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3 Topics Every Thru Hiker Can’t Stop Talking About

3 Topics Every Thru Hiker Can’t Stop Talking About

When you remove yourself from society and throw yourself in the wilderness for 6 months or so to attempt a thru hike, a lot goes out the window. This includes:...

May 10, 2017 : Stubbs
How to Prepare for Your Thru-Hike at the Office

How to Prepare for Your Thru-Hike at the Office

As you wait out the dreary winter, staring longingly at the start date marked on your calendar, sitting at a desk might feel like an extreme test of patience.  But don't despair -...

Feb 5, 2016 : Maggie Wallace
The Snorelax: A Harrowing Account of Shelter Life on the AT

The Snorelax: A Harrowing Account of Shelter Life on the AT

It was the middle of the night in the Fontana Hilton shelter and all were asleep until the snoring began. They were deep, resonant snores that rattled the whole shelter....

Nov 27, 2015 : Mary Beth Skylis
Anonymous Hiker Poop Stories [Part 1]

Anonymous Hiker Poop Stories [Part 1]

In the process of pitching this article idea to a friend, I found his response telling. "I've been on one backpacking trip in my life.  In just those five days, I...

Aug 26, 2015 : Zach
The 10 Hikers You Meet on the Appalachian Trail

The 10 Hikers You Meet on the Appalachian Trail

1.  The Squirrelly Old Man The squirrelly old woman is just as unstoppable as the Squirrelly old man, but will pass you while chain smoking Virginia Slims and wearing Rambo sunglasses. 3....

Apr 1, 2015 : Maggie Wallace
8 Questions You SHOULD Ask a Thru-Hiker

8 Questions You SHOULD Ask a Thru-Hiker

Every year, about 500 people complete the Appalachian Trail (source: Appalachian Trail Conservancy).  That’s smaller than the average US middle school (source: 7 questions you will have to answer

Dec 9, 2014 : Maggie Wallace
20 Emotions You Will Experience at the Beginning of Your Thru-Hike

20 Emotions You Will Experience at the Beginning of Your Thru-Hike

1) When your family drops you at the trailhead and questions your thru-hike one last time: 2) As soon as you begin to climb Amicalola Falls: 3) Reaching your first shelter: 4) Meeting...

Dec 1, 2014 : Bennett Travers
How to Hike As a Girl (and Still Be an Object)

How to Hike As a Girl (and Still Be an Object)

Female hikers today are taking endurance to a new level.  Unfortunately, old notions and misogynistic stereotypes are enduring as well.  In the changing world of long distance hiking, stories of...

Nov 14, 2014 : Maggie Wallace
The AT Metamorphosis: Becoming the Beast

The AT Metamorphosis: Becoming the Beast

During your Thru-Hike, you might notice some big changes.  Not since puberty sunk its teeth into your protesting flesh have you found yourself so changed in only half a year. ...

May 27, 2014 : Maggie Wallace