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The Eight Stages of Planning a Thru-Hike

The Eight Stages of Planning a Thru-Hike

“Hey, wanna hike the AT?” was a question I had a very quick answer for. It was right around seven months ago that a friend from high school asked me...

Mar 22, 2018 : Jenna Petersen
Georgia, You Went Beyond Our Hopes and Fears

Georgia, You Went Beyond Our Hopes and Fears

It’s been almost three weeks since Conner and I started our journey from Springer Mountain, and the amount of lessons learned, sights beheld, friendships formed, and memories made have been...

Mar 18, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Lessening My Expectations, Focusing on Enjoying the Hike

Lessening My Expectations, Focusing on Enjoying the Hike

I had a lot of expectations when I started my flip-flop hike last year. A thru-hike on the AT had been my dream since I was 17, and at 52...

Mar 12, 2018 : Elizabeth
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
Like Eating and Breathing, I Hike Because I Must

Like Eating and Breathing, I Hike Because I Must

One of the first questions city dwellers tend to ask about my plans to thru-hike the AT is why. The question is usually jammed at the beginning of what turns...

Feb 25, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Raider’s Gear Review And Other Stories

Raider’s Gear Review And Other Stories

My fellow hiker trash, welcome! What lies before you is all the hiking gear I used to finish my 2017 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I've included, sizes, weights and ...

Jan 14, 2018 : Raider
How I Thru-Hiked With A Golden Retriever

How I Thru-Hiked With A Golden Retriever

It all started with a contest. Make a video why you want to hike the Appalachian Trail. My idea was simple. I just wanted to go for a long walk...

Jan 14, 2018 : Raider
Happy Hiking New Year: 2018 is finally here!

Happy Hiking New Year: 2018 is finally here!

This is THE YEAR I’m awake before dawn on this first day of the new year, filled with anticipation and a slight sense of panic. This is the year I...

Jan 1, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
My AT Camera Gear: From “Fully Loaded” to “Bare Bones”

My AT Camera Gear: From “Fully Loaded” to “Bare Bones”

    There's no doubt that the gear hype among photographers is just as mesmerizing, bottomless, and situational as with backpacking gear. Whether you've taken the traditional or

Dec 31, 2017 : Kelsy Filler