History

Great Strides: Edward Payson Weston Was ‘World’s Greatest Pedestrian’

Great Strides: Edward Payson Weston Was ‘World’s Greatest Pedestrian’

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. On Sunday, March 28, 1909, The New York...

Jan 12, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Great Strides: Eddie Pu Walked Around Maui Barefoot Every Year for Three Decades

Great Strides: Eddie Pu Walked Around Maui Barefoot Every Year for Three Decades

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. In 1976, at age 46, a native-born Hawaiian...

Nov 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
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
Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

Great Strides: The Epic First Journey of Colin Fletcher, “Founding Father of Backpacking”

The Great Strides series will be an occasional feature of The Trek exploring some of the greatest walks and walkers in history, literature, and film. In 1958, a Welsh immigrant...

Sep 22, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Exploring the History of the Pacific Crest Trail

Exploring the History of the Pacific Crest Trail

Every year the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) receives thousands of hikers, adventurers, and nature seekers from all over the world. Along its 2,650-mile length stretching from Canada to Mexico, the...

Feb 18, 2019 : Kenny Howell
Myron Avery: The Bully Who Built a Trail

Myron Avery: The Bully Who Built a Trail

Most of you probably know that the great green corridor running from Georgia to Maine was the brainchild of Benton MacKaye. You probably also know that same corridor, the Appalachian...

Feb 6, 2019 : Geoff Hutton
Pox & Puss Episode #68 – Trail Days 2016 with Lucky

Pox & Puss Episode #68 – Trail Days 2016 with Lucky

We continue our Trail Days 2016 interviews with Lucky. Lucky and her boyfriend Little Santa came all the way from California to hike the Appalachian Trail. Be sure to visit

May 8, 2018 : Pox & Puss Podcast
Book Review: Blazing Ahead

Book Review: Blazing Ahead

Blazing Ahead Jeffrey Ryan 396 pages Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 2017 Many aspiring thru-hikers from across the globe set foot to hike the Appalachian Trail each year. Since its completion

Feb 2, 2018 : Hashtag
Thru-Hiking’s Socialist Ethos

Thru-Hiking’s Socialist Ethos

The year 1875 was an eventful one. It was the year in which Karl Marx, the father of communism, brought to prominence the old saying “From each according to his...

Apr 3, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
How Backpacking Gear Has Changed Through the Decades

How Backpacking Gear Has Changed Through the Decades

The evolution of the pack list.... If you're planning on hitting the trail this year, you're most likely fretting and constantly editing your pack list.  You put things in, you take...

Mar 7, 2017 : EarthTone