Why I’m Hiking Lists

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
The Five W’s, One Gap Year, and a 2,189-Mile Decision: Me and the Appalachian Trail

The Five W’s, One Gap Year, and a 2,189-Mile Decision: Me and the Appalachian Trail

What, When, and Where (The Easier W's) I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT), going NOBO, beginning February 1, 2020. Who Who am I? Well, that's a philosophical question that's...

Jan 4, 2020 : Andrea Johnson
Reason for the Season (of Hiking), or Why I’m Hiking the Colorado Trail

Reason for the Season (of Hiking), or Why I’m Hiking the Colorado Trail

My reasons for choosing to hike the Colorado Trail in 2020.

Dec 23, 2019 : Will Harmon
Blazes Are Overrated: Why I’m Hiking in Italy This Summer

Blazes Are Overrated: Why I’m Hiking in Italy This Summer

I feel like a horrible human. My cousin is getting married in Italy this July and I all I could think is why in the heck he couldn't have picked...

Dec 2, 2019 : PsuedoSloth
Maine Motivation

Maine Motivation

As I look forward to this daunting adventure, I can’t help but address the dark thought in the back of my head, one of the worst words in the English...

Dec 1, 2019 : Caleb Bess
Movin’ Ahead So Life Won’t Pass Me By

Movin’ Ahead So Life Won’t Pass Me By

Who Am I? My name is Caleb. I am 21 years old (22 when I hit the trail), and I am just a typical dude almost out of college longing...

Nov 24, 2019 : Caleb Bess
Why I’m Hiking the PCT in 2020

Why I’m Hiking the PCT in 2020

The first question that every aspiring thru-hiker gets (usually after an uncomfortable pause) is, "Why?" So, here it is---my why. To Learn to Let Others Help I like to think...

Nov 17, 2019 : Stephanie Grace
All I Want to be Is Hiker Trash

All I Want to be Is Hiker Trash

"Promise me you won't become a pretentious thru-hiker."-My best friend Coming Out So it turns out that I want to be a pretentious thru-hiker. And I come by it honestly....

Nov 10, 2019 : Meredith Mitchell
Intentions for Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Intentions for Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Why am I thru-hiking, you ask? That's a big question.

Oct 17, 2019 : Reanna Leisure
Now Is the Time to Find Your “Because It’s There”

Now Is the Time to Find Your “Because It’s There”

"Why are you hiking the AT?" Am I prepared to answer this question a million times? I may not have a choice in the matter, but I’m definitely not prepared...

Oct 15, 2019 : Becca