History

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
The PCT’s Comprehensive Management Plan: a look into trail history

The PCT’s Comprehensive Management Plan: a look into trail history

Standing at the Mexican border staring towards Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail I noticed that the trail was established by an act of congress on October 8, 1968.  That...

Feb 19, 2017 : Kevin Elens
Thru-Hiking in the Age of Trump

Thru-Hiking in the Age of Trump

One of the nice parts about thru-hiking is that it’s incredibly easy to make friends. Everyone’s sharing such a wonderful experience, one that almost has to be talked about, shared,...

Dec 31, 2016 : Chuck McKeever
Great Walks in History

Great Walks in History

The climb out of any trail town is always a little brutal. Your belly is a bit bigger than usual, your food bag is fuller, and it's always uphill. It...

Dec 19, 2016 : Gary Sizer
7 More Women Who Made History on the Appalachian Trail

7 More Women Who Made History on the Appalachian Trail

Last year, I wrote an article about Niki Rellon is the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail with a prosthetic leg. Niki Rellon Niki Rellon, known by her trail name "Bionic

Nov 16, 2016 : Kat Ignatova
A Message to Those Who Walk in the Woods

A Message to Those Who Walk in the Woods

After hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2014 I started to collect old AT guide books and maps. No reason, they were cheap and easily available. It started when I saw...

Aug 28, 2016 : Paul "BigTex" Bunker
Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail

Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail

“Might well, instead of ‘Appalachian Trail’, have been termed, ‘The Anonymous Trail,’ in recognition of the fact that many, many people…have labored on . They have asked for no return...

Aug 26, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra
Who Was the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker?

Who Was the Oldest Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker?

Sandy B. writes... Q: How old was the oldest male through hiker? A: This is a fairly common question, and I think the uncertainty stems from confusing Google results (see below)....

Apr 19, 2016 : Zach
Who was the First Female Thru Hiker?

Who was the First Female Thru Hiker?

Perhaps you've seen this post shared on a hiking or camping Facebook page. With an audience of 45,000 folks and 33,000 shares, it has been spread far and wide in...

Mar 31, 2016 : Caet Cash