Thru-Hiking Culture

17 Years, 8,000 Hikers: Trail Angels Scout and Frodo Retire from PCT Hosting

17 Years, 8,000 Hikers: Trail Angels Scout and Frodo Retire from PCT Hosting

Seventeen years ago, Barney "Scout" and Sandy "Frodo" Mann welcomed a group of Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers into their San Diego home for the first time, offering a place to...

Jun 17, 2024 : Ariella Nardizzi
How Much Trash Gets Left on the PCT? Two Scientists Thru-Hiked It To Find Out

How Much Trash Gets Left on the PCT? Two Scientists Thru-Hiked It To Find Out

Ever come across a trashed campsite while out hiking and wonder exactly how much trash gets left behind in the backcountry? You're not the only one. Last year, two scientists...

May 2, 2024 : Kelly Floro
22 Trek Bloggers on the Pacific Crest Trail You Should Be Following in 2024

22 Trek Bloggers on the Pacific Crest Trail You Should Be Following in 2024

As the hiking season officially kicks into high gear, the Pacific Crest Trail welcomes yet another class of thru-hikers, all of who are hopeful to complete the entire 2,650-mile journey....

Apr 23, 2024 : Kendra Slagter
Excerpt From “You Carry the Tent, I’ll Carry the Baby” by Jack McClure

Excerpt From “You Carry the Tent, I’ll Carry the Baby” by Jack McClure

This is a guest post brought to you by Jack McClure. McClure's new book, You Carry the Tent, I'll Carry the Baby, is available now through all major online book...

Apr 9, 2024 : Guest Post
Answering the Top 15 FAQs about the Pacific Crest Trail

Answering the Top 15 FAQs about the Pacific Crest Trail

Happy New Year! I'm responding to the top 15 most frequently asked questions I received about my hike. What's that/where's that? The Pacific Coast Trail, right? I used to think...

Jan 2, 2024 : Mary H
Here Are All the Things I’m Thankful for as a PCT Hiker

Here Are All the Things I’m Thankful for as a PCT Hiker

For Thanksgiving, I reflected on everything I'm thankful for as a Pacific Crest Trail hiker → I'm thankful for the opportunity to take time away from "regular life" to hike...

Nov 22, 2023 : Mary H
Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 6

Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 6

The aspiration of conquering a long-distance trail is a shared dream among many avid hikers, with the Pacific Crest Trail often occupying a special place in their imaginations. However, it's...

Oct 26, 2023 : Kendra Slagter
Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 5

Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 5

After covering an astounding 2,650 miles through three states, traversing 26 national forests, exploring seven national parks, and indulging in countless ramen bombs along the way, these determined

Oct 17, 2023 : Kendra Slagter
Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 3

Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 3

Found amongst the rugged beauty of the American West, the Pacific Crest Trail beckons individuals seeking both a mental and physical challenge to tackle its 2,650 miles worth of trail....

Sep 28, 2023 : Kendra Slagter
Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 2

Congratulations to these 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part 2

Covering a staggering 2,650 miles through three states, weaving through 26 national forests, and traversing seven national parks, a remarkable feat of determination and endurance unfolded as Pacific

Sep 21, 2023 : Kendra Slagter