Appalachian trail preparation

One Last Shakedown in the Shenandoahs: Pre-hike Prep and Reflections

One Last Shakedown in the Shenandoahs: Pre-hike Prep and Reflections

This weekend I spent two days on the Appalachian Trail to test out some new gear. I had been out that way just two weeks ago and it was brutally...

Mar 18, 2021 : Kelly B.
Appalachian Trail Gear Shakedown for 2021 Thru-hike

Appalachian Trail Gear Shakedown for 2021 Thru-hike

I am counting the days to my departure date, which is now March 26. Therefore, I did a final gear shakedown for my 2021 Appalachian Trail thru-hike. I have all...

Mar 11, 2021 : Darlene M
My Time on the River To River Trail

My Time on the River To River Trail

I recently just finished my first thru-hike, the River To River (R2R) Trail in southern Illinois. The R2R is a 157 mile network of hiking trails, equestrian trails, and road...

Nov 2, 2020 : Caleb Bess
Train Insane or Fail the Trail: Appalachian Trail Preparation

Train Insane or Fail the Trail: Appalachian Trail Preparation

A basic guide from an Australian Physiotherapist on how to physically prepare for the ruling 2,200 miles trek along the Appalachian Trail.

Feb 26, 2020 : Jacob Payne
Stories From the Trail: Tough Girl Challenges with Sarah Williams

Stories From the Trail: Tough Girl Challenges with Sarah Williams

File this one under "Inspirational"! Sarah Williams is not only a veteran outdoor adventurer and world traveler, she has spent the past few years curating HUNDREDS of hours of conversation...

Jul 29, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Mighty Blue Goes Number Two on Stories From the Trail

Mighty Blue Goes Number Two on Stories From the Trail

Steve Adams, trail name Mighty Blue, is on the Appalachian Trail, again. Best known for his hiking memoirs Creaking Geezer, Hidden Flagon and Three Weddings and a Sabbatical, he also...

Jul 13, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Stories from the Trail Summer Movie Shakedown: A Walk In The Woods

Stories from the Trail Summer Movie Shakedown: A Walk In The Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is the book and/or movie that introduced so many of us to the Appalachian Trail, and it seems almost silly for us...

Jun 19, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Raising Awareness Triple Crown Style Some trail names demand a backstory, while others need no explanation. When you meet someone called Billy Goat or Legend, for instance, it's safe to...

Apr 30, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Stories From The Trail Two-fer: Blackalachian and Physical Training

Stories From The Trail Two-fer: Blackalachian and Physical Training

Blackalachian on The Underground Railroad Trail Most notable for calling attention to the absence of color on the Appalachian Trail, Daniel White (aka "The Blackalachian") followed up by cycling the

Jan 23, 2019 : Gary Sizer
What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

Class is in session! To help prep for your long-distance hike, we begin by addressing common new-hiker fears - what are you afraid of? To answer that, we present the first...

Jan 8, 2019 : Gary Sizer