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Trailcation in Durango: A Mental and Physical Reset

Trailcation in Durango: A Mental and Physical Reset

After seven zeroes in the lovely, nearly engulfed in smoke, town of Durango I am ready to get back out on that dirt path.  While my shin does not feel...

Jun 13, 2018 : Brian Cornell
A Place Called Convalescence

A Place Called Convalescence

It's not on trail or in town, it's a place called convalescence, and it's a strange and somewhat difficult place to be. It's that place you have to go when...

May 7, 2018 : Annette 'The Rainbow'
Being a Hiker with Chronic Injuries

Being a Hiker with Chronic Injuries

Living with Pain and Not Giving Up We put our faith in our doctor's ability to fix us when we are hurt, but what happens when they can't fix you?...

Nov 10, 2017 : Socked In
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
Timing Quitting Failing … Winning?

Timing Quitting Failing … Winning?

A few days before I was set to run the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011, my cousin, Ken, flew out to D.C from Chicago to join me for the race....

Sep 27, 2016 : Notebook
Doctor Appointment…NEW Info

Doctor Appointment…NEW Info

I'm crushed.  After an initial call from the Doctor, I wasn't supposed to have surgery...now I have a few surgeries planned over the next few months. To make a long...

Jul 25, 2016 : Up-n-Ready

Climbing up  After a giant pancake breakfast my parents and I began hiking out of Hot Springs. My dad offered to carry my pack so I was "slack packing".  It...

Apr 30, 2016 : Hillary
How You Should Really Handle Injuries and Illness on Trail

How You Should Really Handle Injuries and Illness on Trail

Today I want to take some time to run through some scenarios, and discuss what hikers really should do when dealing with injuries or illness while out on a trail....

Jul 6, 2015 : Raven
What Blazes do we Follow Now?

What Blazes do we Follow Now?

I haven't posted a trail update here in over 400 miles, but we did keep hiking! Heck, I'm 400 miles behind on our personal blog too, but whatever. The point...

Jun 12, 2015 : Jen Magnuson