Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Should You Thru-Hike With Your Significant Other?

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Should You Thru-Hike With Your Significant Other?

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to our sixth Mailbag with National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. But the real reason we love JPD and ask for her input? For such an...

Apr 22, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Damascus to Marion, VA

Damascus to Marion, VA

Damascus, not what you might think. I was so happy to finally reach Damascus until I actually got to Damascus. Every one had said it was a small town, I...

Apr 22, 2018 : Noel Nason
Update Eight: Days 13 to 15

Update Eight: Days 13 to 15

In update eight, see my next few days on the Appalachian Trail, including miles 109.2 to

Apr 21, 2018 : Liz Kidder
Healing and Planning

Healing and Planning

Good morning, hiker trash. I pray that wherever you are today you’re having safe and happy trails. It took a broken shoulder with shredded tendons and a torn muscle to...

Apr 21, 2018 : Gary Stell
Week Four: Mile Marker 420 On Day 4/20

Week Four: Mile Marker 420 On Day 4/20

Day 22 (13.5 miles) Whistling Gap campsite to Uncle Johnny’s, Erwin, Tenn. Started out of camp around 7 a.m. and made it to the top of a nearby rocky summit...

Apr 20, 2018 : Dan Coy
Book One, Chapter One: The Same, Yet Totally Different

Book One, Chapter One: The Same, Yet Totally Different

Despite it being the same trail in 2018 as 2017, the first 110 miles ended up being totally different. Part of that was by design because I specifically took different...

Apr 20, 2018 : Smokebeard
Visions of Maine: 14 Incredible Photographs from the Appalachian Trail

Visions of Maine: 14 Incredible Photographs from the Appalachian Trail

“The tops of mountains are among the unfinished parts of the globe, whither it is a slight insult to the gods to climb and pry into their secrets, and try...

Apr 20, 2018 : Chris Bennett
Why My Alcohol Stove Didn’t Work on the PCT

Why My Alcohol Stove Didn’t Work on the PCT

When I started planning for my PCT hike in 2018 I really wanted to use a lot of the same gear I used for my AT thru-hike in 2017.  For...

Apr 20, 2018 : Chris Guynn
Perseverance, Community Overcome Trail Adversity

Perseverance, Community Overcome Trail Adversity

Hot Springs, N.C., to Damascus Va. April 8 to 19, days 26 to 37 Somehow it’s already day 37 of this journey and 12 days have passed since I’ve posted....

Apr 20, 2018 : Pete Bromen
Little Toe, Big Problem

Little Toe, Big Problem

My first two days on the trail were, let's call them, eventful. I've been an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast since spring break camping trips as a kid, so I...

Apr 19, 2018 : Rachel Poole