Completed Thru-Hikers

Two Speed’s Final Steps on a Long Journey

Two Speed’s Final Steps on a Long Journey

I made my last few miles into Canada and to Manning Park Lodge on Aug. 15. It was a trip with a meaning that's hard to explain for those who...

Aug 17, 2018 : Chris Guynn
Southbounding the PCT, Part 5: The Last Words

Southbounding the PCT, Part 5: The Last Words

It's officially SOBO season. The Hart's Pass Snotel plot hit zero last week, the clarion call to those striking out on the path to Mexico. With no time to spare...

Jun 24, 2018 : Righteous
Backpacker Radio Episode #11: Thru-Hiking Nutrition with Katie Gerber and the Best Sleeping Bags for Thru-Hiking

Backpacker Radio Episode #11: Thru-Hiking Nutrition with Katie Gerber and the Best Sleeping Bags for Thru-Hiking

Today's episode is all about how to eat right on and off trail.  We are joined by thru-hiker and soon-to-be certified holistic nutritionist, Katie "Salty" Gerber, to go way down...

May 16, 2018 : Zach
Southbounding the PCT, Part Three: Environmental Truths

Southbounding the PCT, Part Three: Environmental Truths

Environmental factors can have a significant impact on how much you'll enjoy a hike. That's as true of day hikes as it is for thru-hikes. Sometimes it will feel like...

May 12, 2018 : Righteous
Southbounding the PCT, Part Two: Setting Off

Southbounding the PCT, Part Two: Setting Off

Part 1 For Part Two, I asked fellow SOBOs their start and finish dates, what they liked about the schedule, and what about it was difficult. To close it out,...

May 2, 2018 : Righteous
Southbounding the PCT, Part One: Who, How, and Why

Southbounding the PCT, Part One: Who, How, and Why

"Oh, you're going the opposite way!" O RLY? I can't tell you how much this phrase began to grate on my nerves over the 2,650-mile trip from Canada to Mexico....

Apr 26, 2018 : Righteous
Good Trail Karma.

Good Trail Karma.

It was my first night on trail and I was set up among 25-plus hikers in the tiny campsite next to Hauser Creek (Mile 15). I stared at the ceiling...

Mar 14, 2018 : Tommy Corey
Encountering a Thru-Hiker in Its Native Environment, the Natives Are Curious and They Have Questions

Encountering a Thru-Hiker in Its Native Environment, the Natives Are Curious and They Have Questions

On my 2015 Thru-hike of the pacific Crest Trail, I began to believe that we are like some rare creature that people have heard about through movies and books, but...

Mar 5, 2018 : Kimberly Ronin Huber
Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

It was a scorching summer day in Southern California. I was taking a break underneath a large tree, elevating my feet to provide my poor extremities some sweet relief. A...

Feb 26, 2018 : Brooke Eller
Making Tracks to Mexico: A PCT SOBO’s Final Chapter

Making Tracks to Mexico: A PCT SOBO’s Final Chapter

For some reason, arriving in Wrightwood flipped a switch for me. Mexico is right there, I started telling myself. Just don't get hurt, and you're there! I went about my errands in...

Feb 15, 2018 : Righteous