Inspiration

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Bad Idea” and Willow

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – “Bad Idea” and Willow

This is the second installment of my Trail Days 2024 Hiker's Stories.  Here is a link to the first installment. It seemed like Tent City in the south end of...

May 27, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Some might describe Trail Days in Damascus, VA as time when AT hikers, both current and former, gather to share stories and the camaraderie of the trail community. It can...

May 23, 2024 : John Edward Harris
How a rodent made me get serious about my base weight

How a rodent made me get serious about my base weight

Wet, everything is wet. My tent is wet, my quilt is wet, my rain jacket lies in a sodden wet pile in the corner of my tent, wetter than it...

May 22, 2024 : Scorpion Queen
PCT inspiration and eclipse

PCT inspiration and eclipse

What inspired me to begin this trek along the Pacific Crest Trail? Let's go back to fall 2023. I found myself along with another long time teacher at my school...

Apr 18, 2024 : PCT Flip Flop
[Book Excerpt] Arctic Traverse: A Thousand-Mile Summer of Trekking the Brooks Range by Michael Engelhard

[Book Excerpt] Arctic Traverse: A Thousand-Mile Summer of Trekking the Brooks Range by Michael Engelhard

This is a guest post by Michael Engelhard. Arctic Traverse is out on 1 April 2024. Arctic Traverse, by veteran wilderness guide, outdoor educator, and trained anthropologist Michael

Mar 20, 2024 : Guest Post
A Bundle of “I don’t knows”

A Bundle of “I don’t knows”

Hello fellow Trekkers! My name is Saida and I am a 33 year old female, Los Angeles native. My current home base is Sacramento, CA where I relocated to in...

Feb 26, 2024 : Saida Garcia
Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

New Year, New Trail After a year away from thru-hiking, it's time to get back onto the trail. Since immersing myself in thru-hiking culture in 2017, it's been a significant...

Feb 26, 2024 : Thomas Allie
In Praise of Trail Angels: An Essential Part of the AT Experience

In Praise of Trail Angels: An Essential Part of the AT Experience

I had no idea what to expect when I set off from Springer Mountain in early March of 2015. I had never been backpacking for longer than a few nights,...

Feb 12, 2024 : Maggie Slepian
Let Me Tell You about Wilderness Volunteers

Let Me Tell You about Wilderness Volunteers

It’s an understatement to say that I value my time spent thru hiking on the big three trails (AT, PCT, CDT).  Another understatement: These trails don’t maintain themselves.  Another understatement: 

Feb 3, 2024 : Katie Eckman
Book Review: Tales from the Trail – Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

Book Review: Tales from the Trail – Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

Most AT thru-hikers and even some sectional hikers have probably spent a night or two sleeping and showering at the Hiker Hostel of The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in...

Jan 24, 2024 : John Edward Harris