Thru-Hiking Culture

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
This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

The following is a guest post courtesy of Marie Draws. Marie is a PCT thru-hiker and artist who is using her skills to tell the stories of backpackers from diverse...

Jul 4, 2020 : Guest Post
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking partner decided to camp at Pen Mar Park....

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
The 2020 Hiking Season Through the Eyes of a Trail Angel

The 2020 Hiking Season Through the Eyes of a Trail Angel

Trail closures aren’t anything new in the hiking community. Obstacles like high levels of snow or fallen trees struck down by storms regularly take hikers off trail. However, ‘in the...

Apr 13, 2020 : Page Gardner
Trevor’s Eternal Trail

Trevor’s Eternal Trail

This is a guest post courtesy of Doug Laher. Doug's son, Trevor, passed away on March 27, 2020, during his PCT thru-hike. Writer's Note: Trevor slipped on a patch of...

Apr 1, 2020 : Guest Post
Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

Calling All Small Businesses Along the Trails: We Want to Help You

If you're running a small business along the trail, this is for you!

Mar 28, 2020 : Sydney Brehm