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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
The GOOD(news), the SORE(bod) & the GNARLY(details) of THRU-HIKE TRAINING

The GOOD(news), the SORE(bod) & the GNARLY(details) of THRU-HIKE TRAINING

Ever since we, my daughter Alexa and I, decided to SOBO thru-hike beginning in June, strength training has been THE hot topic: charts, schedules, fully loaded hikes, gym workouts, me...

Feb 18, 2017 : Kate Stillwell
Truck Bed Diaries: 6 Tips for Successful Hitching

Truck Bed Diaries: 6 Tips for Successful Hitching

When I first started doing research, reading about the trail and talking to experienced hikers about the trail, the subject of hitchhiking seemed to come up a lot. And I...

Feb 12, 2017 : The Stones
The PULL is Real!

The PULL is Real!

Life is full of things that are a priority.   We all have stuff that pulls us in one direction or another.  I mean really pulls on us like the earth's gravity.  It's not something that...

Feb 7, 2017 : Larry
McDonalds forgets Hikers Coke: Hiker almost dies

McDonalds forgets Hikers Coke: Hiker almost dies

It was like any other day, Pumpkin, Littlefoot and I woke up around 4 a.m. to get a head start on the day. We were in the Shenandoah's, and many...

Feb 7, 2017 : Clayton Barker
In Praise of Junk Food

In Praise of Junk Food

I’ve never been known for moderation.  When something interests me, I tend to go off the deep end, flinging myself totally into the task.  So it’s only natural that given...

Feb 3, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Coming Full Circle: The Beginning of an End

Coming Full Circle: The Beginning of an End

"A man who pushes his boundaries ultimately finds them." - Point Break, 2015 January is over. I wish I could say that there was still gear left for us to...

Jan 29, 2017 : Alex and Amanda