Being Excellent Always Requires Diligence: 15 Incredible Appalachian Trail Beards

When I began hiking the Appalachian Trail I thought I wanted to go on the adventure of a lifetime. . . In reality I only ended up hiking the Appalachian Trail because my beard needed an environment in which it could truly thrive and become an entity of it’s own.  The Appalachian Trail hike is a migratory phenomenon for humans to grow beards.  For humans, the hike is similar to that of the salmon swimming upstream to lay eggs or a butterfly’s flight from Canada to Mexico to hang out and drink tequila.

When/if you hike the Appalachian Trail it is important that you know what you’re getting yourself into.  Hiking the Appalachian Trail requires you be the best you can be at all times.  I’ve just coined the acronym “B.E.A.R.D.” (Being Excellent Always Requires Diligence!)  Whenever you feel like you’re having a hard time on the trail, just remember that B.E.A.R.D!!!

The following people in this blog post have all taken the acronym “B.E.A.R.D” to heart.  Enjoy!!!

The Great White Jungle


The Afro-Beard


God saved the Queen, Big-Tex grew the beard.


If the clown from Stephen King’s “It” removed his makeup and grew a beard he would look like this.


The Presidential Beard


Separated at birth, reunited through beards.


The Hiker Trash Santa


Starry Nights, Stinky Beards


The Beach Bum


Geared Up and ready to Beard


“Even though I’m next to a shower, I refuse to use it.”


That isn’t the sun in the background of this photo, it is the Beard God shining it’s warm light of approval for his beard.


“I’ve just made made it to Maine… I think my beard just got a chubby.”


“Just because I have a beard doesn’t mean I can’t take duck face selfies.”


Bitter Beard

Please insert a beard pic of your own in the comment section to encapsulate it within the annals of the the internet for the rest of eternity.

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Comments 4

  • Hiker BigTex : Jan 31st

    I seem to remember you carried a fair amount of BEARD awesomeness Zachsquatch! Thanks for including me in this list!

  • sean : Jan 31st

    The king Leonidas

  • Guest : Feb 1st

    Zachsquatch, I am hurt that you did not consider my beard for contention:

  • Mayonnaise Pockets : Feb 1st

    Zachsquatch, I am hurt that you did not consider my beard for contention:


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