Trail Update

Two Trails Are Better Than One: Why Everyone Should Hike a Second Thru-Hike

Two Trails Are Better Than One: Why Everyone Should Hike a Second Thru-Hike

This persistent feeling that I was doing something all too familiar but not familiar at all. I’m currently lying in my tent after a long hike through the tall, grassy...

Jan 24, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak
A True Pilgrimage: Trust Where Your Feet Will Take You

A True Pilgrimage: Trust Where Your Feet Will Take You

I rolled over on my sleeping pad and let the air expel from my bed. After a long day of climbing through the backcountry of New Zealand my body needed...

Jan 19, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak
Why I Didn’t Quit the Te Araroa

Why I Didn’t Quit the Te Araroa

Though I've ranted about the things wrong with the Te Araroa, the trail has some truly amazing assets as well.

Jan 13, 2020 : Danny Strayer
Te Araroa: A Beautiful Walk on the Beach

Te Araroa: A Beautiful Walk on the Beach

The sun crested the towering sand dunes and reminded me of its strength. The 90-mile beach welcomed me with its wide open space and salty breeze. I left camp early...

Jan 13, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak
Sometimes the Hardest Part Is Just Getting to the Trailhead

Sometimes the Hardest Part Is Just Getting to the Trailhead

It wouldn’t be an adventure if it didn’t start a little spicy.

Jan 5, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak
Why I Almost Quit My Second Thru-Hike

Why I Almost Quit My Second Thru-Hike

I'm three weeks into my second thru-hike on New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail, but to put it plainly, I'm not sure I'm enjoying it.

Nov 26, 2019 : Danny Strayer
Te Araroa Gear List

Te Araroa Gear List

On the eve of my Te Araroa hike across New Zealand, I take stock of my gear and ponder the journey that is to come.

Nov 1, 2019 : Danny Strayer
A World of Pain: Sufferfest and the End

A World of Pain: Sufferfest and the End

From reading my blogs about this year's hike up to now, I realize that I might make this sound kind of easy. Well, this is going to be a complete...

Sep 30, 2019 : Erica Notini
The Flip Side: Becoming a SOBO

The Flip Side: Becoming a SOBO

The Final Days (Kind Of) The last few days of my Long Trail thru-hike were the most relaxed I think I’ve ever been on a thru-hike. I knew my ride...

Sep 22, 2019 : Erica Notini
Breaking Ground: The Long Trail North of Maine Junction

Breaking Ground: The Long Trail North of Maine Junction

New Territory After turning left at Maine Junction, against my leftover AT instincts, the trail immediately took on a new persona. A rougher, obviously less traveled dirt path sometimes hidden...

Sep 16, 2019 : Erica Notini