Trail Update

A Summary of Springer-Fontana Dam

A Summary of Springer-Fontana Dam

The first days are the worst. Coming out on the trail you have an expectation of how it’s going to be. My expectations quickly changed after day 1. The first...

Apr 18, 2021 : Jenny Bush
Days 6-8: Perseverance, Trail Magic, and New Friends 

Days 6-8: Perseverance, Trail Magic, and New Friends 

After a luxurious night at the Fairfield, I was anxious to get moving. As soon as I realized there weren’t going to be thunderstorms, I knew I wanted to get...

Apr 18, 2021 : Laurie Adams
AT Days 19-21

AT Days 19-21

Standing Bear to Walnut Mountain Shelter: 20.3 miles After a chill night hanging out at the Standing Bear Hostel with other hikers, I was on trail by 6:45 ready for...

Apr 18, 2021 : Max Kiel
Traversing the Smokies pt. 2: AT Days 17-18

Traversing the Smokies pt. 2: AT Days 17-18

Day 17: Mt Collins Shelter to Tri-Corner Knob Shelter, 20.6 miles Another early start had me on trail by 7:15, beginning my hike through a 2 mile flat section through...

Apr 17, 2021 : Max Kiel
Pacific Crest Trail Day 8: Morning, Geographic Diversity, and People

Pacific Crest Trail Day 8: Morning, Geographic Diversity, and People

Morning I’m hiking with my dear friend Diane, who got her trail name, Guppy, a couple of days ago on her 61st birthday. We have been having a blast chatting...

Apr 17, 2021 : Terri Schneider
Star Giraffe

Star Giraffe

Check it out. We are sitting in a line on a Therm-a-Rest foam pad: Cheese Slice, myself, Magnet, and Tosser. Our heads are tilted up and we are drinking in...

Apr 16, 2021 : Lil Ghost
Still Here, and Exploring Letchworth

Still Here, and Exploring Letchworth

This post has nothing and everything to do with thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. It's about getting these old bones and, especially, my head, ready to step through the arch next...

Apr 15, 2021 : pearwood
All Jokes About the Desert are Dry Humor

All Jokes About the Desert are Dry Humor

Coming out of Idyllwild, I had expected snowy conditions, but the extent to which that section challenged me both physically and emotionally took me by surprise. There were many points...

Apr 15, 2021 : Rachel Frey
Traversing the Smokies pt. 1: AT Days 15-16

Traversing the Smokies pt. 1: AT Days 15-16

Day 15: Fontana Marina to Spence Field Shelter; 19.4 miles After being dropped off back at the Marina parking lot, Penguin and I followed the AT up to the Fontana...

Apr 15, 2021 : Max Kiel
The One Where I Befriend the Cold [AT Mile 69.2-165.9]

The One Where I Befriend the Cold [AT Mile 69.2-165.9]

The Daily Breakdown Day 9: 11.8 miles from Dick's Creek Gap to Muskrat Creek Shelter Day 10: 12.5 miles to Carter Gap Shelter Day 11: 12.1 miles to Rock Gap...

Apr 13, 2021 : Ann Marie White