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Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate: Survey Results

Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate: Survey Results

Ever since Zach Davis wrote Appalachian Trials and started the blog that became The Trek, our purpose has been to help long-distance backpackers reach their goals. In the past, our surveys have

Aug 23, 2017 : Mariposa
Medical: Scabies Reported Along Southern Virginia AT

Medical: Scabies Reported Along Southern Virginia AT

Pictured: Scabies on Upper Left Leg of Diagnosed Hiker  Update (6/3/2017 19:40:00): More reports are coming in of similar bug sites and rashes from up to five other thru-hikers and...

Jun 4, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Stoves, Food, Water, and Illness on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

Stoves, Food, Water, and Illness on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

More so than with backpacking gear, food and water plans are different for each trail, because they depend on road access, prevalence of nearby towns, and the landscape. For example,...

Jan 20, 2017 : Mariposa
I’m Hiking Because…

I’m Hiking Because…

I’m sure upon mentioning to friends and family about your decision to attempt a thru hike (or even a long distance section hike), or simply uttering that it’s something you’re...

Oct 4, 2016 : Stubbs
Avoiding “Spewmageddon”: How to Evade Norovirus on the AT

Avoiding “Spewmageddon”: How to Evade Norovirus on the AT

Every year the horror story begins around the NC/TN state line – Norovirus has hit and lots of hikers are sick. It can travel faster than a rumor on trail, blazing...

Jan 27, 2015 : Sprinkles
Deer Tick Virus May Be On Rise Near the Appalachian Trail

Deer Tick Virus May Be On Rise Near the Appalachian Trail

Ticks. In the outdoor community there are few creatures more feared or more despised than the tick. First of all they suck your blood to survive. Next consider that the...

Jun 5, 2014 : Kenny Howell