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Do You Remember Your First Time?

Do You Remember Your First Time?

Do you remember your first time? Soon after Christmas 1977, four of us met up somewhere in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for a few days of winter backpacking on the...

Jun 8, 2017 : John Edward Harris
The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

The fates are conspiring against us. Or maybe I should say they're conspiring for us, because oddly enough, every time we decide we're fed up with this hike and decide to...

May 31, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Everything You Wanted to Know about Thru-Hiking and Weren’t Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know about Thru-Hiking and Weren’t Afraid to Ask

We've received a lot of questions about the logistics of thru-hiking while we've been on the trail. Unfortunately, because of limited cellphone service (or dead batteries), we haven't always been

May 20, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

I mentioned in my last post that on the  Appalachian Trail nothing seems to go as planned. Every week is full of surprises -- some funny, some wonderful, and some...

May 15, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Major Tom to Ground Control…

Major Tom to Ground Control…

If there's one thing I've learned from this hike so far, it's that I am not in control. I can't stop people from getting injured. I can't change the rugged...

May 9, 2017 : Gail Barrett
From Deli Hopping to the Agony Grind: A Wild Hike through New York

From Deli Hopping to the Agony Grind: A Wild Hike through New York

  I've got to hand it to New York. There is nothing mundane about hiking through this flamboyant state. Unconventional, sure. But boring? Not even a chance! Here are some...

May 6, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Wondering about Wonderland

Wondering about Wonderland

Greetings! It's been a while.... a long while. Maybe it's because I got rejected for a John Muir Trail permit everyday for 6 weeks straight last year. Maybe it's because...

May 1, 2017 : Jennifer Williams
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