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When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey Author: Derick Lugo MSRP: $19.95 (210 pp.; August 2019) Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books These days, thru-hiking memoirs are as

Dec 11, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Giveaway] “Americana,” Graphic Novel About the PCT

[Book Giveaway] “Americana,” Graphic Novel About the PCT

Luke Healy’s Americana is a graphic memoir chronicling the author’s 2016 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Through illustrations and interludes of prose, Healy brings to life the everyday joys,

Oct 9, 2019 : Jessica Tinios
Thru-Hiking with Wildfires: Risk Factors and What You Need to Know

Thru-Hiking with Wildfires: Risk Factors and What You Need to Know

Wildfires can happen anywhere in the country. Here's the info on why fires happen and what you need to know to stay safe.

Sep 23, 2019 : Alex Murphy
Is YouTube Good for Long-Distance Trails?

Is YouTube Good for Long-Distance Trails?

In the world of long-distance hiking, it’s become as predictable as snow in the Sierra or the riot of wildflowers in rolling Virginia pastures in April: Each season, a new...

Aug 19, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The Truth Behind 9 Common Appalachian Trail Myths

The Truth Behind 9 Common Appalachian Trail Myths

Whether you’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail, are in the planning stages, or simply dreaming, chances are you’ve heard a lot of “facts” about the AT that may or may not...

Jun 24, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
TRAIL DAYS 2019: Hiker Portraits and Festival Experience

TRAIL DAYS 2019: Hiker Portraits and Festival Experience

Hello, folks! Furiosa (or Fury) here, bringing you a rewind and reflection of Trail Days 2019 in Damascus, VA. I had the pleasure of working with the gang at The...

Jun 6, 2019 : Amber Redfield
Revisited: Reacting with Fear – A Woman’s Perspective on Solo Travel

Revisited: Reacting with Fear – A Woman’s Perspective on Solo Travel

Yes, there are risks involved in wandering off by yourself and yes, I understand that women are ‘targeted’ more often then men.But I refuse to let the fears of "what...

May 30, 2019 : Rachel Cheatham
Examining the Real Numbers Behind Violent Instances on the Appalachian Trail

Examining the Real Numbers Behind Violent Instances on the Appalachian Trail

Note: This story has been updated to include new information regarding the total number of murders on the trail. According to Brian King, publisher for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, there...

May 24, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Honoring Stronghold, and a Life Well Lived on the Appalachian Trail

Honoring Stronghold, and a Life Well Lived on the Appalachian Trail

By all accounts, Ronald "Stronghold" Sanchez Jr. was where he wanted to be: Hiking the Appalachian Trail and trying to put years of post-Iraq War trauma behind him. “He was...

May 20, 2019 : Hugh Owen