Thru-Hiking Culture

Encountering Change:  Friend or Foe?

Encountering Change: Friend or Foe?

One thing the Appalachian Trail hasn't changed for me is my stubborn inability to grasp certain fundamental concepts. For instance - "Change Management". The notion of perpetual control over

Apr 26, 2018 : Barb Abney
Stories from the Trail #9 – Starting a Thru-Hike Tomorrow

Stories from the Trail #9 – Starting a Thru-Hike Tomorrow

If you were starting the Appalachian Trail tomorrow, what questions would you have? New AT hiker Chris Clevenger called the show the day before hitting the approach trail. He's been...

Apr 10, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Examining the Impact of Overcrowding on Hiking Trails

Examining the Impact of Overcrowding on Hiking Trails

A wise man once said wilderness is a necessity. Go outside and breathe the pine-scented air, listen to a babbling brook, or feel leaves crunch under your feet. Spend just a...

Apr 6, 2018 : Socked In
Stories From The Trail Episode 8: Sir Packsalot’s 10 Golden Suggestions for Hiking the AT

Stories From The Trail Episode 8: Sir Packsalot’s 10 Golden Suggestions for Hiking the AT

Continuing coverage from the 2018 Appalachian Trail Kickoff! Bob "Sir Packsalot" Gabrielson is the proprietor of iTunes Spotify Youtube And one more very important thing, from me and

Apr 2, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Hike Faster, I Hear Banjos: Misconceptions about the Southern Appalachians

Hike Faster, I Hear Banjos: Misconceptions about the Southern Appalachians

For many hikers who've never set foot in the southern Appalachians—especially those who've never been east of the Mississippi or south of the Mason/Dixon Line—some of the only cultural knowledge...

Mar 22, 2018 : Bloodhound
The Summit Is not the End: Thoughts on Post-Trail Depression

The Summit Is not the End: Thoughts on Post-Trail Depression

Huddled, a sodden mass of wet bodies, we watched the rain come down in sheets.  We’d just covered 10-plus miles of trail dashing through puddles and downpour with a single...

Mar 22, 2018 : Bookie
Book Review: The Pursuit of Endurance

Book Review: The Pursuit of Endurance

Mar 22, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
When You’re Going Through Mosquito Hell, Keep Going

When You’re Going Through Mosquito Hell, Keep Going

The mosquitos got bad around Christie Springs, just after Ashland, Oregon. Actually, that’s not accurate. They got bad around Hyatt Lake campground. They got biblical around Christie

Mar 21, 2018 : Paul Barach
How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

Shortly before I left for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016, I kept fantasizing about how my body was going to become “better” as a result of exercising all day,...

Mar 19, 2018 : Janel Healy
Sights, Sounds, and Silence: Hiking the PCT Headphone-Free

Sights, Sounds, and Silence: Hiking the PCT Headphone-Free

No Strings Attached We live in a world with gadgets and gizmos aplenty, more than even the Little Mermaid had in her collection. Alexa makes our to-do lists, TVs are...

Mar 19, 2018 : Linnea Delucchi