Hiker Intro

I Have a Trail Name!!

I Have a Trail Name!!

On the way to Stehekin, Travis and I began hiking with two other SOBO hikers, Shane and Salty. Naturally, the idea of trail names is circling and we’re all thinking...

Jul 12, 2021 : Morgan Balog
The Attempt Begins… Almost

The Attempt Begins… Almost

Dear Internet, I struggled for hours with what to put in this introductory post. There was no reason for me to because: (1) it’s not how you start, it’s how...

Jun 28, 2021 : Joe Berusch
Gone Hikin’

Gone Hikin’

Goodbyes are hard, even when it is really just “see ya later.” This week I have done all of my favorite things in Tennessee for the “last time,” and while...

Jun 25, 2021 : Logan Roark
How I Got to Thru-Hiking

How I Got to Thru-Hiking

I was a bit stumped on how to introduce myself.  How does one describe a circuitous journey to spending day after day in the outdoors?

Jun 24, 2021 : Emily Rahn
I’m not nervous, you’re nervous!

I’m not nervous, you’re nervous!

T-1 day until I start hiking the Pacific Crest Trail southbound. Hart’s Pass is showing zero inches of snow and next week’s temperature is predicted to only get as low...

Jun 22, 2021 : Morgan Balog
Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

TLDR; I’m hiking because I’m sad my mom died and a medium told me to go to the woods to find myself. Skeptical? Fair enough, I would be rolling my...

Jun 18, 2021 : Ellie B.
A Twisted Obsession With Type II Fun : Why the JMT 2021

A Twisted Obsession With Type II Fun : Why the JMT 2021

So It Begins I blame Caitlin for all of this. 5 years ago, she gently bullied me into joining her husband, Mike, on a thru-hike in the Eastern Sierras (the...

Jun 14, 2021 : Kate Rose
What am I Getting Myself Into?

What am I Getting Myself Into?

I drove up to Burlington, Vermont a couple of weeks ago to visit some friends, and as Camel’s Hump became visible in the distance, I couldn’t help but feel a...

May 29, 2021 : Kim Joyce
From Dorm Life to Camp Life:  Preparing for a Thru-Hike as a College Student

From Dorm Life to Camp Life: Preparing for a Thru-Hike as a College Student

People often tell us to go to school for something we’re passionate about, but unfortunately, I have yet to find a 4-year degree for thru-hiking.  I’m in the final weeks...

May 18, 2021 : Ellie Tillma
AT Thru-Hike Prep (Day 3 of 3)

AT Thru-Hike Prep (Day 3 of 3)

What backpack size will work for this? I am using a 65-liter pack that can support 35 to 50 pounds of gear. The question is, how much gear are you...

May 13, 2021 : Chad Thome