Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos Portfolio I

Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos Portfolio I

Our recent call for thru- hike-inspired tattoos garnered an overwhelming response. So many that we'll be publishing two posts on AT tattoos and one for PCT tattoos, along with other...

Apr 18, 2019 : Tide Walker
Reattempting a Thru-Hike

Reattempting a Thru-Hike

In 2018 I started a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail. I walked 1,020 miles and then decided to stop. A year later, in 2019, I'm starting a thru-hike of...

Apr 18, 2019 : Bryan Walsh
From Tracks to Trails: Leaving the Railroad to Hike the PCT

From Tracks to Trails: Leaving the Railroad to Hike the PCT

First things first. Did you say railroad? Yup, that's right, the railroad. I took the job right after college, and over the past seven years I experienced life from the...

Apr 17, 2019 : Blaine Hoppenrath
Worry, Anxiety, and Fear: Mental Preparedness for a Thru-Hike

Worry, Anxiety, and Fear: Mental Preparedness for a Thru-Hike

With my flip-flop of the Appalachian Trail starting in just 35 days, I think it's about time I share with you my worries, anxieties, and fears. Sometimes I find that...

Apr 17, 2019 : Susan
40 Days, 40 Nights

40 Days, 40 Nights

Has it really been that long? As I post this, I’m still contemplating my next move. Only 75 miles through the Angeles National Forest and down to the Mojave Desert....

Apr 17, 2019 : Trail Pope SANTi I AKA Yuengling
My PCT Dreams and Why I’m No Longer Hiking

My PCT Dreams and Why I’m No Longer Hiking

I planned to start hiking the PCT on April 18 (my birthday), but now I can’t. PCT Dreams I’ve spent a lot of the last two years dreaming about the...

Apr 17, 2019 : Jenna Duesterhoeft & Michael Ivey
Surviving and Loving the First 500 Miles on the Appalachian Trail

Surviving and Loving the First 500 Miles on the Appalachian Trail

Starting Out  I started the Appalachian Trail (AT) on March 2 with my sister Laura and we have been on the trail now for over a month. We have currently...

Apr 17, 2019 : Jessie Robinson
A Love Affair with My Trekking Poles

A Love Affair with My Trekking Poles

I never imagined that I would be the type of hiker to use such a luxury item as trekking poles. I mean, c'mon, I'm a young, fit, and coordinated woman...

Apr 17, 2019 : Megan Wilmarth
Oh Virginia, You Have Continued to Maze Me!

Oh Virginia, You Have Continued to Maze Me!

Week eight, day 50-57 Day 50 started with the promise of legendary comfort food at Homeplace. AYCE, a hiker acronym for all you can eat, helped eased the early day...

Apr 17, 2019 : JC Van Etten
Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

We'll be the first ones to say it: with few exceptions, it's not really necessary to send mail drops on the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers have the option of hiking through...

Apr 17, 2019 : Maggie Slepian