Thru-Hiking Culture

Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Thru-hiking in 2020?  Let's chat! The Trek is looking for a handful of thru-hikers to showcase through their social media channels in 2020.  Specifically, we're looking to feature those who...

Jan 6, 2020 : The Editors
Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

We take to the trails for a simpler life, engaging the rhythms of nature, joining a community of like-minded people. Our days on trail follow the rising and setting of...

Jan 2, 2020 : Hugh Owen
You Might Be Hiker Trash If…

You Might Be Hiker Trash If…

hiker trash haɪk•r træʃ noun US informal the endearing term used within the hiking community to describe a hiker or group of hikers who have acclimated to a lower standard of living....

Dec 23, 2019 : Melissa
Here’s How Trails Have Become Important Boosters for Local Economies

Here’s How Trails Have Become Important Boosters for Local Economies

Sustained by more than half a century of vigorous growth, outdoor recreation has become one of the largest economic sectors of the American economy. Hiking, biking, hunting and fishing, water

Nov 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Thru-Hiking with Wildfires: Risk Factors and What You Need to Know

Thru-Hiking with Wildfires: Risk Factors and What You Need to Know

Wildfires can happen anywhere in the country. Here's the info on why fires happen and what you need to know to stay safe.

Sep 23, 2019 : Alex Murphy
Is YouTube Good for Long-Distance Trails?

Is YouTube Good for Long-Distance Trails?

In the world of long-distance hiking, it’s become as predictable as snow in the Sierra or the riot of wildflowers in rolling Virginia pastures in April: Each season, a new...

Aug 19, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
How to Volunteer on The Triple Crown Trails This Summer

How to Volunteer on The Triple Crown Trails This Summer

National Trails Day is right around the corner and you should be making your plans to ensure you're on a trail in some way, shape, or form on June 1st....

May 28, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

Freedom and (a Little) Frustration: Sandal-Wearing Thru-Hikers Explain Themselves

In more than 2,100 miles of hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I never got a single blister on my feet. That was thanks, in part, to the miracle of...

Apr 15, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

Taking on a great outdoor adventure like the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail means navigating a world of blog posts, YouTube channels, and gear lists that can make planning overwhelming....

Mar 22, 2019 : Effie Drew
Congrats to These 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers!

CDT northbounders are ending their trek to Canada! A huge round of applause for all these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to

Oct 25, 2018 : Becky Booroojian