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The Day I Got Off Trail… Last October

The Day I Got Off Trail… Last October

Like many have written on this site, the only socially responsible decision I can make is to postpone my thru-hike. Even though I’m not planning to start my flip-flop hike...

Apr 3, 2020 : Andrea Vaughan
Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

I fought it hard. I couldn’t imagine living in a world in which I got off trail for any reason other than a severe injury or a family emergency. I...

Apr 2, 2020 : John Mecklin
Staying Flexible: A Lesson of the Trail

Staying Flexible: A Lesson of the Trail

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached even the wilderness of the Appalachian Trail, and now I'm figuring out how to replace my dream lifestyle.

Apr 1, 2020 : Luke Howard
A Thru-Hiker Letter to COVID-19

A Thru-Hiker Letter to COVID-19

Dear COVID-19, Leave. Get out of our bodies. Get off trail. You, COVID-19, YOU #stayhome. This is not a request from the PCTA, but a demand from me, a human....

Mar 30, 2020 : Shannon Quadres
COVID-19 Contingency Plan: Four Other Hikes to Consider

COVID-19 Contingency Plan: Four Other Hikes to Consider

Seeing thru-hikers cancel or postpone their hikes due to COVID-19 is heartbreaking. Considering my thru-hike of the JMT begins on July 16, I wouldn't be surprised if it's canceled. In...

Mar 30, 2020 : Chad Lubinski
The Trail Is Gone and So Am I

The Trail Is Gone and So Am I

March 28 - Some Updates I wrote most of the post below in Hiawassee during and after my decision to postpone my thru-hike. I have edited and elaborated for clarity...

Mar 30, 2020 : Anna Kulinski
Gear Prep Paralysis

Gear Prep Paralysis

Making gear decisions as an aspiring first-time thru-hiker.

Mar 30, 2020 : Marcy Lynn
Why Did My Thru-Hike Fail?

Why Did My Thru-Hike Fail?

Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is...

Mar 30, 2020 : Marte Conradi
They Stole My Gear but not My Community

They Stole My Gear but not My Community

Hi. My name is Kaitlin and my PCT dream was stolen. And I know what the first thing that pops in your mind when reading that statement is---you and thousands...

Mar 29, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
Coronavirus Canceled My Thru-Hike, but It Won’t Kill My Spirit

Coronavirus Canceled My Thru-Hike, but It Won’t Kill My Spirit

The coronavirus may have canceled my 2020 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, but I'm not going to let it kill my spirit. Here's how I am coping with not being on...

Mar 28, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins