Thru-Hiking Culture

What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

Class is in session! To help prep for your long-distance hike, we begin by addressing common new-hiker fears - what are you afraid of? To answer that, we present the first...

Jan 8, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Stories From The Trail Presents: Long-Distance Prep School

Stories From The Trail Presents: Long-Distance Prep School

You're going to school! Crazy Larry figured out how to use it. Stories From The Trail on Discord (Be sure to join the Voice Channel "TheShow" or you won't hear us)...

Dec 23, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Opportunity to Help Trail Angels Who Lost Everything in Paradise Fire

Opportunity to Help Trail Angels Who Lost Everything in Paradise Fire

Pay it forward. Be kind. A little help can brighten someone's day. Long-distance trails like the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail and the tradition of Jack and Neoma Wisdom,...

Dec 18, 2018 : Laura Johnston
129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

Here at The Trek, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations on your incredible journey. Whether you started in the desert, at the Canadian border, or somewhere in the...

Dec 11, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

I didn't expect it. At first, civilization was a welcome respite from hiking in snow, ice, and smoke.  Hot meals and warm showers galore. Not stinking all the time. Wearing—gasp!—mascara....

Dec 10, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
Lone Wolves to Trail Families: Who’s Who in the Thru-Hiking Social Dynamic

Lone Wolves to Trail Families: Who’s Who in the Thru-Hiking Social Dynamic

A large and integral part of a thru-hike is the social aspect.  As with most human endeavors, there's a broad spectrum of interest—some people are in this for the scenery,...

Nov 25, 2018 : Smokebeard
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup where we carefully select and showcase the most impressive, hilarious, and all-around epic photos taken by hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. Use the hashtag

Nov 5, 2018 : Andrea Davis
PCT Thru-Hike by the Numbers

PCT Thru-Hike by the Numbers

Now that I'm off trail and home for a bit, I've been doing some thinking about the trip as a whole.  People ask me, "What was it like?" and I...

Oct 31, 2018 : Smokebeard
Congrats to These 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Oct. 26)

Congrats to These 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Oct. 26)

PCT northbounders are ending their trek to Canada! In true PCT fashion, fire closures made things interesting this year and stopped some hikers at Hart’s Pass. Regardless, a huge round...

Oct 26, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup where we carefully select and showcase the most impressive, hilarious, and all-around epic photos taken by hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. Use the hashtag

Oct 20, 2018 : Andrea Davis