Bears

The Shenandoah

The Shenandoah

  Into the Park Sarah and Scott made Waffles the next morning!  Then after a slow start (I didn't want to leave!) they drove me back to the trail where...

Jun 26, 2016 : Hillary
Smokies Secrets: Revealed!

Smokies Secrets: Revealed!

Some life experiences contain in them so much superlative that it’s hard to convey to others what they were like. We resort to hyperbole, or we simply shake our heads...

May 15, 2016 : Notebook
5 Easy Tips to See More Wildlife On Your Thru Hike

5 Easy Tips to See More Wildlife On Your Thru Hike

You want to see wildlife on your hike, right? Here are 5 ways to increase your odds of a memorable wildlife encounter.

Oct 29, 2015 : Carla Robertson
Things That Go Bump In The Night

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Over the years, I’ve been mauled by bears—exactly never, although I have seen bears on different outings. And to the best of my knowledge, I’ve never crossed paths with psycho...

Sep 20, 2015 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Seven Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guns and Bears

Seven Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guns and Bears

Weeks ago I had suggested to some hiker friends that I might write a blog weighing in on discussions from social media regarding the Scott Jurek controversy. But today I'm...

Sep 10, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
The Appalachian Q&A with Tom and Shannon

The Appalachian Q&A with Tom and Shannon

I just ran out of deodorant and I have have 4 days before leaving for Baxter State park to start my southbound hike. My mind has been a mess of...

Jul 16, 2015 : Thomas Vernali
Coco and Magnus — Days 108 through 111 — New Jersey, Bears, and Bullfrogs

Coco and Magnus — Days 108 through 111 — New Jersey, Bears, and Bullfrogs

6/23 Tuesday -- Day 108 The quintessential day on the AT. It couldn't have been planned better. We exited the strange lodging known as Pocono Inn and made our way...

Jul 5, 2015 : Courtney
Let Me Tell You About The Bears And The Bees

Let Me Tell You About The Bears And The Bees

Sometimes, I wish that when I started my thru-hike, I had known nothing about the trail. The hikers that have never stepped foot on the trail seemed to always have...

Jun 11, 2015 : Jennifer Williams
The Five – No, Six – Questions This (Hopeful) Thru Hiker is Already Tired of Hearing

The Five – No, Six – Questions This (Hopeful) Thru Hiker is Already Tired of Hearing

I have already heard these questions 100 times or more. It's easy to forget that while I have been "all AT, all the time" for the past year or more,...

Dec 31, 2014 : Kate Spillane Balano
Enota to Virginia – A Quarter Complete

Enota to Virginia – A Quarter Complete

Even though each step up every mountain between Hiawassee, GA, and Marion, VA felt like it took forever, in retrospect it all happened so fast. I wish I could continue...

May 28, 2014 : Kayla Carter