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Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Since I finished my Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike in 2014, I’ve been working with The Trek to survey thru-hikers each year. Most of the hikers who take our surveys are...

Jul 15, 2020 : Mariposa
Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

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, we touch...

Jan 15, 2020 : Righteous
A World of Pain: Sufferfest and the End

A World of Pain: Sufferfest and the End

From reading my blogs about this year's hike up to now, I realize that I might make this sound kind of easy. Well, this is going to be a complete...

Sep 30, 2019 : Erica Notini
The Flip Side: Becoming a SOBO

The Flip Side: Becoming a SOBO

The Final Days (Kind Of) The last few days of my Long Trail thru-hike were the most relaxed I think I’ve ever been on a thru-hike. I knew my ride...

Sep 22, 2019 : Erica Notini
My Final Days on the AT; What’s Next?

My Final Days on the AT; What’s Next?

It's been a month and I'm still coming around to the idea that I completed my 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I started June 15 and finished on Dec. 12, a...

Jan 12, 2019 : Alexa Tubbs
Four Days in the Smokies: What I Ate, Freezing Temps

Four Days in the Smokies: What I Ate, Freezing Temps

I may or may not be writing this from the Fontana Dam ladies heated bathroom where I may or may not have taken a hot shower, washed and dried out my...

Nov 30, 2018 : Alexa Tubbs
Central Virginia – Fun and Cold, Not Cold Fun

Central Virginia – Fun and Cold, Not Cold Fun

Central Virginia (Oct. 4 - Oct. 16) 249 miles, 13 days (Glasgow to Atkins) Southern Virginia started out promising but made me question my sanity, and, more to the point,...

Nov 5, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
In the Woods, I Know that I Am Safe

In the Woods, I Know that I Am Safe

Sarah Grothjan recently wrote an article for Outside detailing some of her experience with sexual harassment and solo adventuring. Not for the experience she described with a man she called...

Oct 20, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
Bad Case of the Pennsylvania Blues

Bad Case of the Pennsylvania Blues

Northbounders are susceptible to the Virginia Blues, and although my symptoms may be similar, I'm experiencing them in a different state. While it's not Lyme disease or a twisted ankle,...

Oct 6, 2018 : Emma Rosenfield
1,100 Miles, and Why It Doesn’t Matter if I Finish

1,100 Miles, and Why It Doesn’t Matter if I Finish

Pinning my happiness on Springer is a recipe for disappointment. I plan to enjoy today first.

Oct 4, 2018 : K M