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These Outdoor Brands Are Stepping it up During the COVID-19 Outbreak

These Outdoor Brands Are Stepping it up During the COVID-19 Outbreak

From Cascade Designs Inc. to L.L. Bean, outdoor gear retailers are shifting their factory production lines to face masks and medical gowns to clothe and protect health care workers on...

Apr 7, 2020 : Hugh Owen
ATC, Trail Clubs Ask Feds to Close Appalachian Trail until April 30; Georgia Bans Nonessential Travel

ATC, Trail Clubs Ask Feds to Close Appalachian Trail until April 30; Georgia Bans Nonessential Travel

(Updated 5 p.m. MT, April 8) The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 29 of the 31 Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs have asked the federal government to close the entire Appalachian Trail...

Apr 2, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

(Updated 12:30 p.m. MT, April 1) Director of Communications and Marketing for the PCTA, Scott Wilkinson has stated: "What we're now telling the hiking community is to stay off the...

Mar 31, 2020 : The Editors
AT Thru-Hikers Who Left the Trail Can Take 12 Months to Have ATC Certify Hike

AT Thru-Hikers Who Left the Trail Can Take 12 Months to Have ATC Certify Hike

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced Tuesday, March 31, that it would recognize all thru-hikers who left the trail because of COVID-19 to be recognized as a thru-hiker and 2,000-miler if...

Mar 31, 2020 : Hugh Owen
CDTC to Host Virtual Trail Days for Entire Month of April

CDTC to Host Virtual Trail Days for Entire Month of April

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) has announced that its sixth annual Trail Days Celebration will now be held virtually via Facebook live stream, due to the initial weekend plans...

Mar 30, 2020 : Andrew Murphy
Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Dies in San Jacinto Mountains; Conditions Called Dangerous

Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Dies in San Jacinto Mountains; Conditions Called Dangerous

A Pacific Crest Trail hiker died in the San Jacinto Mountains on Friday, March 27, Cal Fire officials said on Twitter. The hiker, Trevor Laher, slipped on snow-covered ice near...

Mar 27, 2020 : Hugh Owen
(Updated) CDTC Asks Thru-Hikers to Postpone, Avoid Discretionary Travel to Reflect Closures and Stay-at-Home Orders

(Updated) CDTC Asks Thru-Hikers to Postpone, Avoid Discretionary Travel to Reflect Closures and Stay-at-Home Orders

On March 17, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition requested that 2020 CDT hikers postpone their section and thru-hikes due to COVID-19.

Mar 27, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
The ATC Asks People to “Please Stay Off the Appalachian Trail,” Including Day Hikes

The ATC Asks People to “Please Stay Off the Appalachian Trail,” Including Day Hikes

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued a statement Monday, March 23, asking people to stay off the Appalachian Trail altogether.  This includes day hikes and pertains to the full length of...

Mar 23, 2020 : The Editors
Trail-Related Closures Due to COVID-19

Trail-Related Closures Due to COVID-19

(Updated 5:30 p.m. MT, April 8) The Trek is committed to providing the latest news on trail-related closures, postponements, and cancellations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you know of...

Mar 18, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Coronavirus on the AT: Crowded Shelters and Precautions; ATC Says Stay Home

Coronavirus on the AT: Crowded Shelters and Precautions; ATC Says Stay Home

(Updated 9 a.m. MT, March 22) The thru-hiking season is in full bloom on the Appalachian Trail, and as hikers trek north from Georgia to Katahdin the world around them...

Mar 17, 2020 : Hugh Owen