Interview

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 Duesterhoeft
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 Duesterhoeft
Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

“The cause that I am focused on for whatever years I have remaining is to see that Congress do for the other National Scenic Trails what it has done for...

May 17, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Stringbean on “Stringbean”: An Interview with the Appalachian Trail FKT Record Holder

Stringbean on “Stringbean”: An Interview with the Appalachian Trail FKT Record Holder

It was mind-boggling. How could an unsupported ultrarunner, carrying a pack and sleeping in a tent, not just break the unsupported record on the Appalachian Trail by eight days, but...

Mar 13, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Winter Thru-Hiking The Long Trail, The Zerk 40, and Shaving His Beard: An Interview with The Real Hiking Viking

Winter Thru-Hiking The Long Trail, The Zerk 40, and Shaving His Beard: An Interview with The Real Hiking Viking

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Jan 2, 2019 : Sponsored Post
“White Blazes – Stories from the Appalachian Trail:” Q&A with Director Godfrey Torrance

“White Blazes – Stories from the Appalachian Trail:” Q&A with Director Godfrey Torrance

Why a person would quit their job, leave their home, say goodbye to their family, and choose to spend half a year backpacking the length of a long trail is...

Oct 10, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Q&A with Elsye “Chardonnay” Walker: Likely the First Black, Female Triple Crowner

Q&A with Elsye “Chardonnay” Walker: Likely the First Black, Female Triple Crowner

The ATC, the PCTA, the CDTC and the ALDHA-West—the organizations that oversee the long-distance trails we adore—don't recognize any qualifier in front of the term "thru-hike." They also don't

Sep 10, 2018 : Becky Booroojian