Interview

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
Stories From The Trail Ep 12 – AT Trail Days with Zach and Hiking Viking

Stories From The Trail Ep 12 – AT Trail Days with Zach and Hiking Viking

Worlds Collide! This year for Trail Days, Voldemort and I traveled to Damascus, a much longer trip for her! and recorded a joint episode with Zach from Backpacker Radio. (And...

Jun 12, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Stories From The Trail Ep 11 – Mother’s Day Special: Miss Janet

Stories From The Trail Ep 11 – Mother’s Day Special: Miss Janet

The Appalachian Trail wouldn't be what it is today without Miss Janet. It doesn't take long for a new or aspiring thru-hiker to start hearing her name, and for good...

May 12, 2018 : Gary Sizer