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How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

Despite the prevalence of the HYOH mantra, there is still a lot of pressure on-trail to do a "true thru." Being short means that you have different concerns when thru-hiking...

Jul 31, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Facing the Fear

Facing the Fear

Wants turn to fears My first solo backpacking trip is almost here, and the excitement has turned into fear. Things that I knew were possibilities have turned into probabilities, and...

Mar 29, 2018 : Matt
Vlog – The Whites

Vlog – The Whites

You're a Thru Hiker. You've climbed countless mountains. You've faced blizzards in Georgia, massive thunderstorms in the Smokies, heat that makes you feel like your eyes will melt down your...

Sep 18, 2017 : Rhys Hora
The Barefoot Hiker Survives Franklin, the NOC, Fontana Dam

The Barefoot Hiker Survives Franklin, the NOC, Fontana Dam

Laundry and a Six-Pack of Franklin Brewery at Nantahala Outdoor Center Backpacks lined up outside the River's End restaurant at the NOC It's been a very busy hiking week for...

Apr 18, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
The One Short Story Every Thru-Hiker Should Read

The One Short Story Every Thru-Hiker Should Read

More than a little ink has been spilled in praise of the outdoors over the years. For millennia, people have tried to capture the relationship between the human spirit and...

Feb 20, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

I have long since lost track of the day of the week, and the great events that must be taking place in the world we left behind are as illusory...

Mar 21, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Acorns are Falling on my Head

Acorns are Falling on my Head

Bard the Changeling experiences sickness through a ten-day assault of rain leading him to the cover of hostels.

Oct 13, 2015 : C.M. Pagels
10 Fantastic Hiker Traditions on the Appalachian Trail

10 Fantastic Hiker Traditions on the Appalachian Trail

We humans are pretty ritualistic creatures. We crave routine and seek out the familiar. When we start to pass these behaviors down through enough generations, we start calling them traditions....

May 12, 2014 : Kenny Howell