeks straight last year. Maybe it's because...

May 1, 2017 : Jennifer Williams
Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail: a Thru-Hiking Guide

Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock Trail: a Thru-Hiking Guide

Though it occasionally appears on lists of "short long trails" in the US, Pennsylvania's Loyalsock Trail is still fairly unknown. That's unfortunate, because not only is it a wonderful scenic...

Apr 28, 2017 : Brian Cipperly
More Than A Hike

More Than A Hike

Hello, world. It's been a minute since I've spoken with you all via The Trek, but I wanted to come at you with some motivation for this lovely Monday. Or...

Apr 24, 2017 : Ashley Schellhase
Trail Update #5: the week North Carolina brought the trail magic

Trail Update #5: the week North Carolina brought the trail magic

Hiking the AT in North Carolina is a roller coaster - literally. So many ups and downs. So many unnecessarily steep ups and downs. Basically, the mountains in North Carolina...

Apr 18, 2017 : snapchat
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

Leaving Franklin We got one last round of pancakes and bacon before checking out and heading to Haven's Budget Inn to get a shuttle back to the trail. Mr. Ron...

Apr 16, 2017 : Stubbs