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The Process of Postponing a Dream

The Process of Postponing a Dream

Unless you've been living under a rock or have the hiking style of Grandma Gatewood, you've no doubt noticed that many hikers are lamenting having to postpone their thru-hikes as...

Mar 21, 2020 : Zach Terpstra
Standing Bear to Hot Springs, NC – Coronavirus Update

Standing Bear to Hot Springs, NC – Coronavirus Update

Today will have some tough climbs and a more than the usual number of breaks. I leave Standing Bear and almost immediately begin a tough climb. During the ascent  I...

Mar 18, 2020 : James Aguilar
Time Will Come: Processing and Accepting “Failure”

Time Will Come: Processing and Accepting “Failure”

This article is for anyone who didn’t make it. Not to the final mile on Katahdin or Springer, but to mile zero to start such a sought-after journey.

Mar 9, 2020 : Lauren Planas
Franklin, North Carolina

Franklin, North Carolina

March 3: I walk through water for miles and hit Rock Gap around noon to pee. I finally have crappy cell service and try to call dad and fail. Don...

Mar 3, 2020 : James Aguilar
Dicks Creek Gap to Rock Creek Gap

Dicks Creek Gap to Rock Creek Gap

Prior to Dicks Creek Gap I spent the last hour in the hot tub with the ladies of UVA Wise lacrosse. They’re big time. Sunday, March 1:  Chives, Pitstop, and...

Mar 3, 2020 : James Aguilar
Neel Gap to Dicks Creek Gap – Trail Name Big Sky

Neel Gap to Dicks Creek Gap – Trail Name Big Sky

Packed  and ready to leave Blood Mountain Cabins  and Neel Gap at 8 a.m. I went to drop off my key and one of their cats (gray and white) led...

Feb 29, 2020 : James Aguilar
Adventure On: Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Setbacks on Trail

Adventure On: Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Setbacks on Trail

I’ve been on the grid, but unplugged for the past 2.5 months. In December, I had to step away from the Appalachian Trail and pause my thru-hike due to circumstances...

Feb 28, 2020 : Allison Olson
Days 6 and 7 – Blood Mountain to Neel Gap and Blood Mountain Cabins

Days 6 and 7 – Blood Mountain to Neel Gap and Blood Mountain Cabins

Day six began a little earlier again as I was excited to get to civilization. I get most of my gear packed before starting breakfast and coffee. Half portion of...

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar
Day 5 – Ram Rock Mountain to Blood Mountain

Day 5 – Ram Rock Mountain to Blood Mountain

Day five began a little earlier than the last. PB&J and coffee for breakfast, no privy so I wait and hope for the best and I found the best at...

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar
Day 4 – Hawk Mountain to Ram Rock Mountain

Day 4 – Hawk Mountain to Ram Rock Mountain

Day four. There is something sharp in the wall of Hawk Mountain Shelter that pokes up few holes in my down jacket. I will fix it when I get to...

Feb 25, 2020 : James Aguilar