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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
How My Thru-Hike Ended-Georgia

How My Thru-Hike Ended-Georgia

Georgia (Nov. 10 - Nov. 14) 78 miles, five days It was an extremely long five days in the 14th and final state. Crossing into Georgia immediately meant the finish line was near...

Dec 4, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
Happy Hiking In Tennessee and North Carolina

Happy Hiking In Tennessee and North Carolina

Tennessee/North Carolina (Oct. 21 to Nov. 10) 388 miles, 21 days  *The trail runs through this section in a complicated zig-zagging method between North Carolina and Tennessee as if only...

Nov 25, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
A Guide to Plus-Size Gear and Clothing for Backpacking

A Guide to Plus-Size Gear and Clothing for Backpacking

If you're anything like me (and the fact that you're reading this tells me you are), then you have had a hard time finding proper gear for backpacking and hiking. When...

Nov 21, 2018 : Ashley Manning
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about....

Nov 20, 2018 : Mariposa
Keeping Motivated in Tough Times – Southern Virginia

Keeping Motivated in Tough Times – Southern Virginia

Southern Virginia (Oct. 16 - Oct. 21) 86 miles, six days (Atkins to Damascus) Day 111: Mile 1,645 I left off the last post checking into the Atkins Comfort Inn....

Nov 18, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
Central Virginia – Fun and Cold, Not Cold Fun

Central Virginia – Fun and Cold, Not Cold Fun

Central Virginia (Oct. 4 - Oct. 16) 249 miles, 13 days (Glasgow to Atkins) Southern Virginia started out promising but made me question my sanity, and, more to the point,...

Nov 5, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
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 For...

Oct 25, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Going Back to the Trail, This Time Solo

Going Back to the Trail, This Time Solo

As I stare at this empty page and Trek dashboard I can’t help but think – So much has changed. In my head, I’m the same person that I’ve always...

Oct 17, 2018 : Alex Wnorowski
West Virginia and Other Things

West Virginia and Other Things

West Virginia (Sept. 13 - Sept. 21) Four miles, eight days I know what you may be thinking. It took you eight days to walk four miles, what are you...

Oct 17, 2018 : Jenni Thompson