Why I’m Hiking Lists

Thru hiker thoughts: how I realized why I was hiking the AT

Thru hiker thoughts: how I realized why I was hiking the AT

I had lost sight of a specific reason why I was hiking the Appalachian Trail. It was becoming daunting that I couldn't even provide an answer to all that asked....

Dec 18, 2017 : Raider
Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 18

Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 18

The most common question I receive is "Why?" Hiking the Appalachian Trail at any age is not only the biggest blessing, but it is also the biggest test of your...

Nov 26, 2017 : Samantha Rhodes
Remember This On The Bad Days

Remember This On The Bad Days

We’ve all heard it said time and time again- a thru hike is more mentally challenging than physically. This idea makes me think of Dixie’s videos from Homemade Wanderlust. She...

Nov 22, 2017 : Si Tibbetts
The Hardest Question for this Aspiring Thru-Hiker to Answer: Why?

The Hardest Question for this Aspiring Thru-Hiker to Answer: Why?

When I announce that I’m planning to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail next year, I get all kinds of questions. The most common ones are easy to answer: “The whole thing?”...

Nov 5, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent
Bow Drill to Blazes

Bow Drill to Blazes

The Bow Drill Battle SNAP... one of the sticks on my bow drill broke AGAIN... I had been trying to make a fire for at least 3 hours, and the...

Nov 3, 2017 : Christina Cozzens
Why I Am Hiking The PCT Before The AT

Why I Am Hiking The PCT Before The AT

There are two types of hikers. There are the quiet folks like Carty, who have told only a select few of her upcoming adventure. Then there are people like me....

Nov 2, 2017 : Si Tibbetts
Why I Should Not Hike the Appalachian Trail

Why I Should Not Hike the Appalachian Trail

I know, I know. Why start with something so negative? Well, I just need to air out all my doubts and all the doubts that other people have about this...

Sep 19, 2017 : Esther Burghouwt
5 Reasons Why I Am Hiking the John Muir Trail

5 Reasons Why I Am Hiking the John Muir Trail

Hi there, the name's Liz. I am a twenty-something year-old with a hearty appetite for the outdoors. Growing up in Los Angeles, California, I've spent more time stuck in bumper-to-bumper,

Aug 11, 2017 : Liz
Everything Wonderland

Everything Wonderland

I dusted off the old gear. My Salomons and trekking poles were caked with mud from taking them up Mount Leconte. My Sawyer Mini was in desperate need of backflushing....

Jul 17, 2017 : Jennifer Williams
I Hike Because…

I Hike Because…

The trail is my home The AT will always be my OG Trail, but any trail that takes me into the wilderness is home to me. It's where I feel...

Jul 1, 2017 : Amber Redfield