Completed Thru-Hikers

Wisdom From the (Recent) Past: Interviewing 2017 Thru-Hikers

Wisdom From the (Recent) Past: Interviewing 2017 Thru-Hikers

Hi, Friends! As I'm impatiently waiting for my start day to roll around, I contacted a few of my favorite past thru-hikers. All five of these hikers are inspiring and...

Dec 18, 2017 : Lexi Candela
The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

Most Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers begin their journey in the desert — the first steps on the trail that they’ll be walking on for the next five months. The desert...

Dec 15, 2017 : Alexandria Cremer
10 Things People Say to You as a Solo Woman Thru-Hiker

10 Things People Say to You as a Solo Woman Thru-Hiker

It is a well-known fact that there are more men than women in the outdoors, so it's no surprise that more men attempt thru-hikes than women, sometimes making a two-foot-wide...

Dec 7, 2017 : Linnea Delucchi
How I Learned to Adjust to Post-Trail Life

How I Learned to Adjust to Post-Trail Life

A deep breath of the crisp fresh air filled my lungs, and I opened my eyes. It was still dark out, and there were snow patches surrounding me. My feet...

Dec 3, 2017 : Alexandria Cremer
The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

Each fall, The Trek conducts an in-depth survey of long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT), this time surveying the class of 2017. We have several posts to come on...

Nov 29, 2017 : Mariposa
Bringing Leave-No-Trace to Life Off Trail

Bringing Leave-No-Trace to Life Off Trail

Leave No Trace is a moral code and daily practice for any thru hiker, section hiker, or day hiker. It teaches us to respect the ground we walk on, the plants that...

Sep 17, 2017 : Zoë Symon
Thru-Hiking Reflections One Year Later: The World is Burning

Thru-Hiking Reflections One Year Later: The World is Burning

A year ago this week, I completed my thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It was a trial by fire, in the proverbial sense; I had been backpacking just three...

Sep 10, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
No Questions: The Real-World (Lack of) Curiosity About My Hike

No Questions: The Real-World (Lack of) Curiosity About My Hike

Hello Trek friends! After a seven month hiatus, I hope you'll accept me back as one of your stalwart bloggers and adventurers. I've wanted to come back to you for...

Jun 5, 2017 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Springer – Neel Gap Revisited

Springer – Neel Gap Revisited

On 28 February 2014 my son and I were stood on Springer Mountain ready to start our Appalachian Trail thru-hike. On 4 August 2014 we summitedI loved my experience the...

Apr 2, 2017 : Paul "BigTex" Bunker
The Hardest Part Is Coming Home

The Hardest Part Is Coming Home

In the cold early Maine morning Luna and I climbed into the car surrounded by the mountains that had been our home for nearly six months. It didn’t seem much different...

Mar 9, 2017 : Paul Bronco Fuzinski