Appalachian Trials

Preparing for My Journey on the Appalachian Trail: Part I

Preparing for My Journey on the Appalachian Trail: Part I

Soon to be thru-hiker Steph Dawson introduces herself and discusses her upcoming hike, gear tests, and lightening up her pack load.

Mar 31, 2019 : Steph D
The End of My Walk Has Been Hard to Sum Up

The End of My Walk Has Been Hard to Sum Up

Hey all, It has been a long time since my last post. Good thing this isn't my job, cause I would have missed a few deadlines. I had a feeling...

Mar 7, 2019 : Christopher Keys
Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Over 2,190 miles of coiled roots, sharp rocks, loose gravel, thick mud, slick leaves, snow past my knees, sheets of ice, wobbly wooden boards, river fords, and seemingly never-ending climbs...

Dec 20, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List: My Life in 36L

Post-Appalachian Trail Gear List: My Life in 36L

2,190.9 miles, six months, nine pounds, 36 liters, and now we're here. You guys know that I had a blast falling into the gear vortex and putting together my original...

Oct 25, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
To Katahdin… and Beyond! We Did It

To Katahdin… and Beyond! We Did It

On Sept. 16, 2018, we summited Mount Katahdin and concluded the most surreal, beautiful, and challenging experience of our lives. The last day felt like a dream. The five-mile stretch...

Oct 15, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Epic Floods, Food, and Towns Through Pennsylvania

Epic Floods, Food, and Towns Through Pennsylvania

Rocksylvania, you're more like Rainsylvania. Pennsylvania had been looming in the future of this historic trail, having a reputation for being the most challenging state for many reasons. As

Aug 6, 2018 : Christopher Keys
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
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
Happy 50th to the AT, PCT, and National Trails System Act

Happy 50th to the AT, PCT, and National Trails System Act

Who wants some birthday cake? (If you’re currently hiking a trail, that’s a definite yes). This year, 2018, is the 50th birthday of the National Trails System Act and the 50th...

May 13, 2018 : Laura Johnston
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