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Back on the Trail

Back on the Trail

  Back to the Trail... the Hard Way I'm official!  Turns out the ATC office in Harpers Ferry is even open on Easter Sunday.  It took an almost herculean effort...

Apr 24, 2017 : George Turner (Old Growth)
Completely Normal Last Minute Preparations Prior To A Thru-Hike…Right?

Completely Normal Last Minute Preparations Prior To A Thru-Hike…Right?

I am writing this late at night on my laptop from my parents' Appalachian farm. My black lab snoozes at my feet and I can hear owls hooting in the...

Apr 20, 2017 : Ashley Hill
How Low Can We Go? A Not-So-Fun-Week on the AT

How Low Can We Go? A Not-So-Fun-Week on the AT

If you're hoping for an upbeat post about thru-hiking, this isn't it. This is an honest assessment of the rather brutal week we've had. Here's why our trek through the...

Apr 20, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Walking the Walk: Understanding What it Takes

Walking the Walk: Understanding What it Takes

Hey friends! So we know that we are long overdue for a post and have been going back and forth on what our next post should be. Being 427 miles...

Apr 9, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 is an ultralight 3-person nylon and polyester mesh tent body with an ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating fly and...

Mar 31, 2017 : Danielle
Why I Hike for Mental Health: Hiking Miles For Smiles

Why I Hike for Mental Health: Hiking Miles For Smiles

How It All Started In 2016, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trial with my childhood friend Sunshine, fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and raising awareness to

Mar 31, 2017 : Danielle
What’s In a Name? (Part 2) How They Earned Their Trail Names

What’s In a Name? (Part 2) How They Earned Their Trail Names

  Hi, everyone. Due to the outpouring of new stories and feedback from the community, I have gone ahead and included as many more fun and interesting trail name stories in...

Mar 23, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
What’s in a Name? How They Earned Their Trail Names

What’s in a Name? How They Earned Their Trail Names

Many hikers earn unique trail names while hiking. These can be funny names; Bear for having a loud snore or hearty appetite. Others stick when a person does something quirky or...

Mar 20, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
And On the Third Day, She Rose The Wrong Way

And On the Third Day, She Rose The Wrong Way

Mar 17, 2017 : Elizabeth Connolly
A Letter to the Class of 2017

A Letter to the Class of 2017

Dear 2017 AT Thru Hiker,   Congratulations on making it this far. You have planned, prepared, saved and dreamed for a very long time. Now it's time to set off....

Mar 13, 2017 : The Stones