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Hard Climbs and a Weary Hiker

Hard Climbs and a Weary Hiker

OK, so here's the deal. I've run smack into a wall, a gigantic Mount Washington-sized wall. In case you didn't know a wall that big hurts, like hurts ya deep...

Aug 3, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Every Kind of Cold

Every Kind of Cold

It’s hard to remember what I considered ‘cold’ before starting this hike. I remember regular cryotherapy sessions, cold plunges, and the occasional cold front that warranted checking porch steps

May 7, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
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 : Katie Doane
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 : Katie Doane
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