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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 Tonkin
5 Ways to Inspire a New Generation of Stewards

5 Ways to Inspire a New Generation of Stewards

There has been a lot of attention given to the practice of Leave No Trace on the trail, and I think there is one aspect that has been overlooked: teaching...

Jun 24, 2015 : Jessie
Why Leave No Trace Matters

Why Leave No Trace Matters

I can’t believe there is anyone hiking the A.T. who hasn’t heard of “Leave No Trace”--probably the 2nd most overused phrase after “Hike Your Own Hike”. While we’re all likely...

Jun 17, 2015 : Cosmo
When HYOH Does NOT Apply [Part 2]

When HYOH Does NOT Apply [Part 2]

The phrase "hike your own hike" has come to be one of the most wide spread and commonly heard catchphrases midst hiker communities. It has also come to represent an...

Jan 9, 2015 : Kenny Howell
Protecting Katahdin: A guide to Baxter State Park rules

Protecting Katahdin: A guide to Baxter State Park rules

If you are reading this article, you probably know about the letter from Baxter State Park Authority to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  If not, go here. Some people have responded...

Jan 6, 2015 : Maggie Wallace