Inspiration

Why They Walked: Portraits of 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

It's been 11 years since I started collecting stories and portraits of northbound thru-hikers as they trek through their final state, Maine. Every year I am astounded by the hikers...

Dec 21, 2018 : Chris Bennett
The Toughest FKT: Meet Alyssa Godesky, the Women’s Supported Long Trail Record Holder

The Toughest FKT: Meet Alyssa Godesky, the Women’s Supported Long Trail Record Holder

On July 26, 2018, Alyssa Godesky set out on Vermont's Long Trail with the intention of setting the new women's supported record on a trail that seems to love laughing...

Dec 18, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Trail Angel Spotlight: Fresh Ground and his Leapfrog Cafe

Trail Angel Spotlight: Fresh Ground and his Leapfrog Cafe

The first time I met Fresh Ground, it was where the Appalachian Trail emerged from the forest at NOBO mile 240. In a small clearing beside River Road on a...

Dec 13, 2018 : Bloodhound
185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

Each year, we invite Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to send us their finish photos, whether they’re lifting their pack over their head atop Katahdin, touching the sign at Springer, or giving...

Dec 12, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
Thru-Hiking the Italian Alps from West to East in Three Months

Thru-Hiking the Italian Alps from West to East in Three Months

A crazy dream lived in us. One of those things that you put on your bucket list of things to do before you're 30, before you have children, before you...

Dec 11, 2018 : Deux Pas Vers L Autre
My Daughter Is an Aspiring 46er, Which Pretty Much Makes Me an Aspiring 46er

My Daughter Is an Aspiring 46er, Which Pretty Much Makes Me an Aspiring 46er

This past summer my teenage daughter and I embarked on attempting to hike the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. If we hike the 46 highest peaks in the 6.1-million acre Adirondack...

Dec 5, 2018 : Scott
Why Do We Hike?

Why Do We Hike?

I’ve always wondered why the trail calls to me so much. I know I enjoy hiking, but why do I like it so much? Why do I enjoy spending days,...

Nov 29, 2018 : Josh Johnson
How to Hike Nepal’s Incredible 150-Mile Annapurna Circuit

How to Hike Nepal’s Incredible 150-Mile Annapurna Circuit

Nepal is where you go when you want to step up your hiking game, when you’re serious about mountains. The Annapurna Circuit is just a hop, skip away from Everest,...

Nov 28, 2018 : Tide Walker
How to Visit Every State Park in Your State

How to Visit Every State Park in Your State

When thinking of iconic spots, big mountain hikes, or awe-inspiring vistas, our country's national parks are often the first thing that comes to mind. While these parks provide recreation for...

Nov 25, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
The 12-Peak Belknaps: A Perfect Intro to Completing a Hiking List

The 12-Peak Belknaps: A Perfect Intro to Completing a Hiking List

The Belknaps consist of 12 official mountains and several locally named "humps," which make 19. By hiking the 12 specific mountains in the range you can earn a Belknap Range Red...

Nov 23, 2018 : Socked In