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Five Takeaways from Taum Sauk Shakedown

Five Takeaways from Taum Sauk Shakedown

I was able to go on a 26-mile shakedown hike a few days ago on the Taum Sauk section of the Ozark Trail in Missouri and this is what I...

Jan 11, 2020 : Caleb Bess
“You’re Going to do What?!” Responses Everyone Says to a Potential Thru-Hiker

“You’re Going to do What?!” Responses Everyone Says to a Potential Thru-Hiker

When I tell people that I’m going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, I get a mountain of questions. Some are basic questions because they don’t know much, if anything, about...

Jan 10, 2020 : Kayla Bold
I Saved $8,000 in Four Months for My Thru-Hike

I Saved $8,000 in Four Months for My Thru-Hike

In July 2018, I left my job shortly before relocating to Nashville Tennessee. During the following 14 months, our household learned how to live on a single income. My Advantages ...

Jan 10, 2020 : Shannon R
Pre-Hike Insomnia

Pre-Hike Insomnia

I've had trouble sleeping, my mania is all over the place.  I think of the trail during the entire day, but I can't seem to feel like I'm making any...

Jan 10, 2020 : Beth
Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Obviously, I want to finish a thru-hike. I’m not hopping on the trail all willy-nilly and just seeing what happens. I have a clear and defined goal for the next...

Jan 9, 2020 : John Mecklin
Hiking for Sanity. My Motivations to Hike the PCT

Hiking for Sanity. My Motivations to Hike the PCT

The Formative Years I’ve worn a lot of different hats in my life. In my youth I was quiet, shy, athletic, and outdoorsy. I played soccer and basketball, roller skated,...

Jan 9, 2020 : Shannon R
How to Train for a Thru-Hike while Working that Cubicle Life

How to Train for a Thru-Hike while Working that Cubicle Life

You can't. Let’s be honest. There is no way you can physically train your body to endure the amount of strain you will put yourself through in a few short...

Jan 8, 2020 : Emily and Parkes
Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

"Oh, you're going the opposite way!" O RLY? I can't tell you how much this phrase began to grate on my nerves over the 2,650-mile trip from Canada to Mexico....

Jan 8, 2020 : Righteous
Wildlife Safety on the Great Divide Trail

Wildlife Safety on the Great Divide Trail

Let me start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. To safe and sublime adventures in 2020. As the Great Divide Trail (GDT) winds its way north, it passes through...

Jan 7, 2020 : Kelly McDonald
Pre-Trail Depression: A Victim of the New PCT Permitting System

Pre-Trail Depression: A Victim of the New PCT Permitting System

Every morning begins with a sudden shock; a quick snap to a nonstop rapid fire cycle of thoughts surrounding the actualization of my longtime dream of thru-hiking of the Pacific...

Jan 6, 2020 : Logan Nigh