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Stories From The Trail Two-fer: Blackalachian and Physical Training

Stories From The Trail Two-fer: Blackalachian and Physical Training

Blackalachian on The Underground Railroad Trail Most notable for calling attention to the Discord for one of our Join our community AND support the show! Blackalachian on Instagram Reptar

Jan 23, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Knocking Knees: The ACL Rupturing Kind

Knocking Knees: The ACL Rupturing Kind

Some thoughts on knee problems, recovery, and trekking from a girl with three ACL surgeries. Over the last few years, I've heard some whisperings and thoughts from people who suffer...

Jan 16, 2019 : KTrepp
What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

What Are You Afraid Of? Stories From The Trail Long-Distance Prep School

Class is in session! To help prep for your long-distance hike, we begin by addressing common new-hiker fears - what are you afraid of? To answer that, we present the first...

Jan 8, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Stories From The Trail Ep. 17 – O Dog Rollin’ with O’Ree Crittenden

Stories From The Trail Ep. 17 – O Dog Rollin’ with O’Ree Crittenden

In 2016 O'Ree Crittenden set out to hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. This would be enough of a challenge for any of us, but O'Ree attempted this...

Sep 16, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Hiker Hobble and a Double Zero

Hiker Hobble and a Double Zero

On Tuesday, I hobbled the last 16 miles to the highway 26 road crossing.   Full of relief and joy, I stuck my thumb out and was passed only by...

Aug 9, 2018 : Brian Cornell
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