Thru-Hiking Culture

[Book Review] 2000 Miles Together — The Raw, Unexpurgated Story of the Crawford Family

[Book Review] 2000 Miles Together — The Raw, Unexpurgated Story of the Crawford Family

On March 1, 2018, Ben Crawford ushered his wife and six children, ages two to 16, onto the then-2,189-mile Appalachian Trail. He then filmed the good, the bad, and the...

Nov 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Trail Science: Is Thru-hiking an Addiction?

Trail Science: Is Thru-hiking an Addiction?

It's 5:30 am and I'm almost to Chinook Pass. It's about 45 degrees and a steady, drizzling rain makes it colder. I'm approaching an iconic view of Mt. Rainier, but...

Nov 18, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
What to Pack for Te Araroa: Gear 101

What to Pack for Te Araroa: Gear 101

New Zealand's Te Araroa is a trek like no other and it's important to know what gear is essential and what should be left behind.

Nov 12, 2020 : Danny Strayer
Stunning New Documentary “Why (Do I Hike)” is a Love Letter to Thru-Hiking

Stunning New Documentary “Why (Do I Hike)” is a Love Letter to Thru-Hiking

Croatian filmmaker and thru-hiker Nikola "Tesla" Horvat has released a stunning new documentary from the Colorado Trail entitled "Why (Do I Hike)." The award-winning 23-minute film pairs magnificent

Nov 10, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Great Strides: Eddie Pu Walked Around Maui Barefoot Every Year for Three Decades

Great Strides: Eddie Pu Walked Around Maui Barefoot Every Year for Three Decades

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. In 1976, at age 46, a native-born Hawaiian...

Nov 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Appalachian Trail Section Hikers: Share Your Experiences with Us!

Appalachian Trail Section Hikers: Share Your Experiences with Us!

Appalachian Trail section hikers...we want you! If you've taken on the Appalachian Trail in pieces, whether you intend to finish the complete trail or not, we want to highlight your...

Nov 5, 2020 : The Editors
Trek Readers Share Their Best Spooky Hiking Stories

Trek Readers Share Their Best Spooky Hiking Stories

If you're a hiker, chances are you have at least one or two spooky hiking stories. Most of us have felt that feeling of bottomless (if irrational) dread of things...

Oct 30, 2020 : Kelly Floro
The Iceland Traverse: North to South

The Iceland Traverse: North to South

Iceland is aptly known as the “land of ice and fire.” The island country is home to glaciers, volcanos, waterfalls, lava fields, hot springs, and black sand beaches. Its incredibly...

Oct 23, 2020 : Lindsey Gordon
5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

5 Things I Learned Thru-Hiking as a Solo Female

Nowadays, traveling alone as a girl seems to be frowned upon. It’s seen as dangerous and unsafe. We’re told not to go out alone, especially in the wilderness. But why...

Oct 18, 2020 : Kaylin
Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides: Peace Pilgrim, the First Woman to Thru-Hike the AT, Never Stopped Walking

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. Between 1948 and 1951, just three men walked...

Oct 13, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans