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You May Start Solo, but You’ll Never Walk Alone

You May Start Solo, but You’ll Never Walk Alone

"You're going by yourself?" That was the question I got most frequently when I began telling people I was going to hike the Appalachian Trail. I had a multitude of...

Jul 15, 2018 : Christopher Keys
How to Be an Internet Hiker: Free Tips for Pajama Blazers

How to Be an Internet Hiker: Free Tips for Pajama Blazers

Step 1: Have some backpacking experience. That one time, when you were 12? And went with your scout group? That oughta do it. No need to actually know what things...

May 19, 2018 : Notebook
Pox & Puss Episode #66 – Trail Days 2016 Samsquatch

Pox & Puss Episode #66 – Trail Days 2016 Samsquatch

 This is a warts-and-all episode. People have been asking us to just release the 2016 Trail Days as-is…so here’s part one of six (or seven?) with minimal editing. Every...

Mar 13, 2018 : Pox & Puss Podcast
Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Everyone has their own way of doing things on a thru-hike, whether it is how they attach their umbrella to their pack, when they take a break for dinner, or...

Mar 7, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell
We Heard the Call, We Answered… Now What?

We Heard the Call, We Answered… Now What?

There is a particular day in every aspiring thru-hiker's life where we suddenly heard the call of the wild, or for me in particular, Katahdin's beautiful voice in my dreams....

Mar 5, 2018 : Ashley Hill
Stories From the Trail Episode 5: Getting Geared Up

Stories From the Trail Episode 5: Getting Geared Up

Another episode is out! In preparation for his first overnight hike, Daniel calls into the show from REI. If you've ever wanted to virtually help a new hiker select their...

Feb 25, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Making The Most Of Your Pre-Hike Hype

Making The Most Of Your Pre-Hike Hype

There's still time before we take the first of over four million steps it'll take to cover the Appalachian Trail, but mentally, Forum It's great to get whatever perspectives you can from...

Jan 20, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Tips And Tricks For Plus-Size Hikers

Tips And Tricks For Plus-Size Hikers

When you look through outdoor magazines, watch adventure movies, or even go into most outdoor stores, you typically don't see plus-size representation. I was told recently, "There is a reason...

Jan 16, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Raider’s Closet: Women’s SOBO Hiking Clothing

Raider’s Closet: Women’s SOBO Hiking Clothing

There was a dark time before the trail. The glow of a little screen late into the night. An iPhone placed on a table, only to be quickly snatched back...

Jan 14, 2018 : Katie Doane
Raider’s Fanny Pack : Toiletries And More

Raider’s Fanny Pack : Toiletries And More

Wallet AWOL Guidebook pages w/ pencil Chic-A-Fil sauce (better than money on the trail) Eye drops Hand sanitizer Lighter Hometown pride stickers Lucky dime acquired in Manchester

Jan 14, 2018 : Katie Doane