Thru-Hiking Culture

The Impact of Climate Change on Long Trails in the American West

The Impact of Climate Change on Long Trails in the American West

The naturally variable climate of the American West means that conditions on long trails are vastly different from year to year. The past couple of years exemplify this perfectly when...

Mar 14, 2020 : Zacc Larkin
Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

Trail Angel Spotlight: Jim “The Spoon Man” Tabor

All along the rock-strewn trails of Pennsylvania, there have been rumors of a man leaving spoons out on the trail for hikers to find. Well, the rumors are true. And...

Mar 8, 2020 : Bloodhound
“Into America’s Wild:” A Documentary about Biophilia

“Into America’s Wild:” A Documentary about Biophilia

Tweto and Harrington speak to the feeling of isolation that many experience and the connections that can be made in nature - both to the natural world and to others.

Feb 25, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
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
The Future Is Female: Women in Ultralight Backpacking

The Future Is Female: Women in Ultralight Backpacking

“There seems to be a miscommunication, that UL just means driving up miles but what it can mean is including so many more people.” JPD began our conversation talking about...

Feb 4, 2020 : Caro
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
A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

It’s January of a new decade and ’tis the season for ambitious lists, goals, and vision boards for the coming year—adventurous ambitions hopefully among them. We set goals to push...

Jan 20, 2020 : Effie Drew
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Thru-hiking in 2020?  Let's chat! The Trek is looking for a handful of thru-hikers to showcase through their social media channels in 2020.  Specifically, we're looking to feature those who...

Jan 6, 2020 : The Editors
FK-FAIL: When Attempting a Fastest Known Time is NOT for You

FK-FAIL: When Attempting a Fastest Known Time is NOT for You

Today in the year 2020, almost everyone at least remotely in touch with the long-trail and endurance community are familiar with the phenomenon known as Fastest Known Times (FKTs). For...

Jan 6, 2020 : Antonio Sierra