motivation

What’s Your Motivation?

What’s Your Motivation?

A thru-hikers first step should not be on the trail but in the head, determining his or her motivation for taking the journey. It is claimed that every story, even...

Apr 5, 2019 : Kevan Kerr
From One Classroom to Another – Education on the Trail

From One Classroom to Another – Education on the Trail

April 10 was the last day of classes at Mount Allison University in a small New Brunswick town called Sackville, my mind was in two places at once, I needed...

Apr 27, 2018 : Robert Gallant
Encountering Change:  Friend or Foe?

Encountering Change: Friend or Foe?

One thing the Appalachian Trail hasn't changed for me is my stubborn inability to grasp certain fundamental concepts. For instance-change management. The notion of perpetual control over

Apr 26, 2018 : Barb Abney
Hiking, Dancing, And Sunglasses – A Memorial To Joe

Hiking, Dancing, And Sunglasses – A Memorial To Joe

Last weekend I went to the funeral service for my friend Joe. I met Joe and his greyhound, Flyer, at a local lake more than 15 years ago when I...

Jan 21, 2018 : Barb Abney
Bugs Bunny Isn’t The Only One Who Needs A Carrot

Bugs Bunny Isn’t The Only One Who Needs A Carrot

Having people to visit, meals to be shared, places to stay, even a wedding to attend, became my metaphorical dangling carrot(s). Except unlike the horse/donkey/mule who never actually gets to...

Jun 3, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Fear as a Motivator

Fear as a Motivator

As hard as I try to clearly define my personal why, my reasons for thru-hiking continue to be ill defined and somewhat vaporous. I listen to others provide clear reasons why...

Jan 23, 2017 : Steve and Ivetta Severance
25 Quotes to Inspire Your Next Outdoor Adventure

25 Quotes to Inspire Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Get inspired, or get pumped about your next big hike!

Dec 20, 2016 : Stubbs
Meditations in Nature: Quotes to Inspire and to Live By

Meditations in Nature: Quotes to Inspire and to Live By

Some quotes to live by, to motivate, and to get your butt on the trail already!

Sep 13, 2016 : Stubbs
Why the AT?

Why the AT?

You've heard about the white blazes. You've seen the pictures of breathtaking views taken from mountaintops. You know about the rocks and the rain and the mice and the moose. Those...

Jan 24, 2016 : Gary Sizer
That Moment When…

That Moment When…

I had a very distinct metamorphosis moment recently. Before it happened, I was planning a NOBO thru-hike for 2016. I was a city girl who appreciated, enjoyed, maybe even loved...

Sep 21, 2015 : Victoria Ketteringham