Trail Update

Countdown to the Great Divide Trail

Countdown to the Great Divide Trail

Last weekend marked the four week mark until I embark on thru hike of the Great Divide Trail (GDT) Like so many segments of society, COVID has thrown the thru-hiker...

Jun 4, 2020 : Kelly McDonald
They Stole My Gear but not My Community

They Stole My Gear but not My Community

Hi. My name is Kaitlin and my PCT dream was stolen. And I know what the first thing that pops in your mind when reading that statement is---you and thousands...

Mar 29, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
Why I’m Putting Aside My Dream

Why I’m Putting Aside My Dream

*The following is the story behind my decision to leave the Appalachian Trail. I’ll post a more analytical, bullet-pointed list in the next few days. Like many readers and writers...

Mar 25, 2020 : Hayden "LLC" Cox
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