Hiker Intro

Beginning the PCT: Questions and Answers

Beginning the PCT: Questions and Answers

If you're reading this, it means I have left my job, said "goodbye" to loved ones, packed my bag, and am days away from beginning a thru-hike of the 2,650...

Apr 18, 2019 : Brandon Smith
Hiking Home, Then a Few Hundred More Miles

Hiking Home, Then a Few Hundred More Miles

For about three years now, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail has been a major goal of mine. But when asked if I was planning a thru-hike, I would respond, "I haven't...

Apr 15, 2019 : Meredith Lockwood
Can You Change a Stressed, Procrastinating Overplanner?

Can You Change a Stressed, Procrastinating Overplanner?

I have half-written this post a million times twice. The procrastinator in me had to wait until two days before I started walking to write it, because that's just who...

Apr 14, 2019 : kasshikes
Self-Worth, Serenity, and a Celebration of Life; Why I’m Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Self-Worth, Serenity, and a Celebration of Life; Why I’m Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

“Why?” Every time I tell someone that I’m leaving a great job, and a life that I love, to hike 2,650 miles, from Mexico to Canada, with little to no...

Apr 7, 2019 : Matthew
Questions My Mom Asked Me About the Appalachian Trail

Questions My Mom Asked Me About the Appalachian Trail

When I announced my intentions to walk across the country, I was bombarded by questions from my loving mother. Fortunately, this barrage of questions will prove useful to others who...

Apr 1, 2019 : Stephen Heron
How Britney Spears Gave Me Permission to Hike the CDT

How Britney Spears Gave Me Permission to Hike the CDT

Hi. My name is Kevin, but you can call me Hungry Cat, my trail name from my Appalachian Trail thru-hike last year. It was one of the grandest adventures of...

Mar 26, 2019 : Hungry Cat
Walking for Devon, in Memory of a Life Cut Short

Walking for Devon, in Memory of a Life Cut Short

I’ve been dreaming of this hike for nearly two years. My first long-distance hike was an ill-advised speed hike of Vermont’s Long Trail. It was my third-ever backpacking trip and...

Mar 25, 2019 : Christina Platt
The Long Road to PCT Gear Nirvana

The Long Road to PCT Gear Nirvana

When I was an ankle biter my father used to gather up me, my brother, a bag of potatoes and some meat, and head for the mountains in his rusty...

Mar 22, 2019 : Tim Curtis
Hope, Hiking, and the Appalachian Trail – My Intro

Hope, Hiking, and the Appalachian Trail – My Intro

I’m Gail, a Cornish woman from the UK, and I’ll be attempting a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this year.  Cornwall, in case you don’t know, is the most...

Mar 22, 2019 : Appalachian Gail
My Initial Goals Before Setting Out

My Initial Goals Before Setting Out

I'm Mark.  I'm going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019.  I'm old.  Actually, I'm not old, only 63, but my four grandchildren will all tell you I'm old so...

Mar 21, 2019 : Lucky