Thru-Hiking Culture

Will Bark Beetles Spell the End of Forests As We Know Them?

Will Bark Beetles Spell the End of Forests As We Know Them?

Icefields Parkway winds its way through the Canadian Rockies between Banff and Jasper national parks. It's obvious why many count the Parkway among the most scenic drives on the planet:...

Sep 21, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Wisconsin, Here We Come! Backpacker Radio’s 2nd Annual Road Trip Takes on the Ice Age Trail

Wisconsin, Here We Come! Backpacker Radio’s 2nd Annual Road Trip Takes on the Ice Age Trail

Backpacker Radio, The Trek's flagship podcast, is bound for the Badger State this October!  In partnership with Travel Wisconsin & the Ice Age Trail Alliance and their Mammoth Hike Challenge,

Sep 20, 2021 : Zach
Excerpt from Unlost: New AT Memoir by Gail Muller

Excerpt from Unlost: New AT Memoir by Gail Muller

Sometimes, the greatest achievements in our lives are made all the greater because of being told we'd never make it. Because of defying odds and showing our mettle. My story,...

Sep 16, 2021 : Appalachian Gail
2022 Thru-Hikers: The Trek Blogger & Vlogger Applications are Now Open!

2022 Thru-Hikers: The Trek Blogger & Vlogger Applications are Now Open!

Are you thru-hiking in 2022 and want your journey featured through The Trek?  Today's your lucky day! We are now accepting applications for next year's Blogging and Vlogging class.  Whether...

Sep 14, 2021 : The Editors
This Map Predicts Peak Fall Color Change in Every US County

This Map Predicts Peak Fall Color Change in Every US County

Autumn is finally around the corner, though it may not feel like it at the moment. Much of the country is still baking in very summer-like heat, but cooler weather...

Sep 8, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Hiking Thru Grief: Why I Kept Going After A Death In My Family

Hiking Thru Grief: Why I Kept Going After A Death In My Family

I began the Colorado Trail this past July thinking it would be many different things—a brief, much-needed escape from my retail job, a chance to spend 24/7 hiking with my...

Sep 2, 2021 : Julia Gladstein
Doing what I love, while doing what I love

Doing what I love, while doing what I love

Hikers need yoga. That’s a given.  And maybe it’s not everyday that someone who teaches yoga for a living hikes the PCT and gets to offer her services to hikers...

Aug 26, 2021 : Janine
Music Recommendations?

Music Recommendations?

Sometimes when I’m on trail, music is nice to have playing.  I made a playlist on Spotify before leaving for the trail, but I would love some input and to...

Aug 18, 2021 : Janine
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Thru-hikes come and go, but Instagram posts are forever, right?  Enjoy the sights of the AT with these highlight worthy Instagram posts from the past week.  If you look at...

Aug 12, 2021 : Alexa Dunn
Wildfires, Reroutes, and Records: The Future of PCT FKTs

Wildfires, Reroutes, and Records: The Future of PCT FKTs

On July 22, 2021, activist and ultrarunner Timothy Olson reached the northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail having set off from the Campo and covering all 2,652 miles in...

Aug 4, 2021 : Brandon Chase