Thru-Hiking Culture

Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Smokies Hikes for Healing: Conversations on Racial Justice

Hiking has a powerful way of shattering our guards and inviting our most authentic selves into the world. The trail breaks down barriers in a way that makes it possible...

Sep 28, 2020 : Katie Kommer
[Book Review] The Trail is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail

[Book Review] The Trail is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail

Clay Bonnyman Evans's new book about his Appalachian Trail hike—The Trail Is the Teacher: Living and Learning on the Appalachian Trail—is a delightful read, filled with trail icons, trail characters,

Sep 23, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

The Great Strides series will be an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. In 1958, a Welsh immigrant...

Sep 22, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Meet Barney “Scout” Mann: Triple Crowner, Trail Angel, Author

Meet Barney “Scout” Mann: Triple Crowner, Trail Angel, Author

Few people have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail. Known as Triple Crowners, those who carry this title are known throughout the trail community. Barney

Sep 21, 2020 : Tara Ritchey
Hiking Hookups: Is the Trail a Perfect Place to Find Love?

Hiking Hookups: Is the Trail a Perfect Place to Find Love?

Having experienced one success and a failed romance on trail, I spoke to former thru-hikers to discover if the trail is the perfect place to find the one and what...

Sep 17, 2020 : Rozanne Pilbeam
I Need Some Space: Hiking with Partners, Solo, and with Trail Families

I Need Some Space: Hiking with Partners, Solo, and with Trail Families

Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, or something in between, thru-hiking can change the way you think about social interaction. Some days you have to hike alone, and some days, a...

Sep 15, 2020 : Saoirse Ibarguen
Meet Ambreen Tariq, The Activist Behind Brown People Camping

Meet Ambreen Tariq, The Activist Behind Brown People Camping

Ambreen Tariq is a Muslim, an immigrant, an activist, and an outdoor enthusiast.  She describes herself as a proud feminist and an advocate for social justice in American society. She's...

Sep 8, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
Backpacking with Babies: 6 Tips From Hiking Parents

Backpacking with Babies: 6 Tips From Hiking Parents

A lot can change after having kids, but a love for hiking and backpacking shouldn't be one of them. Here's a look at advice from those who backpack with kids.

Sep 4, 2020 : Alex Murphy
It’s OK to Grieve the Loss of Your 2020 Thru-Hike

It’s OK to Grieve the Loss of Your 2020 Thru-Hike

Dear readers, Some of you have recently reached out to decry 2020 NOGO hikers who have claimed to experience grief at the sudden cancellation of their thru-hikes. I get it....

Sep 4, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Sarah Mabee didn’t know she’d be hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail this year. Nine months ago she didn’t have ambitions to hike any long trail, because at the...

Sep 2, 2020 : Kelly Floro