Backpacking

Steph’s AT Hike, Days 21-25: Near Fontana Dam to Bluff Mtn

Steph’s AT Hike, Days 21-25: Near Fontana Dam to Bluff Mtn

Day 21 Near Walker Gap to Fontana Village 5.2 miles Due to my big mileage the day before, today was a shorter hiking day for me. The AT in this...

May 11, 2019 : Steph D
Backpacking the Pemigewasset Loop 2019

Backpacking the Pemigewasset Loop 2019

Our gear for spring backpacking in Lincoln, NH. June 1-3, 2019 This hike is a 31.5 miles, like wicked hard, straight up, and the elevation gain is unreal. OK, sure,...

May 5, 2019 : Kayla Pedersen
Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Raising Awareness Triple Crown Style Some trail names demand a backstory, while others need no explanation. When you meet someone called Billy Goat or Legend, for instance, it's safe to...

Apr 30, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Steph’s AT Hike Days 14-20: Franklin, NC, to Fontana Dam

Steph’s AT Hike Days 14-20: Franklin, NC, to Fontana Dam

Days 14 and 15: Franklin, NC, 0.0 Miles After wildly rough weather the previous night, and in an attempt to help out my feet, I made the decision to take...

Apr 28, 2019 : Steph D
Steph’s AT Hike: Days Nine to 13

Steph’s AT Hike: Days Nine to 13

Day Nine: Unicoi Gap to Deep Gap Shelter, 13 Miles I got an early shuttle out of Hiawassee with three other hikers. We were dropped off at Unicoi Gap, where...

Apr 25, 2019 : Steph D
Steph’s AT Hike Days 5-8: From Woody Gap to Hiawassee, GA

Steph’s AT Hike Days 5-8: From Woody Gap to Hiawassee, GA

Day Five: Woody Gap to Neel Gap to Tesnatee Gap, 16.4 Miles I awoke early today in anticipation of going up Blood Mountain. I hired a friendly dude named Bret “Suches”...

Apr 19, 2019 : Steph D
Stories from the Trail: Second Chance Hiker

Stories from the Trail: Second Chance Hiker

Long-distance hiking is hard enough when you're a little overweight. Hard, but not impossible. After all, look at how many people use thru-hiking as a way to do just that....

Apr 18, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Steph’s AT Hike, Days Two to Four: Rain, Hail, Critters

Steph’s AT Hike, Days Two to Four: Rain, Hail, Critters

Day Two: Springer Mountain Shelter to Hawk Mountain Shelter, Eight Miles After the previous night’s storms, we woke up to a damp, misty morning at Springer Mountain Shelter. Breakfast was...

Apr 13, 2019 : Steph D
How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

Have you ever noticed that thru-hikers have an awful lot in common with zombies? Both are prone to shuffling glassy-eyed through the woods at strange hours. Both have large appetites

Apr 3, 2019 : Kelly Floro
The PCT Arrives Front and Center in This Hiker’s Life

The PCT Arrives Front and Center in This Hiker’s Life

I didn’t have a plan for life when I got done with the AT in 1977. Bad move on my part. The AT was as far as my planning ever...

Apr 1, 2019 : Beerman