Hiking

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 Giordano
The Barefoot Hiker Survives Franklin, the NOC, Fontana Dam

The Barefoot Hiker Survives Franklin, the NOC, Fontana Dam

Laundry and a Six-Pack of Franklin Brewery at Nantahala Outdoor Center Fontana Lake and Views from the Hilton were unparalleled. How could I not stay? Trail Angel Keeks at the...

Apr 18, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
The End and the Beginning

The End and the Beginning

It has been six months since I summited Katahdin, and over a year since I set out to thru hike the Appalachian Trail.  So here I am, six months off...

Apr 17, 2017 : Beth Harper
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 2

Leaving Franklin We got one last round of pancakes and bacon before checking out and heading to Haven's Budget Inn to get a shuttle back to the trail. Mr. Ron...

Apr 16, 2017 : Stubbs
Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Getting Trail Legs (and A Little Homesick) Before Getting on the Trail

Feeling ALL the feelings! In eleven days I'll finally be on the trail.  ELEVEN DAYS! I'm feeling all the feelings.  ALL the feelings--excitement, apprehension, dread, butterflies, joy.  It's all

Apr 16, 2017 : Deane Giordano
Just because you’ve left the trail doesn’t mean the trail has left you

Just because you’ve left the trail doesn’t mean the trail has left you

It's the time of year when many of us past thru hikers are coming upon our "trail-aversary."  Maybe it has already come and gone as mine has, maybe it's just...

Apr 12, 2017 : Bookie / Gator Tater
Week 1: The Fellowship and The Four Trials

Week 1: The Fellowship and The Four Trials

Preaching Rock Outlook with Planner, left, Nate at center, and me, Barefoot. What an incredible week as I enter Day 11. I had a fun week of 100 miles to...

Apr 12, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 1

The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 1

  The Approach Trail to Stover Creek After a foggy hike to Springer along the Approach Trail with my husband, Frisbee, and our friend, currently known as Panda who is...

Apr 7, 2017 : Stubbs
Deer Legs and Hiker Rage – a Recap of Week One

Deer Legs and Hiker Rage – a Recap of Week One

I knew that this hike would be painful.  I knew that I'd be exhausted, although I still vastly underestimated the difficulty of hauling a 27 lb. pack over the hills....

Apr 6, 2017 : Gail Barrett