Completed Thru-Hikers

When You’re Going Through Mosquito Hell, Keep Going

When You’re Going Through Mosquito Hell, Keep Going

The mosquitos got bad around Christie Springs, just after Ashland, Oregon. Actually, that’s not accurate. They got bad around Hyatt Lake campground. They got biblical around Christie

Mar 21, 2018 : Paul Barach
How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

Shortly before I left for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016, I kept fantasizing about how my body was going to become “better” as a result of exercising all day,...

Mar 19, 2018 : Janel Healy
Slow Motion: Reflections on my Seven-Month AT Thru-Hike

Slow Motion: Reflections on my Seven-Month AT Thru-Hike

Whenever I tell anyone who knows how long it typically takes to hike the AT that it took me seven months to complete, they tend to ask what went wrong....

Mar 15, 2018 : Sarah Karner
77 Glorious 2017 PCT Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

77 Glorious 2017 PCT 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...

Feb 8, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
126 Glorious 2017 AT Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

126 Glorious 2017 AT 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...

Feb 6, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
In a Thru-Hiker’s Head: Contemplations During a Climb

In a Thru-Hiker’s Head: Contemplations During a Climb

My body, tired after working a 15-plus-mile day, was aching. Yes, working sounds odd in this situation, although it does fit. Walking may seem like a chore in certain environments....

Jan 30, 2018 : Michael Bullard
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