Hiker Intro

My Journey from Polo to YOLO

My Journey from Polo to YOLO

Change #1 It was senior year of high school, Lil Wayne was blaring through the speakers of my Chevy HHR as I drove to my private Christian school. Something was...

Nov 18, 2019 : Emily and Parkes
We All Have an Origin Story

We All Have an Origin Story

Mine begins in 1990, when I was just ten years old. My father decided that we’d kick off my summer vacation that year by going on a backpacking trip together,...

Nov 13, 2019 : Shepard
My Name Is Emily, and I Am a Closet Hiker Trash

My Name Is Emily, and I Am a Closet Hiker Trash

Coming Out I find myself envious of those who are able to post screenshots of their permit approvals on their social media accounts. As of now this is my only...

Nov 10, 2019 : Emily and Parkes
The Hike Has Already Begun; Road to the PCT

The Hike Has Already Begun; Road to the PCT

To the salesman at Walmart who lured me in to ask how much I currently pay for internet, I am simply a liar, insane, a cotton-headed ninny muggins? He asked...

Nov 7, 2019 : Emily and Parkes
Those Behind Me: Carrying More Than a Pack While on Trail

Those Behind Me: Carrying More Than a Pack While on Trail

Hikers carry more than pack weight while on trail. These are the people I carry with me, and the reason why I'm doing the AT.

Nov 5, 2019 : Jacob Myers
What Causes Someone to Want to Hike 2,000+ Miles?

What Causes Someone to Want to Hike 2,000+ Miles?

What gives someone the idea of going out into the woods to walk instead of going straight to college?

Nov 1, 2019 : Ben
Out of the Fog, into the Clouds: A Prospective Thru-Hiker’s Path to Sobriety

Out of the Fog, into the Clouds: A Prospective Thru-Hiker’s Path to Sobriety

During one particularly bad hangover I decided I never wanted to feel that terrible again in my life. The all-too-familiar forests of Connecticut were the first place I ended up...

Oct 30, 2019 : Alexander Dyson
Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020

Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020

Suddenly, in the midst of this loss, I realized I hadn’t been using my time wisely—a realization not uncommon amongst aspiring thru-hikers. I had lived for so many years just...

Oct 28, 2019 : Lily Matilda
I’m Choosing Myself, or Why I’m Thru-Hiking the Colorado Trail

I’m Choosing Myself, or Why I’m Thru-Hiking the Colorado Trail

What gives? Why a service industry professional is finally making herself a priority.

Oct 25, 2019 : Taryn Wem
Take the Jump and Seize the Day

Take the Jump and Seize the Day

My first time in a plane, I jumped out of it. Well, the professional skydiver I was attached to did most of the work, but you get the gist. I’ve...

Oct 15, 2019 : Lauren Planas