Thru-Hiking Culture

The Green Dragon Hostel

The Green Dragon Hostel

"Do Not Pass" the Green Dragon Hostel In the original Lord of the Rings movie, Gandalf slams his wooden staff to the ground and yells to the Balrog, "You shall...

May 30, 2024 : Kevin Rapp
The Trail Boss

The Trail Boss

Bonus content for your patience.

May 28, 2024 : Spark
Hey, Thru-Hiker: Like It or Not, the Camino Has a Few Things To Teach You

Hey, Thru-Hiker: Like It or Not, the Camino Has a Few Things To Teach You

This is a guest post by Tim Mathis. I’ve hiked the PCT and the Tahoe Rim Trail and thousands of miles of wilderness in the Americas, Europe, and New Zealand....

May 28, 2024 : Guest Post
Every Pizza on the Colorado Trail, Ranked

Every Pizza on the Colorado Trail, Ranked

Inspired by the hard, difficult work of previous thru-hikers, here I am with my review of pizza in every town along the Colorado Trail*. While others may have more "civilized"...

May 27, 2024 : JT Simmons
Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Trail Days 2024 Hiker’s Stories – John B.

Some might describe Trail Days in Damascus, VA as time when AT hikers, both current and former, gather to share stories and the camaraderie of the trail community. It can...

May 23, 2024 : John Edward Harris
Why I Always Carry a Bear Canister When Thru-Hiking

Why I Always Carry a Bear Canister When Thru-Hiking

As hikers, we're privileged to immerse ourselves in pristine wilderness areas. Places like these only exist today as the result of concerted efforts to protect them. These efforts exist on...

May 21, 2024 : Moose Juice
Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

It's no secret that the way to a thru-hiker's heart is through their stomach. Ramen bombs are great and all, but when you're burning 4,000 calories a day there's nothing...

May 14, 2024 : Ariella Nardizzi
How Much Trash Gets Left on the PCT? Two Scientists Thru-Hiked It To Find Out

How Much Trash Gets Left on the PCT? Two Scientists Thru-Hiked It To Find Out

Ever come across a trashed campsite while out hiking and wonder exactly how much trash gets left behind in the backcountry? You're not the only one. Last year, two scientists...

May 2, 2024 : Kelly Floro
Yellow Is the New White: Yellow Emergency Hiking Brick Becomes AT Icon

Yellow Is the New White: Yellow Emergency Hiking Brick Becomes AT Icon

The most famous Appalachian Trail thru-hiker of 2024 is an unflappable yellow brick. If you're on social media or deeply embedded in the hiking community, you may have already heard...

Apr 29, 2024 : Kelly Floro
Hiker’s Choice: The Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

Hiker’s Choice: The Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

Hostels are a special part of the Appalachian Trail experience. From renovated farmhouses to uniquely styled bunkhouses to rooms in private homes, each hostel has its own character. In our...

Apr 25, 2024 : Diane Duffard