Why I’m Hiking Lists

Living the Dream on Trail, but Why?

Living the Dream on Trail, but Why?

What a first week for a first-time thru-hiker. Already forgetting what the date or day of the week is; what a feeling! So, I said I'd try to make these...

Mar 9, 2019 : Thomas Diggs
Answering That Question: My Reasons for Hiking the AT

Answering That Question: My Reasons for Hiking the AT

I don’t know why every book, post, or website about hiking any long trail always starts with the the question, “Why?” Perhaps it’s natural to attempt to  justify such a...

Feb 17, 2019 : Sarahmarie Specht-Bird
Why I’m Ditching “Real Life” to Thru-Hike the AT

Why I’m Ditching “Real Life” to Thru-Hike the AT

Hi. I'm Brian. For the past six years, I've been working as an animator director during the day and blogging about food at night. I've managed to design a pretty...

Feb 16, 2019 : Brian Kavanagh
Through Hell and High Water: My Journey to the PCT

Through Hell and High Water: My Journey to the PCT

I sit here in my cozy third-floor bedroom gazing out across space at the trees swaying through the dirty window glass. Soft white light originates from two tall skylights, setting...

Feb 10, 2019 : Sophie Bonstrom
The Impetus Behind My Thru-Hike

The Impetus Behind My Thru-Hike

If you read my bio, you know that I am going to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. So what is the impetus driving me...

Feb 7, 2019 : Karl Halvorson
Reasons I Shouldn’t Hike the Appalachian Trail (And Why I’m Doing it Anyway)

Reasons I Shouldn’t Hike the Appalachian Trail (And Why I’m Doing it Anyway)

I’m going grey-ish. Yesterday, when I parted my hair to braid it, there were a few more glimmering, silver strands than I remember having. They’re pretty and distinguished looking in...

Feb 3, 2019 : Stephanie Messina
Four Lessons to Guide My Thru-Hike

Four Lessons to Guide My Thru-Hike

For many, the first step is acknowledging what you don’t know. Scrolling through countless thru-hiker communities and blogs, I quickly realized that I’m one of the less-experienced backpackers in

Feb 2, 2019 : Sean Speckin
Expedition into the Physical and Mental Frontier

Expedition into the Physical and Mental Frontier

You want to do what? It’s going to take you how long? What are you going to do for food? If you have ever done or planned a thru-hike you...

Feb 1, 2019 : Parker Semin
Thru-Hiking for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Thru-Hiking for Veteran Suicide Prevention

In nine days I start my northbound 2019 Appalachian Trail thru-hike, raising awareness regarding veteran and military service members suicides. On average, 20 veterans and military members kill

Jan 30, 2019 : Michele "Artemis" Rosa
But like, Why?

But like, Why?

Why I am I taking a long walk through the woods? There are several reasons that I am hiking the Appalachian Trail, to understand why you have to understand me....

Jan 27, 2019 : Loren