hiking the appalachian trail

How to Train for the Thru-Hiker Olympics

How to Train for the Thru-Hiker Olympics

Massachusetts is pretty, y'all! I'm taking a zero today in Great Barrington, MA. It's my first day off in about 600 miles. That's a lot of consecutive days of hiking...

Jul 27, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
The Joy of a Sunny Day (or Three)

The Joy of a Sunny Day (or Three)

If I ever questioned the ability of a sunny day to lift my mood, that doubt is gone -- because the rain finally stopped this week. The sun came out...

Jun 4, 2017 : Gail Barrett
How to be a Thru-Hiking Elitist 

How to be a Thru-Hiking Elitist 

When it comes to thru-hiking, it's absolutely imperative that everyone follows the rules (not guidelines) set by you. Here's a few tips to help you get started helping other hikers...

Jun 1, 2017 : Dylan Niknot
The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

The fates are conspiring against us. Or maybe I should say they're conspiring for us, because oddly enough, every time we decide we're fed up with this hike and decide to...

May 31, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Everything You Wanted to Know about Thru-Hiking and Weren’t Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know about Thru-Hiking and Weren’t Afraid to Ask

We've received a lot of questions about the logistics of thru-hiking while we've been on the trail. Unfortunately, because of limited cellphone service (or dead batteries), we haven't always been

May 20, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Hiking Amnesia: Impressions from a Mid-Trek Break

Hiking Amnesia: Impressions from a Mid-Trek Break

Thru-hiking is a lot like childbirth.  The minute it’s over you forget the pain, you forget the misery of scaling mountains with a heavy pack strapped to your back.  You...

May 17, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

I mentioned in my last post that on the  Appalachian Trail nothing seems to go as planned. Every week is full of surprises -- some funny, some wonderful, and some...

May 15, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Major Tom to Ground Control…

Major Tom to Ground Control…

If there's one thing I've learned from this hike so far, it's that I am not in control. I can't stop people from getting injured. I can't change the rugged...

May 9, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Snickers Bars to the Rescue – Trail Magic Does the Trick

Snickers Bars to the Rescue – Trail Magic Does the Trick

I've never cared for Snickers Bars. In fact, I doubt I've eaten more than a few of them in my entire life. But as odd as it may seem, some...

Apr 26, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Tying Up Loose Ends

Tying Up Loose Ends

Four, three, two, one...hike! I'm finally down to counting the days on one hand...FOUR.  MORE.  DAYS! I timed my start (April 26) to coincide with the new moon, an auspicious...

Apr 22, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano