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Chance of Bad Weather: Going Heavy Gear List

Chance of Bad Weather: Going Heavy Gear List

The 2019 PCT year could be a rough weather year. After talking with a number of trekkers that have quite a bit more long-distance trekking experience than I do, many...

Feb 21, 2019 : KTrepp
Keeping My Plans Quiet Until I Can Shout About Them

Keeping My Plans Quiet Until I Can Shout About Them

I decided I was going to be a part of the class of 2019 last April. Started making plans about ten months ago. I printed out the David/Squish!). 2019 hopefuls...

Feb 18, 2019 : Tiffany Chou
Rain, Hearts, Trail Names, and Adventures to Come

Rain, Hearts, Trail Names, and Adventures to Come

On rainy days in Tennessee, I like to sit in my room listening to the pitter-patter of rain trickling down the roofing as I gorge my belly with excessive mugs...

Feb 18, 2019 : Madeleine Shell
Going Solo to Fulfill My Dream

Going Solo to Fulfill My Dream

When I have been explaining to others about me hiking the PCT, another big question that is asked other than the big "why” is, “Is someone going with you?” I...

Feb 16, 2019 : Kali Cecil
A Happy Introduction to My Coming Journey

A Happy Introduction to My Coming Journey

My name is Alexandria, trail name Pocahontas, and I'll be blogging for The Trek for the 2019 hiking season. I did my first long-distance hike on the Appalachian Trail in 2016,...

Feb 11, 2019 : Alexandria Cantrell
Unemployment, Nerves, Excitement; Final Prep Weeks

Unemployment, Nerves, Excitement; Final Prep Weeks

Less than 30 days from now I'll be standing atop Springer Mountain, and it still does not seem real. There’s such a long, long planning process involving significant others, family...

Feb 10, 2019 : Dave Mizelle
Book Review: Chicas on the Appalachian Trail

Book Review: Chicas on the Appalachian Trail

As any thru-hiker knows, preparing for your first thru-hike means a lot of frantic googling. Hours-long googling sessions, googling questions that lead to more questions, waking up in the middle...

Feb 8, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Winter Clearance Event

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Winter Clearance Event

The following is a Sponsored Post courtesy of REI Winter might still be in full swing, but in the retail world, shelves are being cleared for spring goods and that...

Feb 8, 2019 : Sponsored Post
How to Section Hike Virginia V:  Front Royal to Harpers Ferry

How to Section Hike Virginia V: Front Royal to Harpers Ferry

Distance: 55 miles Terrain type: Woodland trails and some open fields. A choppy mix of short climbs and descents through much of the section. Difficulty: Easy to moderate Best seasons: Spring or

Feb 7, 2019 : Ken Nail
My Dental Demise After the Appalachian Trail: A Cautionary Tale

My Dental Demise After the Appalachian Trail: A Cautionary Tale

ME overlooking Upper Yellowstone Falls Hey all! Glad to be writing again. A little catch up is in order before we get started. After finishing my thru hike and leaving...

Feb 6, 2019 : Kevin Arsenijevic