Thru-Hiking Culture

125 Glorious 2017 AT Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

125 Glorious 2017 AT Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

Each year, we invite Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to send us their finish photos, whether they're lifting their pack over their head atop Katahdin, touching the sign at Springer, or giving...

Feb 6, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
Book Review: Blazing Ahead

Book Review: Blazing Ahead

Blazing Ahead—a story of their individual and combined efforts, hardships, and victories that lead to what is now the Appalachian Trail. Appalachian Odyssey, a story of the 28-year journey of two

Feb 2, 2018 : Hashtag
In a Thru-Hiker’s Head: Contemplations During a Climb

In a Thru-Hiker’s Head: Contemplations During a Climb

My body, tired after working a 15-plus-mile day, was aching. Yes, working sounds odd in this situation, although it does fit. Walking may seem like a chore in certain environments....

Jan 30, 2018 : Michael Bullard
UL Tents: What You May Be Thinking But Were Afraid to Say

UL Tents: What You May Be Thinking But Were Afraid to Say

"Don't you just love that tent?" asked a bearded hiker as I walked by him on my way to fill up water bottles at a stream near the fully packed...

Jan 29, 2018 : Domonick Zanarini
Introducing Backpacker Radio by The Trek! Episode #1: The Real Hiking Viking

Introducing Backpacker Radio by The Trek! Episode #1: The Real Hiking Viking

We are thrilled to introduce Backpacker Radio, a new podcast co-hosted by Zach "Badger" Davis and Juliana "Chaunce" Chauncey, brought to you by The Trek.  Much like The Trek, Backpacker...

Jan 22, 2018 : Zach
Stories From The Trail Episode 3 – Hangin’ with Squatch

Stories From The Trail Episode 3 – Hangin’ with Squatch

Our biggest, meatiest mess of an episode yet! Join Megan and me for a conversation with Scott Herriott. Scott, whose trail name is Squatch, is an outdoorsman, comedian, documentarian and...

Jan 22, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Skip the Trip to Chafe Town

Skip the Trip to Chafe Town

Despite what instagram wants you to think, thru hiking the Appalachian Trail isn’t all gorgeous vistas, sexy hikers, and smiles. It’s also blisters, bruises, cuts, and tuna. And as far...

Jan 15, 2018 : Patrick Murray
Quiz: Are You Thriving On-Trail? Or Just Surviving?

Quiz: Are You Thriving On-Trail? Or Just Surviving?

Are you thriving on-trail? Or just surviving? Find out in this new quiz, designed to help you thrive. Regardless if you hike long-distance trails for sport or recreation, how you...

Jan 13, 2018 : Aria Zoner
Appalachian Fail: What I Learned from My Failed Thru-Hike

Appalachian Fail: What I Learned from My Failed Thru-Hike

The following is a guest post courtesy of John Desilets. If you have a story to contribute, submit it The world is full of people with stories that would blow your...

Jan 11, 2018 : Guest Post
Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

As a ridgerunner you answer the same questions over and over — it’s part of the job. I recall the questions I received during my 2016 summer as a ridgerunner,...

Jan 8, 2018 : Tide Walker