“He Gone!” Stuff I Threw Out* My First Week

“He Gone!” Stuff I Threw Out* My First Week

*By "threw out," I mean, gave to my AT mentor to send to my parents, or the ATC ridge runner truck to give to a hiker box. "He Gone!"This is...

Mar 20, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Top Ten Funniest Things People Said as I Prepared to Hike the AT

Top Ten Funniest Things People Said as I Prepared to Hike the AT

From the Practical10. "Your pack's too back-heavy. Maybe you should carry some stuff on your front with one of our Baby Björns?" - Brother

Mar 20, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Thru-Hiking the AT: Preparation and Intentions

Thru-Hiking the AT: Preparation and Intentions

Hiiiii friends, welcome! I am so glad you're here reading some of my words. I'll try not to bore you too much. I figured I'd introduce myself a bit before...

Mar 20, 2019 : Therese Hobson
How to Support a Thru-Hiker: What Do They Need?

How to Support a Thru-Hiker: What Do They Need?

Dear family and friends:I know you have a million questions for the thru-hiker in your life. You're probably thinking: What about bears? What about going to the bathroom? Will they...

Mar 20, 2019 : Susan
Backpacker Radio Episode 32: Peter Downing on Ultrarunning, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better

Backpacker Radio Episode 32: Peter Downing on Ultrarunning, the Peace Corps, and Suffer Better

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, we're joined by Peter Downing, a modern-day renaissance man.  We chat about his history as an ultrarunner (including his four wins at the Buena...

Mar 20, 2019 : Zach
A Month on Trail, and Spring Is Popping Up

A Month on Trail, and Spring Is Popping Up

At last signs of springs are showing up. A single bluebird and a robin at Max Patch. Frogs at dammed pond, a huge toad next to the French Broad River....

Mar 19, 2019 : JC Van Etten
What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

Hey folks! A lot of time was spent deciding what to carry as I walked from Georgia to Maine. So I thought I'd briefly try to let you know how...

Mar 19, 2019 : Christopher Keys
Gear Review: MSR Access 2 Four-Season Tent

Gear Review: MSR Access 2 Four-Season Tent

Weight: 4 pounds MSRP: $599.95 Category: Semi-freestanding, but we pitched this without the stakes a few times and it was stable.  Capacity: 2-person. BUT. This tent is roomy. We slept with

Mar 19, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gearing Up: Gear List for the AT

Gearing Up: Gear List for the AT

Here is my initial gear list for starting the Appalachian Trail.  I am not going to include much detail, as most of the items can be found quickly by going...

Mar 19, 2019 : Isaac Nesbitt
My Naming Day Came During a Tough Stretch

My Naming Day Came During a Tough Stretch

My friends call me Stretch. My naming day could not have come at a better time. The prior day (I think that was Sunday) was the first time I cried...

Mar 19, 2019 : Christy Fairlie