Thru-Hiking Culture

8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, I became one of many thru-hikers to get involved with vanlife. As is often the case, getting back into the swing of "real life" wasn't...

Apr 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Cindy Ross is a triple-crowner, writer, and founder of River House PA, a non-profit dedicated to taking veterans outdoors. Her new book, Walking Toward Peace: Veterans Healing on America’s Trails...

Apr 15, 2021 : Tina Mullen
How the Long Trail Restored My Sanity in the Time of Covid

How the Long Trail Restored My Sanity in the Time of Covid

Ever since my successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2019, I knew I would find myself hiking another long trail in the future. I made it happen, and...

Apr 9, 2021 : Julia Gladstein
Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring notable walks and walkers from history, literature, and film. If not for the sleuthing of a famous Pacific Crest Trail...

Apr 8, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Trekking While Asian: An AAPI Perspective

Trekking While Asian: An AAPI Perspective

Disappointing my ancestors and challenging western stereotypes one literal step at a time.

Mar 19, 2021 : Alice Wu
5 Reasons Why I Chose to Flip-Flop the Appalachian Trail

5 Reasons Why I Chose to Flip-Flop the Appalachian Trail

Most of my fellow Trek bloggers have either begun their NOBOs or are fixing to start soon. Meanwhile, I'm still at home, months away from my start date. I'd be...

Mar 11, 2021 : Austin Hays
Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Heather Anderson on Her New Book (Plus a Giveaway)

Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Heather Anderson on Her New Book (Plus a Giveaway)

Heather "Anish" Anderson's latest book, Mud Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail is available for purchase on March 1, 2021. Win a free copy by telling us in...

Mar 1, 2021 : Tina Mullen
New Documentary: Nikola Horvat’s “Croatian Long Distance Trail”

New Documentary: Nikola Horvat’s “Croatian Long Distance Trail”

Nikola Horvat opens his new documentary, Croatian Long Distance Trail, with the explanation “I move to get others moving.” This documentary is driven by that mission, and by the end...

Feb 24, 2021 : Sarah Wolfson
Buffalo Soldiers: From Slavery to Stewardship

Buffalo Soldiers: From Slavery to Stewardship

“We are all the beneficiaries now of the preservation and conservation work these people did back in the late 19th century.”  Those are the words of Alan Spears, Senior Director...

Feb 22, 2021 : Ruth Nasrullah
Interview with Carolyn “Ravensong” Burkhart, First Woman to Solo Thru-Hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Interview with Carolyn “Ravensong” Burkhart, First Woman to Solo Thru-Hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

There is a Kamala Harris (as in the new U.S. Vice President) of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) -- the first woman to be in that role, but certainly not...

Feb 5, 2021 : Laura Johnston