Flip Flopping

A day on the Appalachian Trail

A day on the Appalachian Trail

The best mornings are when I wake up in my tent after a night without my rain fly. I can see birds fly in the canopied trees above my sleeping...

Jul 30, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
Above and Below The Mason-Dixon Line

Above and Below The Mason-Dixon Line

After now hiking 1800 miles in total, I've noticed a few differences between starting almost midway versus starting at the southern terminus in Georgia.

Jun 16, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
What It Feels Like to Finish a Thru-Hike

What It Feels Like to Finish a Thru-Hike

The final days leading up to finishing a through-hike and returning to civilization are a confusing mix of anticipation, terror, pride, sadness and relief. Here is what you might experience...

May 24, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
My Scariest Moment on the Appalachian Trail

My Scariest Moment on the Appalachian Trail

A harrowing tale of getting caught alone in a midnight thunderstorm while camping on the exposed summit of Cheoah Bald, just south of the Smokies.

Apr 25, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
Unconventional Wisdom:  Is a Flip-Flop Hike Right For You?

Unconventional Wisdom: Is a Flip-Flop Hike Right For You?

Unconventional Is My Middle Name For a long time, I’ve been convinced that the only way to hike the AT is to start on Springer Mountain and end on Katahdin.  I...

Jan 1, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
200 Miles: Hair. Hostels. Fellow Flip Floppers.

200 Miles: Hair. Hostels. Fellow Flip Floppers.

Either my hair stylist (and I use that job title in the loosest possible sense when it comes to my coif) cut my hair in such a way that my...

May 7, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Bronchitis. Bear. Shenandoah Burning: The First Flipping 100 Miles

Bronchitis. Bear. Shenandoah Burning: The First Flipping 100 Miles

A flip flop beginning at this point, at this time, has given me a time to hang out a little longer with my husband, get my trail legs and enjoy...

May 1, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Alternative Thru-Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Alternative Thru-Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Tired of rush hour traffic? Tired of standing in line for everything. Did Black Friday crowds get you down? Planning an escape to the Appalachian Trail to get away from...

Jan 2, 2016 : Guest Post
10 Reasons You’ll Love a Flip Flop Thru Hike

10 Reasons You’ll Love a Flip Flop Thru Hike

Flip-flopping was an amazing strategy for my Appalachian Trail hike. Here's why it's a great option.

Sep 24, 2015 : Carla Robertson
Flipping Out About Flip Flopping: Part 2

Flipping Out About Flip Flopping: Part 2

According to the ATC website’s 2,000 Miler Report , 70 of the 122 reported thru-hikes originating from Harper’s Ferry in 2014, were completed. That is an out-of-the-gate success rate of...

Aug 31, 2015 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen