Why I’m Hiking Lists

Onesies and Winter Camping: Or, How I fell in Love with Backpacking

Onesies and Winter Camping: Or, How I fell in Love with Backpacking

I was born into a family of hikers. My grandfather helped found the East Coast Trail, a 300-kilometer hiking trail in Newfoundland. My parents brought my older sister when she...

Nov 23, 2018 : Charlotte Huebner
From Never Backpacking to Springer in Two Months

From Never Backpacking to Springer in Two Months

Up until mid-December 2017 I had never backpacked in my life. This is my story of how I decided, planned, and hit the Appalachian Trail in two months as well...

Apr 24, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Beauty in Brevity: Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Beauty in Brevity: Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Fear & HungerI am hungry. That is, I have a hunger. I think it’s in all of us—though maybe it bubbles up in some more than others. We keep it...

Apr 12, 2018 : Caylee Reid
Hey, Ya’ll : What I’ve Been up to, Why I’m Hiking the PCT

Hey, Ya’ll : What I’ve Been up to, Why I’m Hiking the PCT

Why I hiked the Appalachian Trail:            Every thru-hiker gets the question “Why are you hiking the (insert trail name here)?” Perhaps this inquiry is easier for some and more difficult...

Apr 9, 2018 : Peanut
Finding the Building Blocks of Life Along the PCT

Finding the Building Blocks of Life Along the PCT

I begin by writing where the idea first came from to thru-hike. Then I go on to explain why I'm thru-hiking. Explicitly, I'm thru-hiking because the mental tools that it...

Feb 2, 2018 : Alexander Jack
Never Say Never: Everyone Has Reasons to Thru-Hike

Never Say Never: Everyone Has Reasons to Thru-Hike

For my birthday last July, my go-to adventure gal and I hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies. It was the definition of a perfect backpacking trip....

Jan 26, 2018 : Taylor Key
Hiking, Dancing, And Sunglasses – A Memorial To Joe

Hiking, Dancing, And Sunglasses – A Memorial To Joe

Last weekend I went to the funeral service for my friend Joe. I met Joe and his greyhound, Flyer, at a local lake more than 15 years ago when I...

Jan 21, 2018 : Barb Abney
Fears, Faith, and Fun-employment While Thru Hiking

Fears, Faith, and Fun-employment While Thru Hiking

Committing to the PCT is something different than what everyone around me is doing. It seems like everything/one around me is telling me I need stability, money and a husband...

Nov 30, 2017 : Olympia
Anticipating Katahdin & introduction to US!

Anticipating Katahdin & introduction to US!

It was 2 months ago that we found ourselves saying, "I'd really like to just pack up and hike the Appalachian Trail!" #bucketlist. We looked at each other, and were...

Jun 1, 2017 : KatBird & Trail
First post from Hot Springs, NC. Better late than never right?

First post from Hot Springs, NC. Better late than never right?

I'm currently sprawled out in a super comfy bed at a B&B in Hot Springs, NC. That's right. I'm 273 miles in and just now writing my first post. It's...

Apr 25, 2017 : Madison Billingsley