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Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. Between 1948 and 1951, just three men walked...

Oct 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

The Great Strides series will be an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. In 1958, a Welsh immigrant...

Sep 22, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

Barney Scout Mann is so ingrained in trail culture that there aren’t quotation marks around his trail name on the cover of his remarkable new memoir, Journeys North: The Pacific...

Aug 27, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
10 Highs and 5 Lows from My 2018 Arizona Trail Thru-Hike

10 Highs and 5 Lows from My 2018 Arizona Trail Thru-Hike

If the AZT is not in your backyard and yet you’re still interested in exploring it’s ruddy canyons, high plateaus, and sun washed deserts, consider reading about my 2018 experiences...

Jul 17, 2020 : Jean Taggart
Patricia Cameron on How Colorado Blackpackers is Fighting for Economic Equity Outdoors

Patricia Cameron on How Colorado Blackpackers is Fighting for Economic Equity Outdoors

From micro aggressive remarks to blatant racism, BIPOC hikers experience the outdoors differently. Knowing this, Colorado Blackpackers is working to open the outdoors to a diversified set of people.

Jun 25, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Help Wanted: Beer Drinking Appalachian Trail Hiker

Help Wanted: Beer Drinking Appalachian Trail Hiker

Yes, you read that right. Despite the recent surge in unemployment, there is a position available that requires hiking the Appalachian Trail and drinking beer; and it includes a salary...

Jun 22, 2020 : Jim Rahtz
AT History Lesson: The Invasion of Hot Springs

AT History Lesson: The Invasion of Hot Springs

If you have hiked northbound on the Appalachian Trail, you will remember the views from Max Patch, the quickening anticipation of a town stay as you stopped at Deer Park...

Jun 10, 2020 : Guest Post
Hiking on the AT on the Anniversary of a Trail Murder

Hiking on the AT on the Anniversary of a Trail Murder

“This trip marks, almost to the day, the anniversary of Sanchez’s death.”  My friend, trail name Bubbles (NOBO 2019), breaks the silence between us. We have completed an 18-mile day...

Jun 7, 2020 : Elise Wallace
Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

One of the universal characteristics of people who love the outdoors is that we enthusiastically lean into discomfort.  The outdoors community is mostly white, which has allowed us the privilege

Jun 3, 2020 : The Editors
[Book Review] First Book Dedicated to Shelters is a Gorgeous, Informative View of the AT and its History

[Book Review] First Book Dedicated to Shelters is a Gorgeous, Informative View of the AT and its History

The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-Tos, and Huts Author: Sarah Jones Decker Publisher: Rizzoli International, 304 pages with color and black-and-white photos MSRP: $27.50 Where to

Jun 3, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans