Appalachian Trail Blog

Wild Walking Through the Smokies and Beyond

Wild Walking Through the Smokies and Beyond

Hey, y'all! Long time, no blog. Busy out here, ya know, living this grueling life with all these responsibilities. Like walking, eating, sleeping, repeat. But much has occurred since then,...

May 11, 2018 : Christopher Keys
Who Dat Hiking?

Who Dat Hiking?

Who's crazy enough to do this? Some of you reading this probably are curious why someone would want to leave the comforts of regular life to go walk in the...

Apr 15, 2018 : Christopher Keys
The Sum of My Life On My Back

The Sum of My Life On My Back

A few years back, after one of my backpacking trips out west with the bro and pops, I went to the local REI to check out some gear. While I...

Mar 20, 2018 : Christopher Keys
Want to Get Over a Breakup? Plan a Thru-Hike

Want to Get Over a Breakup? Plan a Thru-Hike

As my Appalachian Trail thru-hike approaches one of the most common questions I am asked is, why are you doing this? I’ve brainstormed several captivating responses to this question, but...

Mar 2, 2018 : Emmy
We’re Georgia Bound

We’re Georgia Bound

Today’s the day. Sitting at 28,000 feet, looking back and forth between the sunrise over the landscape below and my other half sleeping on his stuff sack beside me. We’re...

Feb 28, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
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 : Raider
What’s a “Kelsy”? Why Katahdin?

What’s a “Kelsy”? Why Katahdin?

Hey folks! My name's Kelsy, and I'm about to start my wildest adventure yet.       Until now, Photography has been my primary form of expression. Although a picture is...

Nov 20, 2017 : Kelsy Filler
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