Appalachian Trail Blog

Creedence and Clearwater’s Before & After Gear

Creedence and Clearwater’s Before & After Gear

As aspiring thru hikers, it can be daunting, even intimidating, to think about the gear needed to walk 2,190 miles. We are here to say, stop stressing because you can...

Nov 6, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
From Hating the Outdoors to Hiking the Appalachian Trail

From Hating the Outdoors to Hiking the Appalachian Trail

An Uninspiring Start I was a typical, introverted, nerdy teen. The type of teen whose parents joked about them being a vampire. My Vitamin D levels were so low that...

Oct 30, 2017 : Katie Potvin
Gear Review: North Face Triarch 3

Gear Review: North Face Triarch 3

Outdoor Gear Lab has a great article on some of the mainstream backpacking tents. There are also companies such as Hyperlite who make them to order according to custom specifications...

Oct 22, 2017 : Alex and Amanda
Gear List for the AT

Gear List for the AT

WTF do I need? All the gear, no idea.  It turns out that planning a major expedition is not as easy as it seems when you can't physically touch or...

Sep 13, 2017 : Spuggy
Cruel Tricks: Dealing with Injuries & Depression

Cruel Tricks: Dealing with Injuries & Depression

First off, let me say hello again to anyone who has been following along, as well as the folks who are reading my blog for the first time! It's been a long while since...

Aug 21, 2017 : Amber Redfield
How to Train for the Thru-Hiker Olympics

How to Train for the Thru-Hiker Olympics

Massachusetts is pretty, y'all! I'm taking a zero today in Great Barrington, MA. It's my first day off in about 600 miles. That's a lot of consecutive days of hiking...

Jul 27, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

Day 21….Ending the Day Early Because I Can

I might be getting my trail legs. Today I hiked almost 14 miles and had my camp set up by 3pm. Up until today, a 14 mile day meant dragging...

May 16, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
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
The Next Few Days…Falling into the Deliverance Trap

The Next Few Days…Falling into the Deliverance Trap

Time is doing weird things out here. One thing I've noticed out here on the trail is that time both flies and stands still at the same time.  I'm zeroing...

May 8, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
The Barefoot Hiker Begins His AT Thru-Hike

The Barefoot Hiker Begins His AT Thru-Hike

Hi, folks. It's the Barefoot Hiker. I wanted to update folks on the craziness of this last week. I am finally on the trail.     Getting Started On March...

Apr 5, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk