30 Day Countdown to the Appalachian Trail

30 Day Countdown to the Appalachian Trail

When I first decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail over a year ago, it seemed like an eternity away. At the time that was a good thing. I needed to...

Jan 8, 2021 : Nadia Fenay
Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Meet my stepmom, Nora. She’s loved hiking all her life and has dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail since she was in her 20s. Now at the age of 60...

Jan 8, 2021 : Jen Datka
The Five Most Common Questions I’ve Been Asked About Thru-Hiking the AT

The Five Most Common Questions I’ve Been Asked About Thru-Hiking the AT

  Are you going alone? After taking into account that this question usually (not always) stems more from safety concerns because I am a female than it does out of...

Jan 7, 2021 : Sydney
In the darkness remember the light

In the darkness remember the light

The darkness is only a passing thing On December 18 I hiked the Kisil Point Trail in Letchworth State Park on a glorious day with lots of sunshine and lots...

Jan 7, 2021 : pearwood
Backpacker Radio 92 | Andrew Skurka Returns

Backpacker Radio 92 | Andrew Skurka Returns

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are once again joined by Andrew Skurka- and as you might’ve already guessed, it does not disappoint.  We touch...

Jan 7, 2021 : Elise Ott
How I Saved Hundreds on My AT Thru-Hike Gear List

How I Saved Hundreds on My AT Thru-Hike Gear List

As a brand new blogger for The Trek, I was so excited to use the gear list feature. I know I've spent many hours this past year diving into any...

Jan 7, 2021 : Nadia Fenay
Why I’m Hammock Camping On The Appalachian Trail

Why I’m Hammock Camping On The Appalachian Trail

This post details why I chose to go with a hammock over a tent and will address some of the drawbacks of my choice. If you're interested in using a...

Jan 7, 2021 : Wes Laudeman
Our New Year’s Approach

Our New Year’s Approach

An End and The BeginningWe could have chosen any number of places to visit in celebration of the new year but we settled on one...  the AT Approach Trail! Over...

Jan 6, 2021 : Chicken & Dumplin
65 Days and  a Wake Up

65 Days and a Wake Up

Life is about to change quickly and drastically.

Jan 6, 2021 : Chris Armstrong
The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Motives and Logistics

The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Motives and Logistics

Long overlooked in our annual surveys, Appalachian Trail (AT) section hikers were the focus of this year's survey. We surveyed 448 people, 34 of whom had completed the entire AT...

Jan 6, 2021 : Mariposa