Thru-Hiking Culture

The Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail of the Week

The Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail of the Week

As both NOBO and now SOBO hikers are getting into the groove of their thru-hikes, we are getting more and more stunning imagery from the Pacific Crest Trail on Instagram. ...

Jul 27, 2021 : Alexa Dunn
Hiker Spotlight with Alice Wu: From the Seas of Service to the Deserts of the PCT

Hiker Spotlight with Alice Wu: From the Seas of Service to the Deserts of the PCT

If you ask any hiker what their favorite part of a thru-hike is (besides that feeling when you see trail magic at the road crossing up ahead) nine times out...

May 19, 2021 : Katie Houston
Trekking While Asian: An AAPI Perspective

Trekking While Asian: An AAPI Perspective

Disappointing my ancestors and challenging western stereotypes one literal step at a time.

Mar 19, 2021 : Alice Wu
Interview with Carolyn “Ravensong” Burkhart, First Woman to Solo Thru-Hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Interview with Carolyn “Ravensong” Burkhart, First Woman to Solo Thru-Hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

There is a Kamala Harris (as in the new U.S. Vice President) of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) -- the first woman to be in that role, but certainly not...

Feb 5, 2021 : Laura Johnston
Scout and Frodo will not host PCT hikers in San Diego in 2021

Scout and Frodo will not host PCT hikers in San Diego in 2021

Barney and Sandy Mann, aka Scout and Frodo, have decided not to host Pacific Crest Trail hikers for the 2021 season, due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Feb 3, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Meet Barney “Scout” Mann: Triple Crowner, Trail Angel, Author

Meet Barney “Scout” Mann: Triple Crowner, Trail Angel, Author

Few people have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail. Known as Triple Crowners, those who carry this title are known throughout the trail community. Barney

Sep 21, 2020 : Tara Ritchey
Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Meet the Eating Disorder Survivor Crushing Miles on the PCT

Sarah Mabee didn’t know she’d be hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail this year. Nine months ago she didn’t have ambitions to hike any long trail, because at the...

Sep 2, 2020 : Kelly Floro
[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

[Book Review] Barney Scout Mann’s PCT Memoir Among the Best of the Genre

Barney Scout Mann is so ingrained in trail culture that there aren’t quotation marks around his trail name on the cover of his remarkable new memoir, Journeys North: The Pacific...

Aug 27, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Excerpt: A Good Place for Maniacs – Dispatches from the Pacific Crest Trail

Excerpt: A Good Place for Maniacs – Dispatches from the Pacific Crest Trail

The following is an excerpt of A Good Place for Maniacs: Dispatches from the Pacific Crest Trail, by Chuck "Stoic" McKeever, who completed the PCT in 2016.  After another brief struggle with

Jul 24, 2020 : Chuck McKeever
The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

Most Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers begin their journey in the desert — the first steps on the trail that they’ll be walking on for the next five months. The desert...

Jul 23, 2020 : Alexandria Cremer