Thru-Hiking Culture

Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

Lessons Learned: Going into my 2nd Thru-Hike

New Year, New Trail After a year away from thru-hiking, it's time to get back onto the trail. Since immersing myself in thru-hiking culture in 2017, it's been a significant...

Feb 26, 2024 : Thomas Allie
“This Is What Everyone in the World Needs”: Michael “Grizzy Smurf” Monahan on Healing, Resilience, and the Triple Crown

“This Is What Everyone in the World Needs”: Michael “Grizzy Smurf” Monahan on Healing, Resilience, and the Triple Crown

Content Warning: This story contains brief mention of child abuse and neglect. Michael “Grizzly Smurf” Monahan completed his Triple Crown in 2023, a nearly 8,000-mile hiking feat that fewer than

Feb 13, 2024 : Matthew Kok
Excerpt From Where the Rhododendrons Bloom: New AT Memoir by Audrey Payne

Excerpt From Where the Rhododendrons Bloom: New AT Memoir by Audrey Payne

There was a time, not so very long ago, when doing the most mundane activities sent my body into spasms of pain. Sitting at my desk for more than 15...

Feb 8, 2024 : Audrey Payne
The Slow and Grueling Transition to Society

The Slow and Grueling Transition to Society

It has been well over a minute since I summited Katahdin and my return to society, the "real world". While it is nice to sleep in a warm soft bed...

Feb 4, 2024 : Guinevere Drabik
Returning to Trail in 2024!

Returning to Trail in 2024!

Optimist Prime Here! After a long hiatus, I am back with big news! The dream of the Triple Crown continues with the Appalachian Trail in 2024. After a year break...

Feb 3, 2024 : Thomas Allie
The Uncomfortable Truth About the Dirtbag Lifestyle

The Uncomfortable Truth About the Dirtbag Lifestyle

When I hugged the Katahdin sign at the terminus of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, I realized the only thing I wanted to do was keep going. My heels were on...

Feb 1, 2024 : Abby Evans
Remembering Chris “Rafiki” Roma: Hikers Pay Tribute to Triple Crowner

Remembering Chris “Rafiki” Roma: Hikers Pay Tribute to Triple Crowner

Two weeks ago, Christopher "Rafiki" Roma tragically died while hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Rafiki was an experienced thru-hiker and a personal friend to many in the...

Jan 30, 2024 : The Editors
Excerpt From Hiking the Hexa by Claire McCall

Excerpt From Hiking the Hexa by Claire McCall

In this book excerpt from Hiking the Hexa, self-employed New Zealand journalist Claire McCall and her partner James tackle an epic adventure — the HexaTrek, a new 3034km high-level thru-hike...

Jan 29, 2024 : Diane Duffard
Book Review: Tales from the Trail – Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

Book Review: Tales from the Trail – Stories from the Oldest Hiker Hostel on the Appalachian Trail

Most AT thru-hikers and even some sectional hikers have probably spent a night or two sleeping and showering at the Hiker Hostel of The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain in...

Jan 24, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Share a Tribute to Christopher Roma

Share a Tribute to Christopher Roma

Christopher "Rafiki" Roma tragically died last week while hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Rafiki was an experienced thru-hiker and a personal friend to many in the long-distance

Jan 22, 2024 : The Editors