Thru-Hiking Culture

Slow Motion: Reflections on my Seven-Month AT Thru-Hike

Slow Motion: Reflections on my Seven-Month AT Thru-Hike

Whenever I tell anyone who knows how long it typically takes to hike the AT that it took me seven months to complete, they tend to ask what went wrong....

Mar 15, 2018 : Sarah Karner
Four Books I Read Before My PCT Thru-Hike

Four Books I Read Before My PCT Thru-Hike

Books. Who prepares for a thru-hike by reading books when you can track down a million resources from the internet? While I planned about 95 % of my upcoming PCT...

Mar 13, 2018 : Lindsey Gordon
6 Things You’ll Be Unprepared for at the Start of Your Hike

6 Things You’ll Be Unprepared for at the Start of Your Hike

1. Even the introverts are incredibly social. It will be a rare day when you pass a thru-hiker who doesn’t say hello on the trail. Even at the shelter, it’s like...

Mar 12, 2018 : Paige Bellamy
Thoughts on Technology in the Backcountry

Thoughts on Technology in the Backcountry

As millennials continue to embark on outdoor adventures, we bring our idiosyncrasies with us. Sometimes, our preoccupation with sharing every detail of our life pervades even our “escape from real

Mar 12, 2018 : Will Trenda
Why I am Not Ultralight

Why I am Not Ultralight

To go ultralight or not, is that the question? Today, the debate seems over: why carry more when you can carry less and increase the enjoyment of your hike? Technology...

Mar 11, 2018 : Guest Post
Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

Understanding the PCT Permit System, and Why it Matters

It was a scorching summer day in Southern California. I was taking a break underneath a large tree, elevating my feet to provide my poor extremities some sweet relief. A...

Feb 26, 2018 : Brooke Eller
Stories From the Trail Episode 5: Getting Geared Up

Stories From the Trail Episode 5: Getting Geared Up

Another episode is out! In preparation for his first overnight hike, Daniel calls into the show from REI. If you've ever wanted to virtually help a new hiker select their...

Feb 25, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Faces of Hot Springs: Chief of Police, Officer David Shelton

Faces of Hot Springs: Chief of Police, Officer David Shelton

Strolling through the peaceful little town of Hot Springs, NC, you don't get the feeling that you get in so many other cities, the uneasy feeling that makes you want...

Feb 25, 2018 : Bloodhound
A SOBO’s Song

A SOBO’s Song

"Oh my God, this is the ending. This is over. What is beginning?" Cole Blume, 34.  Eugene, Oregon.     THE BASICS: Start/finish day: July 16, 2017 to November 14,...

Feb 21, 2018 : Tommy Corey
The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

I was alone, hurrying to Vermillion Valley Resort to make the 4 pm ferry. I crossed Bear Creek (a.k.a. big-ass river) on a massive log, and then I charged into some...

Feb 15, 2018 : Aurora Smedley