Thru-Hiking Culture

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

A new group of eager northbounders are seeing their first white blazes every passing day and they've been blessing our Instagram feeds with the good stuff, so welcome back to...

Mar 24, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Thru-Hiking? Consider Volunteering with Adventure Scientists

Thru-Hiking? Consider Volunteering with Adventure Scientists

As outdoorsmen and women, we have a duty to protect the places we play in. Our parks and wilderness areas are sacred to us but we need to remember that...

Mar 24, 2019 : AJ Pope
Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

I’d say we’re all pretty lucky. We’re lucky to be hiking in a time when there are comprehensive and yearly updated guidebooks, water reports, and GPS apps at our fingertips,...

Mar 22, 2019 : Effie Drew
36 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers You Need to Be Following This Year

36 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers You Need to Be Following This Year

Each year, dozens of The Trek’s beloved bloggers and vloggers hit the Appalachian Trail and, in addition to their prolific prose, also capture their  journeys via Instagram. Follow along to...

Mar 14, 2019 : Alexandria Cremer
Stringbean on “Stringbean”: An Interview with the Appalachian Trail FKT Record Holder

Stringbean on “Stringbean”: An Interview with the Appalachian Trail FKT Record Holder

It was mind-boggling. How could an unsupported ultrarunner, carrying a pack and sleeping in a tent, not just break the unsupported record on the Appalachian Trail by eight days, but...

Mar 13, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
We Need Your Help: Vote for The Trek to Win FedEx’s Small Business Grant!

We Need Your Help: Vote for The Trek to Win FedEx’s Small Business Grant!

Help us help you. The Trek wants to better serve the long-distance backpacking community.  By voting for us in FedEx's Small Business Grant competition, you can help us accomplish this

Mar 12, 2019 : The Editors
To Buzz or Not to Buzz: Benefits to Cutting It All Off (Female Edition)

To Buzz or Not to Buzz: Benefits to Cutting It All Off (Female Edition)

For almost as long as I knew I wanted to thru-hike the AT I also knew I wanted to buzz my head for the hike. It’s something I had always...

Mar 11, 2019 : Tide Walker
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

It's been a long and lonely winter. But as inevitably as rain on a day you put on clean socks, February has given way to March and Appalachian Trail thru-hiking...

Mar 4, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
The Unique Mental Challenges of Thru-Hike Number Two

The Unique Mental Challenges of Thru-Hike Number Two

Browse any other hiking website you can think of, and you are likely to find mountains of advice on how to approach your first thru-hike. This is for good reason;...

Mar 4, 2019 : Chase Peeler
Pacific Crest Trail Hike in 20 Minutes [Video]

Pacific Crest Trail Hike in 20 Minutes [Video]

It's been a minute (or a few months) since I've shared any Pacific Crest Trail-related updates here. While my remaining blog posts await to be polished due to general procrastination,...

Feb 24, 2019 : Lindsey Gordon