Star Giraffe

Star Giraffe

Check it out: We are sitting in a line on a Thermarest foam pad: Cheese Slice, myself, Magnet, and Tosser. Our heads are tilted up and we are drinking in...

Apr 16, 2021 : Lil Ghost
500 Miles and a Failed Relationship

500 Miles and a Failed Relationship

"It's Me or the Trail." I can still hear the scratchy voice barely coming through my phone.  I raced along a ridge line in the Smokey Mountain National Park as...

Apr 16, 2021 : Avry
Still Here, and Exploring Letchworth

Still Here, and Exploring Letchworth

This post has nothing and everything to do with thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. It's about getting these old bones and, especially, my head, ready to step through the arch next...

Apr 15, 2021 : pearwood
All Jokes About the Desert are Dry Humor

All Jokes About the Desert are Dry Humor

Coming out of Idyllwild, I had expected snowy conditions, but the extent to which that section challenged me both physically and emotionally took me by surprise. There were many points...

Apr 15, 2021 : Rachel Frey
8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, I became one of many thru-hikers to get involved with vanlife. As is often the case, getting back into the swing of "real life" wasn't...

Apr 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Cindy Ross is a triple-crowner, writer, and founder of River House PA, a non-profit dedicated to taking veterans outdoors. Her new book, Walking Toward Peace: Veterans Healing on America’s Trails...

Apr 15, 2021 : Tina Mullen
Frameless Packs – Fitting and Packing

Frameless Packs – Fitting and Packing

I recently bought my first frameless backpack, the Mountain Laurel Design Prophet 48L. I was always very hesitant to get a frameless pack since I have an autoimmune disease that affects...

Apr 15, 2021 : Jennifer Foster
Traversing the Smokies pt. 1: AT Days 15-16

Traversing the Smokies pt. 1: AT Days 15-16

Day 15: Fontana Marina to Spence Field Shelter; 19.4 miles After being dropped off back at the Marina parking lot, Penguin and I followed the AT up to the Fontana...

Apr 15, 2021 : Max Kiel
The Trail Provides, Always

The Trail Provides, Always

They say it takes a village. A village to support a thru-hiker, that is. No matter how “solo” we’d like to think we are as thru-hikers, there always comes a...

Apr 14, 2021 : Steph Strickland
PCT Shakedown Hike on The Shawangunk Ridge Trail

PCT Shakedown Hike on The Shawangunk Ridge Trail

Testing out all my PCT gear on a shakedown hike of the 70+ mile Shawangunk Ridge Trail

Apr 14, 2021 : Jennifer Foster