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Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: June 23-July 9

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: June 23-July 9

Congratulations to all of the early-bird 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Jul 10, 2019 : Rachel S
Meet the Thru-Hiking Artists Inspired by the Appalachian Trail

Meet the Thru-Hiking Artists Inspired by the Appalachian Trail

Rebecca “V-Dub” Harnish One spring day in 2018, Tina Tempest, owner of the Quarter Way Inn hostel near Ceres, VA, noticed one of her guests sitting at the table creating...

Jul 7, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Massanutten Loop Trail: A 70-Mile Ridgeline Challenge in Northern Virginia

Massanutten Loop Trail: A 70-Mile Ridgeline Challenge in Northern Virginia

Nestled along a ridgeline in Northern Virginia sits a little-known trail called the Massanutten Loop Trail. The trail has great views that have to be earned by bursts of elevation...

Jun 1, 2019 : Chris Guynn
Can You Find Kyrgyzstan on a Map? Now Might Be The Time

Can You Find Kyrgyzstan on a Map? Now Might Be The Time

Of course, there is no shortage of places to go hiking in the world (at least for now). The AT, PCT, and CDT are more than most people can get...

Jun 1, 2019 : John Griffin
The Lakeshore Trail: Travel the Length of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

The Lakeshore Trail: Travel the Length of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks is the setting for the Lakeshore Trail. The path runs the length of the park, approximately 43 miles, and is often within sight of Lake Superior and its...

May 31, 2019 : Jim Rahtz
The Great Ocean Walk: 104 Kilometers of Stunning Variety in Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Walk: 104 Kilometers of Stunning Variety in Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Walk is the hike where I fell for thru-hiking. Starting in Apollo Bay and ending at the Twelve Apostles, this coastal trail packs a lifetime of experiences...

May 27, 2019 : Dawn Brintnall
The Big Bend 100: The Newest Long-Distance Trail in Texas

The Big Bend 100: The Newest Long-Distance Trail in Texas

In an attempt to give Texas a desirable long trail, two Texas backpackers headed to the Big Bend region to create a new 100 mile trail. The Big Bend 100...

May 24, 2019 : Alex Murphy
TEARing Across Europe

TEARing Across Europe

Thousands of us aspire to hike across the United States each year, whether it’s via the PCT, the AT, or the CDT. For a lot of us, one long-distance thru-hike...

May 22, 2019 : Jenna Duesterhoeft
Thru-Hiking the 1,100-Mile Florida Trail With My Blind Dog

Thru-Hiking the 1,100-Mile Florida Trail With My Blind Dog

Katana and I have been hiking together since our maiden thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014. She was three years old and I was 24. In 2016 we began...

May 17, 2019 : Kyle Rohrig
The Pacific Northwest Trail: 1,200 Miles of Rugged Wilderness

The Pacific Northwest Trail: 1,200 Miles of Rugged Wilderness

The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail is a 1200-mile route crossing the northern reaches of Montana, Idaho and Washington. This year the trail celebrates its tenth anniversary as a National...

Apr 26, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer