Thru-Hiking Culture

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

The following is a Sponsored Post courtesy of Mountainsmith.  Head to Indiegogo to see the pre-launch details of the Zerk 40.  If there was a "Can't Stay Still Hall of...

Jan 2, 2019 : Sponsored Post
My AT Adventures Began in 1975. It’s Been a Great Trip

My AT Adventures Began in 1975. It’s Been a Great Trip

It was my second day SOBO on the Appalachian Trail from Katahdin. The sky was covered in windblown clouds, but I drew comfort from the fire I had going on...

Dec 25, 2018 : Hugh Owen
Stories From The Trail Presents: Long-Distance Prep School

Stories From The Trail Presents: Long-Distance Prep School

You're going to school! Crazy Larry figured out how to use it. Stories From The Trail on Discord (Be sure to join the Voice Channel "TheShow" or you won't hear us)...

Dec 23, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Opportunity to Help Trail Angels Who Lost Everything in Paradise Fire

Opportunity to Help Trail Angels Who Lost Everything in Paradise Fire

Pay it forward. Be kind. A little help can brighten someone's day. Long-distance trails like the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail and the tradition of Jack and Neoma Wisdom,...

Dec 18, 2018 : Laura Johnston
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

2018 is coming to a close and so are our compilations of those who became thru-hikers in 2018, either again or for the first time. A big ol, huge congratulations...

Dec 17, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week. This week features photos

Dec 12, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

185 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail 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...

Dec 12, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

Here at The Trek, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations on your incredible journey. Whether you started in the desert, at the Canadian border, or somewhere in the...

Dec 11, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

I didn't expect it. At first, civilization was a welcome respite from hiking in snow, ice, and smoke.  Hot meals and warm showers galore. Not stinking all the time. Wearing—gasp!—mascara....

Dec 10, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
Hiking Across America Means Hiking Through a Divided Nation

Hiking Across America Means Hiking Through a Divided Nation

Last summer I embarked on a hike that led me over the hallowed grounds of the Civil War. Stone tablets marking significant sites along my route had themselves become historical...

Dec 10, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong