Why I’m Hiking Lists

Hiking SOBO and Meeting the Crowd Head-On

Hiking SOBO and Meeting the Crowd Head-On

“Why are you hiking the AT?” The question of all questions, am I right? There have been many different answers I’ve heard, but there have also been times when people...

May 23, 2018 : tori ann
Decision Time

Decision Time

A couple months ago I went to visit a close friend in Massachusetts and we walked around Walden Pond where Henry Thoreau wrote Walden; or Life in the Woods. I...

Apr 29, 2018 : Corey Schaffer
The Whys of My PCT Thru-Hike

The Whys of My PCT Thru-Hike

In my attempts to remain as present as possible for the last few months leading up to my thru-hike, I have been putting off thinking and/or talking about the reasons...

Apr 13, 2018 : Greg Simpson
Our “Why”

Our “Why”

We are now at less than one month until we start our flip-flop thru hike. Reality is starting to set in. We alternate from being incredibly excited to queasy with...

Apr 13, 2018 : AJ
Hey, Ya’ll : What I’ve Been up to, Why I’m Hiking the PCT

Hey, Ya’ll : What I’ve Been up to, Why I’m Hiking the PCT

Why I hiked the Appalachian Trail:            Every thru-hiker gets the question “Why are you hiking the (insert trail name here)?” Perhaps this inquiry is easier for some and more difficult...

Apr 9, 2018 : Peanut
While I Wait, Here’s Why I’m Hiking

While I Wait, Here’s Why I’m Hiking

All the gear is bought and packed, just staring at me from the corner of my room.  I've quit all my jobs, moved most everything to storage, and the going...

Apr 7, 2018 : Liz Syster
Embracing My Crazy

Embracing My Crazy

To go or not to go… Since I made the decision to hike the A.T. my inner world has been quite the roller-coaster ride. I’ve been a royal flip-flopper of...

Mar 26, 2018 : Gwen Nitya
My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

Today I start my journey from Mexico to Canada on the PCT. I’ve been dreaming about this for almost two years — and it’s finally here. It’s surreal to think...

Mar 25, 2018 : Janel Healy
“Because It’s There”: My Personal Everest

“Because It’s There”: My Personal Everest

Every person I come into contact with who hears that I plan on hiking the full Appalachian Trail asks me why I do it. To quote mountaineer George Mallory: “Because...

Mar 13, 2018 : Jenna Petersen
Five Good Reasons To Hike the CDT

Five Good Reasons To Hike the CDT

1. To Finish My Triple Crown When I set out on the AT many years ago I didn’t realize where that trail would take me. It not only took me...

Mar 10, 2018 : Nick Cornell