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What Does It Take to Successfully Thru-Hike?

What Does It Take to Successfully Thru-Hike?

Salt Lake City, Jan. 21, 2019: What does it take to successfully thru-hike? From my perspective, there are three key factors that contribute to the completion of a thru-hike. The...

Jan 21, 2019 : Caroline "Earthcake"
The Continental Divide Trail – The PhD of the Thru-Hikes

The Continental Divide Trail – The PhD of the Thru-Hikes

Salt Lake City, Sunday Jan. 13: While working on a grant for my PhD dissertation, I thought about the saying of "The CDT - The PhD of the thru-hikes." In...

Jan 13, 2019 : Caroline "Earthcake"
The Initial PCT Decision: I Was On A Boat Once

The Initial PCT Decision: I Was On A Boat Once

Narrating about my life and what caused me to miss the dirt, sweat, and tears of trekking. I present the roundabout way I committed to thru-hiking the PCT   Part...

Jan 13, 2019 : KTrepp
What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

What’s Different about Hiking after 50?

Even though the people you meet on the trail represent a wide range of ages, thru-hiking after 50 puts you in the minority. In fact, the annual Appalachian Trail Pappy...

Jan 11, 2019 : Joellyn Sargent
Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Over 2,190 miles of coiled roots, sharp rocks, loose gravel, thick mud, slick leaves, snow past my knees, sheets of ice, wobbly wooden boards, river fords, and seemingly never-ending climbs...

Dec 20, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Epic Floods, Food, and Towns Through Pennsylvania

Epic Floods, Food, and Towns Through Pennsylvania

Rocksylvania, you're more like Rainsylvania. Pennsylvania had been looming in the future of this historic trail, having a reputation for being the most challenging state for many reasons. As

Aug 6, 2018 : Christopher Keys
To Err is Human. To Err Again Is… Slackpacking?

To Err is Human. To Err Again Is… Slackpacking?

When a hiker we met recently claimed she’d mastered the art of slackpacking, I inwardly scoffed. How hard can slackpacking be? You pack up some water and food, grab your...

May 31, 2018 : Gail Barrett
Who Dat Hiking?

Who Dat Hiking?

Who's crazy enough to do this? Some of you reading this probably are curious why someone would want to leave the comforts of regular life to go walk in the...

Apr 15, 2018 : Christopher Keys
Embracing My Crazy

Embracing My Crazy

To go or not to go… Since I made the decision to hike the A.T. my inner world has been quite the roller-coaster ride. I’ve been a royal flip-flopper of...

Mar 26, 2018 : Guest Post
Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Everyone has their own way of doing things on a thru-hike, whether it is how they attach their umbrella to their pack, when they take a break for dinner, or...

Mar 7, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell