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A Need for Change: My Decision to Walk

A Need for Change: My Decision to Walk

To appease my parents, I posed by the arch - fake smile, eyeliner, and brand-new REI clothes layered on, I carried much more weight than what was in my pack.

Jun 1, 2019 : Rachel Cheatham
Sunrise, Ice Cream, Swimming: Two Days on Trail

Sunrise, Ice Cream, Swimming: Two Days on Trail

Hiking the AT can be tough. Ya know, living out in the woods with minimal responsibilities and not much to do each day but walk. Thought I would share what...

Jul 21, 2018 : Christopher Keys
Just because you’ve left the trail doesn’t mean the trail has left you

Just because you’ve left the trail doesn’t mean the trail has left you

It's the time of year when many of us past thru hikers are coming upon our "trail-aversary."  Maybe it has already come and gone as mine has, maybe it's just...

Apr 12, 2017 : Bookie
The AT Experience

The AT Experience

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL LENGTH DOCUMENTARY In 2014 I was working at a hospital in Key West Florida witnessing people dying on a regular basis. It made me...

Feb 16, 2017 : Reptar
How to Lessen Your Chance of Death During the Final Summit

How to Lessen Your Chance of Death During the Final Summit

With October rapidly approaching, and the last of the NOBOS making their way to Baxter State Park (well… hopefully - I do recall a few stragglers last year), I feel personally...

Sep 27, 2016 : Christina
The Most Viable Types of Camp Shoes: Crocs, Flip Flops, and More

The Most Viable Types of Camp Shoes: Crocs, Flip Flops, and More

Few sensations are more liberating than removing a pair of boots at the end of a long hike. So what types of camp shoes work to air-out, and comfort your...

May 13, 2016 : Kyle O'Grady
Thru Hike Story Time

Thru Hike Story Time

Three brief stories of the experience of hiking for months on end, smelling terrible, getting angry from hunger and friends.

Apr 5, 2016 : Sara Douma
Listening

Listening

Orange light illuminated the green tarp of my tiny, Easton tent. My mom and I unpacked ourselves from the sardine position and situated ourselves for a toasty breakfast in bed....

Mar 24, 2016 : Captain Planet
The Advantages of Trekking Poles 101

The Advantages of Trekking Poles 101

Are you getting the most out of yourself while backpacking? Trekking poles provide important advantages to hikers, regardless of age, physique, or joint strength.

Mar 19, 2016 : Kyle O'Grady
Health and Body: 5 Rarely Discussed Realities of Thru-Hiking the AT

Health and Body: 5 Rarely Discussed Realities of Thru-Hiking the AT

Hiking is hard on the body. As a thru-hiker, you start this journey with the expectation of blisters, sore muscles, and fatigue. But are you aware of some of the other...

Mar 14, 2016 : Rachel Cheatham