Completed Thru-Hikers

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
Thru Hiking, The Embodiment of Minimalism.

Thru Hiking, The Embodiment of Minimalism.

For me long distance backpacking is synonymous with minimalism, an escape from both mental and physical clutter. When you step out onto the trail with nothing but what is on...

Mar 2, 2017 : Paul Bronco Fuzinski
Worth A Thousand “Clicks”: An Interview with Nicholas Reichard

Worth A Thousand “Clicks”: An Interview with Nicholas Reichard

"If you wait, people will forget your camera, and the soul will drift up into view." -Steve McCurry Nicholas Reichard, "Click", 27, is a documentary style photographer living in Columbus,

Feb 27, 2017 : Tommy Corey
Trail Wisdom: Sayings, Proverbs and Mantras

Trail Wisdom: Sayings, Proverbs and Mantras

If a thru hike does nothing else, it gives you a lot of time to think. On any given day my thoughts would run the gamut from future life aspirations...

Feb 9, 2017 : Bug Juice
Back-to-Back:  Q&A with “Moonshine”

Back-to-Back: Q&A with “Moonshine”

Photographs by Tommy Corey 5,316. That's the number of miles, Lindsey McKelvey (Moonshine) has hiked in the last 2 years.  2015 started off her very first thru-hike of The Pacific...

Feb 7, 2017 : Tommy Corey
5 hikers, 5 questions, 50 more days

5 hikers, 5 questions, 50 more days

50 days until I leave... As I'm (rather impatiently) waiting for late march to roll around, I decided to ask 5 past thru hikers 5 of the same questions. In...

Feb 5, 2017 : Kylie Torrence