Section Hiking

Rodriguez Road and the Milky Way

Rodriguez Road and the Milky Way

  I've always wanted to see the Milky Way. Over the years I've seen all the photos, the same ones you've seen - the cloud of stars like a necklace,...

Oct 15, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
Pipsissewa, Trillium, and Shaffer: Histories and Personal Heroes

Pipsissewa, Trillium, and Shaffer: Histories and Personal Heroes

Shaffer and the trail In 1948 Earl Shaffer put on a backpack. He laced up his boots and started walking step-by-step out of Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia. According to the...

Oct 9, 2017 : Clara Hatcher
Learning How to be Alone: My First Three Days on the Northville Placid Trail

Learning How to be Alone: My First Three Days on the Northville Placid Trail

Hello, there!   Let me start by giving you an idea of who I am. I’m Rachel, I’m originally from Western New York, and I just graduated from Amherst College...

Sep 27, 2017 : Rachel Welch
Super Dave and the air mattress mistake

Super Dave and the air mattress mistake

I was shaken down again in Mt. Laguna by Keith, who drew another, larger, similarly interested crowd. Everyone was hot and putting off leaving, so a shakedown was welcome change....

Sep 23, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
I Walked 1,000 Miles: An Open Letter To The Proclaimers

I Walked 1,000 Miles: An Open Letter To The Proclaimers

Dear Charlie and Craig, In March 2017 I set out to hike as much of the Appalachian Trail as I possibly could. I quickly realized this meant accomplishing something you...

Sep 19, 2017 : Lil Wayne
Sometimes Your Heart is Broken

Sometimes Your Heart is Broken

In an ideal world... meticulous planning, preparation and training can come together and produce a successful experience on the AT. Ideally. However, there are some things you just can't

Sep 3, 2017 : Ruth Morley
What I Learned on This Year’s LASH

What I Learned on This Year’s LASH

At the end of every hike, it's a good idea to look back and reflect about what you learned and resolve to do some things differently next time. An Observation...

Aug 28, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Shakedowns and other terrifying things

Shakedowns and other terrifying things

Beginning this thing, long distance hiking, has been a process wrought with self-doubt for me. Throughout the dreaming and planning, I arrive at junctures where I meet myself unprepared and...

Aug 18, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
Day zero: San Diego and the secret panic attack

Day zero: San Diego and the secret panic attack

San Diego rolled into sight like a colorful beach ball, immediately charming with the sailboats and the ocean and the airport all chummy as if they'd been friends forever. The...

Aug 18, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
Katahdin Will Be There Next Year

Katahdin Will Be There Next Year

Katahdin Isn't Going Anywhere As I headed north, it became clear that I wasn't going to make Katahdin before my second grandchild was born.  I have to be there to...

Jul 31, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)