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Wild Walking Through the Smokies and Beyond

Wild Walking Through the Smokies and Beyond

Hey, y'all! Long time, no blog. Busy out here, ya know, living this grueling life with all these responsibilities. Like walking, eating, sleeping, repeat. But much has occurred since then,...

May 11, 2018 : Christopher Keys
Parenting in the Woods: The Changing Parent/Child Dynamic During a Thru-Hike

Parenting in the Woods: The Changing Parent/Child Dynamic During a Thru-Hike

"How has the trail changed you?" This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions thru-hikers field during and after their hike. It will come as no surprise to...

May 9, 2018 : Scott
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Maine

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Maine

All good things come to an end... but it was never that good. **Note: the following remarks are not meant to reflect adversely on the AT, but on my experience...

May 4, 2018 : Kimberly "Ronin" Huber
Encountering Change:  Friend or Foe?

Encountering Change: Friend or Foe?

One thing the Appalachian Trail hasn't changed for me is my stubborn inability to grasp certain fundamental concepts. For instance-change management. The notion of perpetual control over

Apr 26, 2018 : Barb Abney
Rainy Days and Mondays

Rainy Days and Mondays

As I sit in the Wildwood Grill and Lounge waiting for my personal-size veggie pizza to come out so I can take it back to my room at the Fontana...

Apr 23, 2018 : Barb Abney
Kicking the Virginia Blues Back to the Deep South

Kicking the Virginia Blues Back to the Deep South

Crossing into Virginia meant three states were behind us, with the highest-mileage state under our boots. I was ecstatic. This was a bittersweet day, though, as not all spring days...

Apr 15, 2018 : Kathleen Krause
And We’re Off

And We’re Off

Well that was a wild ride. Pops and I just finished a 15.4-mile day, capping off a three-day, 38.8-mile journey. It was a lot. It may have been a bit...

Apr 3, 2018 : Christopher Keys
North Carolina: A Not-So-Warm Welcome

North Carolina: A Not-So-Warm Welcome

I walked around the curving bend that snuck over the side of a mountain to see my AT partner, Lindsey (trail name: Dorothy), waiting for me at the North Carolina...

Apr 2, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Ruck Review:  Getting Ready for a Long Distance Hike

Ruck Review: Getting Ready for a Long Distance Hike

When I was preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail last year, I was looking for any information that I could get. It was my first long distance hike and...

Mar 29, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell
The Summit Is not the End: Thoughts on Post-Trail Depression

The Summit Is not the End: Thoughts on Post-Trail Depression

Huddled, a sodden mass of wet bodies, we watched the rain come down in sheets.  We’d just covered 10-plus miles of trail dashing through puddles and downpour with a single...

Mar 22, 2018 : Bookie