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5 Thru-Hikers on How the Trail Changed Their Lives (Part 2)

5 Thru-Hikers on How the Trail Changed Their Lives (Part 2)

The Trek asked, "how has thru hiking changed your life?" From inspiring career changes to improving mental/physical health to meeting a life partner, thru-hiking has had a huge impact on...

Apr 8, 2022 : Penina Satlow
6 Thru-Hikers on How the Trail Changed Their Lives (Part 1)

6 Thru-Hikers on How the Trail Changed Their Lives (Part 1)

This spring, The Trek is highlighting stories of transformation on the trail. How has thru-hiking changed your life? We asked, and you answered. From inspiring career changes to improving

Mar 31, 2022 : Penina Satlow
7 Badass Woman Thru-Hikers Who Inspire Me to Hit the Trails

7 Badass Woman Thru-Hikers Who Inspire Me to Hit the Trails

Women deserve to be celebrated every day, but this month I am reminded of several women whose stories have captivated and motivated me. Here’s a list of badass female thru-hikers...

Mar 23, 2022 : Anna McKinney
14 Damn Good Reasons To Thru Hike The IAT Ulster-Ireland

14 Damn Good Reasons To Thru Hike The IAT Ulster-Ireland

The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland. If you’re looking for a 2022 thru-hike that breaks the standard mold and escapes the crowds...

Feb 28, 2022 : Colleen Goldhorn
Intersecting Ghosts on I-81

Intersecting Ghosts on I-81

My windshield wipers struggle to find their cadence, squealing over the too dry windscreen, otherwise, pausing too long to cloud my vision with droplets and highway grit. Phantoms of yesteryear...

Feb 25, 2022 : NoBo Stoat
All Goals Are Created Equal

All Goals Are Created Equal

I have noticed an occasional through-hiker arrogance I find uncomfortable.  It comes up around discussions about Bill Bryson’s A Hike in the Woods and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. It leaves the ...

Feb 22, 2022 : Joanna Palmer
Scott Benerofe on His Ongoing SOBO Winter AT Thru-Hike

Scott Benerofe on His Ongoing SOBO Winter AT Thru-Hike

"This is hard. I am being challenged. I also think it's so cool."—Scott Benerofe Scott Benerofe, aka Aquaman, is a class of 2019 AT thru-hiker currently attempting a winter SOBO...

Jan 17, 2022 : Penina Satlow
Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About This?! The 5 Hardest Sections of the AT No One Talks About

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About This?! The 5 Hardest Sections of the AT No One Talks About

Because of the hype and fearmongering, I felt mentally prepared to “embrace the suck”.  It was the little talked about sections of trail that really pushed my limits and made...

Jan 4, 2022 : Anna McKinney
Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 27

Congrats to These 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Week of December 27

Look at all these beautiful people! It warms the heart to see so many intrepid hikers braving every torrential thunderstorm, hand-over-foot climb, and national park crowd to finish the AT....

Dec 28, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
No Wings Necessary

No Wings Necessary

There have been more than a few prominent figures throughout the history of the Appalachian Trail. Many of these individuals are trail angels, some of whom spend the entire season...

Dec 27, 2021 : Briana DeSanctis