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Preparing for My Journey on the Appalachian Trail: Part I

Preparing for My Journey on the Appalachian Trail: Part I

Soon to be thru-hiker Steph Dawson introduces herself and discusses her upcoming hike, gear tests, and lightening up her pack load.

Mar 31, 2019 : Steph D
A Different Kind of Gear List (My Dog’s)

A Different Kind of Gear List (My Dog’s)

A question I receive quit a bit and have tried to answer over time via Instagram is, “What’s in Winnie’s pack?” I always answer this question tongue in cheek because...

Jan 12, 2019 : Christopher Johnson
To Shakedown or Not to Shakedown?

To Shakedown or Not to Shakedown?

That is the question. After a few thousand miles and numerous end-to-end thru hikes, you’d think the words “shakedown” wouldn’t be something I would use to describe an extended backpacking...

Dec 4, 2018 : Christopher Johnson
19 Days of Intermission Featuring Florence

19 Days of Intermission Featuring Florence

On the list of displaced people from Florence, it is unlikely that Appalachian Trail thru-hiker might pop up. Yet, we are here. The trail, our home, is closed. We are...

Sep 16, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
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
Between Two Worlds: A Week off the AT

Between Two Worlds: A Week off the AT

Sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting to board a flight bound for Portland, ME, a wave of calm covers my usual preflight jitters. I've been off the trail for five...

Jul 2, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Hiker Stink, and My Almost Trail Name

Hiker Stink, and My Almost Trail Name

I rang in one month of hiking with a day at the beach. Specifically, Coney Island. It’s just 56 miles from the trail, as the crow flies, according to my...

Jun 28, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
The First 100 Miles: Hiking My Own Hike

The First 100 Miles: Hiking My Own Hike

I have walked 138 miles. That's six percent of the Appalachian Trail if you're doing the math. It's just fine if you're not. I'm trying not to. When I started...

Jun 6, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
Transitioning to the AT, and Why I’m Walking

Transitioning to the AT, and Why I’m Walking

I spent the day crying. That is, I spent the day crying while packing my apartment, crying while hugging my friends and boyfriend goodbye, crying while eating my Caprese sandwich...

May 24, 2018 : Clara Hatcher
Farewell, For Now

Farewell, For Now

I am writing this during a four hour long Greyhound layover in New York City...too far from the trail for my taste. The sky has a sickly yellow glow, piles...

Aug 7, 2017 : Ashley Hill