Completed Thru-Hikers

Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

I’d say we’re all pretty lucky. We’re lucky to be hiking in a time when there are comprehensive and yearly updated guidebooks, water reports, and GPS apps at our fingertips,...

Mar 22, 2019 : Effie Drew
To The Treeline: The Crawford Family’s Documentary

To The Treeline: The Crawford Family’s Documentary

If you've been living under a rock somewhere, maybe you missed hearing about the Crawfords, the family of eight that successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Or maybe you...

Jan 28, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

2018 is coming to a close and so are our compilations of those who became thru-hikers in 2018, either again or for the first time. A big ol, huge congratulations...

Dec 17, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

Each year, we invite Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to send us their finish photos, whether they’re lifting their pack over their head atop Katahdin, touching the sign at Springer, or giving...

Dec 12, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

Here at The Trek, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations on your incredible journey. Whether you started in the desert, at the Canadian border, or somewhere in the...

Dec 11, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
Prepare for, and Learn from, the Unexpected

Prepare for, and Learn from, the Unexpected

Hikers spend months to years planning their thru-hike. When should I set my start date? How much time should I take off from work? What backpack should I use? Should...

Nov 29, 2018 : Ashley Samuel
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to feature the photo of you crossing the finish line! This

Nov 18, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
The 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

The 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

Two years ago, The Trek expanded our annual Appalachian Trail thru-hiker survey to include questions not only about main gear items, but also more detailed demographics, the timeline of AT

Nov 12, 2018 : Mariposa
How Would Your Thru-Hike Have Been Different Without Your Son?

How Would Your Thru-Hike Have Been Different Without Your Son?

Since completing our thru-hike, I have often been asked what the thru-hike would have been like without my son tagging along. The first—and most accurate answer—is that there would not...

Nov 7, 2018 : Scott Durkin
PCT Thru-Hike by the Numbers

PCT Thru-Hike by the Numbers

Now that I'm off trail and home for a bit, I've been doing some thinking about the trip as a whole.  People ask me, "What was it like?" and I...

Oct 31, 2018 : Smokebeard