Thru-Hiking Culture

Skip the Trip to Chafe Town

Skip the Trip to Chafe Town

Despite what instagram wants you to think, thru hiking the Appalachian Trail isn’t all gorgeous vistas, sexy hikers, and smiles. It’s also blisters, bruises, cuts, and tuna. And as far...

Jan 15, 2018 : Patrick Murray
Quiz: Are You Thriving On-Trail? Or Just Surviving?

Quiz: Are You Thriving On-Trail? Or Just Surviving?

Are you thriving on-trail? Or just surviving? Find out in this new quiz, designed to help you thrive. Regardless if you hike long-distance trails for sport or recreation, how you...

Jan 13, 2018 : Aria Zoner
Appalachian Fail: What I Learned from My Failed Thru-Hike

Appalachian Fail: What I Learned from My Failed Thru-Hike

The following is a guest post courtesy of John Desilets. If you have a story to contribute, submit it The world is full of people with stories that would blow your...

Jan 11, 2018 : Guest Post
Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

As a ridgerunner you answer the same questions over and over — it’s part of the job. I recall the questions I received during my 2016 summer as a ridgerunner,...

Jan 8, 2018 : Tide Walker
Favorite Appalachian Trail Lean-To’s, Shelters, and Tent Spots

Favorite Appalachian Trail Lean-To’s, Shelters, and Tent Spots

How many ways can a three sided, ~10 person shelter/lean-to be built? About 100 if you ask me. It took me 5.5 months in hike the AT and I think...

Jan 7, 2018 : Samantha
Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail: 2017 Hiker’s Choice

Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail: 2017 Hiker’s Choice

Appalachian Trail hiker hostels not only provide showers and beds for weary hikers, they're the source of some of the best AT memories and are a crucial part of the...

Dec 31, 2017 : The Editors
Stories from the Trail: A New Podcast from TheTrek.co Family

Stories from the Trail: A New Podcast from TheTrek.co Family

Merry Christmas Hikers! Pox & Puss is no longer an only child! The world famous Appalachian Trail podcast now has a little brother and sister, as TheTrek.co expands our hiking...

Dec 25, 2017 : Gary Sizer
Wisdom From the (Recent) Past: Interviewing 2017 Thru-Hikers

Wisdom From the (Recent) Past: Interviewing 2017 Thru-Hikers

Hi, Friends! As I'm impatiently waiting for my start day to roll around, I contacted a few of my favorite past thru-hikers. All five of these hikers are inspiring and...

Dec 18, 2017 : Lexi Candela
The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

Most Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers begin their journey in the desert — the first steps on the trail that they’ll be walking on for the next five months. The desert...

Dec 15, 2017 : Alexandria Cremer
This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Each week, we peruse all of the wonderful pictures from Instagram using the hashtag #TrektheAT and #AppalachianTrail and select a few of the best to highlight for your viewing pleasure! This week

Dec 15, 2017 : Elizabeth Kennedy