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5 Avoidable Mistakes Gas Monkey has Already Made

5 Avoidable Mistakes Gas Monkey has Already Made

Less than 100 days stand between me and the start of my thru-hike. One of the best ways I have prepared for this grand undertaking were the section hikes that I...

Dec 15, 2016 : Gas Monkey
In Her Shoes: Tackling Your Womanhood in the Wilderness Like a Boss!

In Her Shoes: Tackling Your Womanhood in the Wilderness Like a Boss!

If you're reading this, it's likely you have been born with the damnation that is menstruation and that you were not born with a penis between your legs. You likely know that...

Nov 22, 2016 : Stubbs
When Nature Calls: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Pooping in the Woods

When Nature Calls: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Pooping in the Woods

It’s not the most comfortable of topics to discuss, unless you’re like me and have no shame on the matter, but it is something we shall all do numerous times...

Nov 15, 2016 : Stubbs
Alphabet Soup: LNT and the AT

Alphabet Soup: LNT and the AT

In my post, Leave No Trace Principles on the Appalachian Trail. Last year, Joe Schmidt posted AWhy Leave No Trace Matters, a piece that includes some of the history of LNT. All...

Oct 13, 2016 : John Edward Harris
“Steady” on the State of Long Distance Hiking

“Steady” on the State of Long Distance Hiking

I first met “Steady” at Cable Gap Shelter, south of Fontana Dam as it delivers the Appalachian Trail (AT) into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. She was hiking (in...

Mar 24, 2016 : Joe Schmidt
Peeing: More Than A Feeling

Peeing: More Than A Feeling

Besides way too much airplay being afforded to the repetitive synthesized guitar riffs of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling,” few things peeve me more than spotting white puffs of toilet...

Jan 30, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Metropolitan Hiking

Metropolitan Hiking

Most folks do not live near wilderness areas. The economic dynamism of metropolitan cities and the logistics of millions upon millions and millions of people make wild areas the perfect...

Oct 8, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
Tito’s Throne: Notes on the Mahoosuc Notch and Hiker Morale

Tito’s Throne: Notes on the Mahoosuc Notch and Hiker Morale

This story begins down south along the Appalachian Trail somewhere in Virginia in the month of May. There I was enjoying my morning evacuation in a privy, muttering like a...

Aug 27, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
The Art of Yogi: It’s Not Begging

The Art of Yogi: It’s Not Begging

Hanna-Barbera's iconic cartoon character Yogi Bear lends his name to the verb “to yogi,” which is not an exact synonym for begging. Like Yogi Bear, long distance hikers develop a...

Aug 17, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
We CAN have nice things!  This is how.

We CAN have nice things! This is how.

In November of 2014 the Baxter State Park Authority penned a letter to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  Let's be honest, it may have been addressed to Wendy Jassen, but it was

Jun 30, 2015 : Dylan Niknot