Hiker Intro

Why the Heck Am I Doing This?

Why the Heck Am I Doing This?

I heard about this walking thing in March... One month earlier I had it all figured out. I was gymming every day, pushing and sitting up every night.  I probably...

Jun 26, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
From Never Backpacking to Springer in Two Months

From Never Backpacking to Springer in Two Months

From having never backpacked in my life to Springer Mountain, this is the story of how I decided, planned, and hit the Appalachian Trail in two months.

Apr 24, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Horizon of a Thru-Hike: QAF and Prep

Horizon of a Thru-Hike: QAF and Prep

In the first entry, Carl responds to questions that he commonly encountered in his pre-hike season. Also, check out every item in his pack and its precise weight! Check it...

Apr 17, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
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
Doubts, Sure. But Grateful for This Path

Doubts, Sure. But Grateful for This Path

Phew! It's about damn time. One more month to go. One more month until I begin my second thru-hike. One more month until I realize again the true freedom experienced...

Apr 2, 2018 : Greg Simpson
“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
Faith Is a Step Toward Your Dreams

Faith Is a Step Toward Your Dreams

Thank you for joining me on my adventure of a lifetime. As I prepare to hike the 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, I hope that every step will not...

Jan 27, 2018 : Khalil Karl
Never Stop: Journey In Potential

Never Stop: Journey In Potential

Well here goes... I leave for the Appalachian Trail on January 28th, 2018 and I have no idea what I’m getting myself into... In 2015 I stumbled on a video by National...

Jan 24, 2018 : Michael Papadatos
Hip Surgery Behind Him,  Thru-Hike Comes Into Focus

Hip Surgery Behind Him, Thru-Hike Comes Into Focus

I had been given back my gait and was walking without a limp. I was balanced again. I was back on the trail and in a much better place.

Jan 20, 2018 : Victor Hipcat Perrotti
To Bring Or Not To Bring: Flip-Flop Preparations

To Bring Or Not To Bring: Flip-Flop Preparations

Do you dream of thru hiking but are not sure how to begin researching? Or are you prepping for your own thru hike and are looking for a few last...

Jan 16, 2018 : AJ