Thru-Hiking Culture

Not letting go: NorCal blues, life lessons and why I chose to quit my perfect thru hike.

Not letting go: NorCal blues, life lessons and why I chose to quit my perfect thru hike.

Don’t expect it to heal you. Those were the words that a colleague said to me back in Aotearoa. He had walked the trail in 2019. It’s funny, a lot...

Aug 9, 2022 : Juliette
Step 1: Amtrak Ticket

Step 1: Amtrak Ticket

In Spring 2023, I will hike sections of the Appalachian Trail, creating videotaped presentations on the cultural and natural history of each section. I'll be documenting the preparation here, so...

Aug 9, 2022 : Ruth Nasrullah
In Defense of Wild: Cheryl Strayed’s Memoir Is Nothing Like Your Trail Journal, and That’s OK

In Defense of Wild: Cheryl Strayed’s Memoir Is Nothing Like Your Trail Journal, and That’s OK

When I was on the PCT, I encountered a lot of hate for Cheryl Strayed's classic PCT memoir, Wild. I saw a fair bit of Wild love too, but the book...

Aug 8, 2022 : Penina Satlow
PCT Week 15: July 4th Storms, Paradise Lake, and Reaching Oregon

PCT Week 15: July 4th Storms, Paradise Lake, and Reaching Oregon

Castle Crags Wilderness   It is finally time to leave Dunsmuir and into Castle Crags we go. The days of rest help with the climb as we pass many day...

Aug 6, 2022 : Thomas Allie
Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 2

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 2

Tis the season for Appalachian Trail thru-hike finishers. After months of crushing miles and pushing through the highs and lows of thru-hiking, these incredible individuals finished their hike

Aug 5, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
Pooping on the Appalachian Trail: Important Statistics from My Thru-Hike

Pooping on the Appalachian Trail: Important Statistics from My Thru-Hike

The following is a guest post by Brian "Slurpee" Garner. I believe that the best way to share the story of a thru-hike is with poop. There’s lots of talk...

Aug 2, 2022 : Guest Post
Crossing Paths: A Pacific Crest Trailside Reader Review

Crossing Paths: A Pacific Crest Trailside Reader Review

Crossing Paths: A Pacific Crest Trailside Reader is a collection of short essays about the PCT by various authors, edited by Reese Hughes and Howard Shapiro. It is an update/addendum to...

Aug 1, 2022 : Penina Satlow
Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 1

Congratulations to these 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 1

Months and months spent on trail lead up to this exact moment: The last few triumphant steps to the Katahdin terminus. With an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and finality, hikers...

Aug 1, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
13 Hikers Share How They Got Their Trail Names

13 Hikers Share How They Got Their Trail Names

For every long-distance hiker, there's a trail name, and for every trail name, there's a story. We sent out a survey, and are profiling the best responses! The hikers below...

Jul 28, 2022 : Penina Satlow
6 Reasons Why You Should Hike the Tour Du Mont Blanc

6 Reasons Why You Should Hike the Tour Du Mont Blanc

Ah, the Alps: Europe's famed and most expansive mountain range system. The Alps stretch approximately 750 miles across eight European countries, gathering the international attention from hikers,

Jul 25, 2022 : Kendra Slagter