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[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
Are the Triple Crown Trails Getting Some Much Needed Recovery? It’s Complicated.

Are the Triple Crown Trails Getting Some Much Needed Recovery? It’s Complicated.

Every year, millions of people step onto the country’s long-distance trails, but this year many sections of the AT, PCT, and CDT remain dormant. The disappointing start to the 2020...

May 14, 2020 : Alex Murphy
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking partner decided to camp at Pen Mar Park....

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Trail Science: Grief, Depression, and Identity in the Time of COVID-19

Trail Science: Grief, Depression, and Identity in the Time of COVID-19

Last fall I interviewed 20 hikers about their experiences transitioning from long trails—specifically, about their experiences with so-called post-trail depression. I wanted to examine similarities

Apr 30, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
[Film Highlight] “Highline”: Ten Days on the Uinta Highline Trail

[Film Highlight] “Highline”: Ten Days on the Uinta Highline Trail

Highline is a feature-length film that chronicles the history and splendor of the scarcely known Uinta Highline Trail (UHT), through the eyes of five friends who carry much more weight...

Apr 6, 2020 : Andrew Murphy
Our Toxic Conversations, Not Coronavirus, Will Destroy the Hiking Community

Our Toxic Conversations, Not Coronavirus, Will Destroy the Hiking Community

My husband isn't a hiker, so I am always telling him about the hiking community. I share with him how friendly hikers are and how much they care for other...

Mar 30, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
9 Books about Thru-Hiking and the Outdoors to Read During Quarantine

9 Books about Thru-Hiking and the Outdoors to Read During Quarantine

Hello everyone, and welcome to our updated reality. Instead of trail updates and backpacking roundups, we're doing yoga on our floors and realizing the Netflix selection is worse than we...

Mar 24, 2020 : The Editors
Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

In the grand scheme of people, events, and industries impacted by the coronavirus, a thru-hike falls somewhere in the middle. It's a huge commitment and has a major impact on...

Mar 16, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Interviewing an Artist: Elina Osborne on her PCT Film Experience

Interviewing an Artist: Elina Osborne on her PCT Film Experience

It is no secret that thru-hiking is good for the soul, but some people find that a months-long sojourn in the wilderness also does wonders for their creative sides. Year...

Feb 11, 2020 : Rachel S
What About the Kids? Confessions of a Thru-Hiking Mom

What About the Kids? Confessions of a Thru-Hiking Mom

"But what about the kids?" I had just finished my excited announcement to my father-in-law as we sat across his well-worn dining room table. He was a joyful man that...

Feb 10, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser