motivation

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

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

Let's get two things straight from the start. First, I’m old(er) and realize this analogy might be completely lost on a large number of readers. Second, I'm not a fan...

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

Looking for “Either move or be moved.” ~ Ezra Pound, poet “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” ~ Jim...

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

Meditations in Nature: Quotes to Inspire and to Live By

I feel that sometimes in life, people need a little inspiration. Many find that through books and movies. Hell, I think just to name two, "A Walk in the Woods"...

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
a (not so) great day for a hike

a (not so) great day for a hike

"I don't want to." "What?" "I don't want to put that on my back. At all," I said, pointing at my pack sitting innocently in the corner of our cozy...

May 18, 2015 : tosh.a
What Surprised You? Wanting to Quit

What Surprised You? Wanting to Quit

"The trail is full of surprises." You'll hear that almost as often as "the trail provides." A common example which combines the two is good old trail magic. You see...

Mar 8, 2015 : Gary Sizer
Five Million Steps

Five Million Steps

Somewhere in the southern Appalachian mountains I stumbled across a shelter and sat down for lunch. I flipped open the shelter log and found that one of my fellow hikers had penned a...

Jan 30, 2015 : Ashli Baldwin
Getting your rows in a duck! short list of pre-trail reminders

Getting your rows in a duck! short list of pre-trail reminders

Start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable Its crunch time! Saving money and working overtime might be your life at the moment, but in months or weeks (depending on when you...

Jan 2, 2015 : Wolfgang