Completed Thru-Hikers

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
[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

[Book Review] Experience and Spirituality Shine in New AT Memoir

Returning to Katahdin: A Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail Author: Bruce “RTK” Matson Publisher: Campbell & Parker, 221 pp. with black-and-white photos MSRP: $9.99 Where to buy: Available

Jul 24, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
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...

Jul 23, 2020 : Alexandria Cremer
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking partner decided to camp at Pen Mar Park....

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

Book Review: “The Unlikely Thru-Hiker” Is a Dreadfully Delightful Memoir

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey Author: Derick Lugo MSRP: $19.95 (210 pp.; August 2019) Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books These days, thru-hiking memoirs are as

Dec 11, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Congrats to These 2019 SOBO Finishers

Congrats to These 2019 SOBO Finishers

To all the late-season SOBOs out there, we salute you. You are the fearless ones who go against the grain and fight to finish what you set out to do....

Dec 3, 2019 : Rachel S
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 17 – October 30

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 17 – October 30

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Oct 31, 2019 : Rachel S
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 10 – October 16

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 10 – October 16

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Oct 16, 2019 : Rachel S
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 3 – October 9

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 3 – October 9

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Oct 9, 2019 : Rachel S
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: September 26 – October 2

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: September 26 – October 2

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Oct 2, 2019 : Rachel S