Flip-Flop

Transitioning to the AT, and Why I’m Walking

Transitioning to the AT, and Why I’m Walking

I spent the day crying. That is, I spent the day crying while packing my apartment, crying while hugging my friends and boyfriend goodbye, crying while eating my Caprese sandwich...

May 24, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
Rock Me All Day Long, Pennsylvania

Rock Me All Day Long, Pennsylvania

I have hiked little rocks, big rocks, wet rocks, rocks you had to climb on all fours, and knife-edge rocks in Pennsylvania, and now there is another day of rocks...

May 21, 2018 : Arthur Hamilton
I Am a BOBO on the Trail Heading North

I Am a BOBO on the Trail Heading North

So I am sitting in the Doyle, eating an awesome cheeseburger, and I look up and see NOBO-BOBO-SOBO. Now I know northbound and southbound, but not BOBO so I ask...

May 16, 2018 : Arthur Hamilton
Meet Maria, a Comforting Angel for Weary Hikers

Meet Maria, a Comforting Angel for Weary Hikers

As I emerged from the woods onto Route 44 outside Salisbury, Conn., drivers and pedestrians squinted and gave me and my pack a wide berth. My clothes were well past...

May 15, 2018 : Evan Johnson
Lessons Learned in My First Week

Lessons Learned in My First Week

Wow, it’s been a whirlwind first week. Picking a site for your tent and then positioning it may be the first thing you learn. Keep in mind I have never...

May 4, 2018 : Arthur Hamilton
A Different Hike Begins at Flip Flop Festival

A Different Hike Begins at Flip Flop Festival

It is amazing to be with such a diverse group of people in a bedroom, or as they call it, bunkhouse. There’s a German girl, a British boy, a section...

May 4, 2018 : Arthur Hamilton
How IKEA Helped Build My Hike

How IKEA Helped Build My Hike

The idea of thru-hiking the AT started with the book “AWOL on the Appalachian Trail.” After reading the book and deciding to do it, IKEA then led me to my...

Apr 23, 2018 : Arthur Hamilton
Plan Your Dive, Dive Your Plan

Plan Your Dive, Dive Your Plan

At 6:30 a.m., the sound of the storm drags me from under the thin film of sleep I have struggled to wrap myself in all night. In my sleep, I...

Apr 19, 2018 : Evan Johnson
Our “Why”

Our “Why”

We are now at less than one month until we start our flip-flop thru hike. Reality is starting to set in. We alternate from being incredibly excited to queasy with...

Apr 13, 2018 : AJ
Trail Dispatch: Diamonds on the Soles

Trail Dispatch: Diamonds on the Soles

Author's note: All credit due to Paul for the title. Skip to the end for the audio. Awah awah aahhhh... This first report on my AT trek follows my first...

Apr 5, 2018 : Evan Johnson