Interview

Meet the Family of 6 Finishing Their Triple Crown

Meet the Family of 6 Finishing Their Triple Crown

Meet the Bennetts, a family of six that has hiked the PCT, CDT, and PNT.  I caught up with 5/6 of them (and a Bennett cousin) almost a quarter of...

Jun 15, 2022 : Penina Crocker
SOBO Winter Thru-Hike Q&A: Scott Benerofe Update

SOBO Winter Thru-Hike Q&A: Scott Benerofe Update

Hello everybody, my name is Katie "Oats" Houston. I am the Social Media Wiz for The Trek, and I’m so excited to be sharing the first of many interviews this...

Apr 4, 2022 : Katie "Oats" Houston
Painting the AT: How One Artist is Transforming the Trail, One Hostel at a Time

Painting the AT: How One Artist is Transforming the Trail, One Hostel at a Time

For the last several years, an artist/hiker, Bobbie Drelick, trail name, “Paint Splash”, has been making a splash—a paint splash—on large sections of the Appalachian Trail, transforming drab, ordinary walls...

Mar 15, 2022 : Bloodhound
Nicholas “Click” Reichard on “SToRIES”: An Interview with a Prolific Hiker, Photographer, and Author

Nicholas “Click” Reichard on “SToRIES”: An Interview with a Prolific Hiker, Photographer, and Author

Nick is a thru-hiker, photographer, and dad. In the spring of 2021, Nick added another title to his list - published author. His book SToRIES uses an engaging combination of...

Jul 16, 2021 : Jacob Deutsch
Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Sarah Mabee didn’t know she’d be hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail this year. Nine months ago she didn’t have ambitions to hike any long trail, because at the...

Sep 2, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

I don't remember when I met Randy Fuller, aka Survivor, but I know when I said goodbye. Last July, both of us were midway through our northbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike...

Mar 18, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Interviewing an Artist: Elina Osborne on her PCT Film Experience

Interviewing an Artist: Elina Osborne on her PCT Film Experience

It is no secret that thru-hiking is good for the soul, but some people find that a months-long sojourn in the wilderness also does wonders for their creative sides. Year...

Feb 11, 2020 : Rachel S
How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

“It’s official,” I told my friend on the phone as I stepped outside and braced against the cold. “I just blew up my life.” The day was January 6, 2019,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Why Do You Hike? | Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Interviews from Trail Days 2019

Why Do You Hike? | Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Interviews from Trail Days 2019

“Why do you hike?” is a question that most thru-hikers get asked. Understanding the "why" can give hikers a sense of purpose and can serves as motivation to start the...

Jun 6, 2019 : Jenna Ivey
What’s Your Trail Name? | Thru-Hiker Interviews at Trail Days 2019

What’s Your Trail Name? | Thru-Hiker Interviews at Trail Days 2019

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." This Shakespearean quote may be true for Romeo and Juliet, but when...

Jun 3, 2019 : Jenna Ivey