Thru-Hiking Culture

Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

If you're running a small business along the trail, this is for you!

Mar 28, 2020 : Sydney Brehm
Thru-Hiking in a Pandemic: Opinion from a CDT Trail Town

Thru-Hiking in a Pandemic: Opinion from a CDT Trail Town

Depending where you enter the CDT, the Grand County section is around 100 miles. There are three accessible trail towns in this county. One is Winter Park, one is Fraser,...

Mar 27, 2020 : Alicia Pacalo
Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

I don't remember when I met Randy Fuller, aka Survivor, but I know when I said goodbye. Last July, both of us were midway through our northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike...

Mar 18, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

In the grand scheme of people, events, and industries impacted by the coronavirus, a thru-hike falls somewhere in the middle. It's a huge commitment and has a major impact on...

Mar 16, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
The Impact of Climate Change on Long Trails in the American West

The Impact of Climate Change on Long Trails in the American West

The naturally variable climate of the American West means that conditions on long trails are vastly different from year to year. The past couple of years exemplify this perfectly when...

Mar 14, 2020 : Zacc Larkin
Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

All along the rock-strewn trails of Pennsylvania, there have been rumors of a man leaving spoons out on the trail for hikers to find. Well, the rumors are true. And...

Mar 8, 2020 : Bloodhound
“Into America’s Wild:” A Documentary about Biophilia

“Into America’s Wild:” A Documentary about Biophilia

Tweto and Harrington speak to the feeling of isolation that many experience and the connections that can be made in nature - both to the natural world and to others.

Feb 25, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
Interviewing an Artist: Elina Osborne on her PCT Film Experience

Interviewing an Artist: Elina Osborne on her PCT Film Experience

It is no secret that thru-hiking is good for the soul, but some people find that a months-long sojourn in the wilderness also does wonders for their creative sides. Year...

Feb 11, 2020 : Rachel S
The Future Is Female: Women in Ultralight Backpacking

The Future Is Female: Women in Ultralight Backpacking

“There seems to be a miscommunication, that UL just means driving up miles but what it can mean is including so many more people.” JPD began our conversation talking about...

Feb 4, 2020 : Caro
How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

“It’s official,” I told my friend on the phone as I stepped outside and braced against the cold. “I just blew up my life.” The day was January 6, 2019,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cari Pattison