planning

Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Giggles’ Gear Modifications and Tips for a Thru-Hike That Starts Tomorrow or Is Still in Your Dreams

Everyone has their own way of doing things on a thru-hike, whether it is how they attach their umbrella to their pack, when they take a break for dinner, or...

Mar 7, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell
Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

It’s easy to think that getting the right gear is the key to a successful thru-hike. Building the ideal kit for your hiking style certainly does make your hike more...

Feb 6, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Important Jobs Skills Gained While Planning a Thru-Hike

Important Jobs Skills Gained While Planning a Thru-Hike

Planning a multi-month backpacking trip is no joke. If you’re about to embark on a thru-hike, you know how much work it actually takes. Not surprisingly, it also develops some...

Apr 11, 2017 : Annette 'The Rainbow'
My ‘why:’ I am hiking this trail & not quitting

My ‘why:’ I am hiking this trail & not quitting

Let's emotionally and mentally prepare for this hike! Here are my lists as to why I am hiking the Appalachian Trail and why I am not going to give up...

Oct 27, 2016 : Alli Huggins
Counting Calories Part I

Counting Calories Part I

Beginning down the rabbit hole of long-distance trail nutrition. I am looking to the leaders in our trails and asking the questions for better calorie intakes and better nutrition. There...

Aug 8, 2016 : Kmeg
Trail Grub

Trail Grub

Hiker hunger is legendary. After all, eating is one of the primary pleasures and legitimate needs of a person taking a 2,200-mile walk. As a rule, you can expect to...

Mar 11, 2016 : Notebook
“You’ll Find All Your Edges”

“You’ll Find All Your Edges”

It’s safe to say that people who embark on absurd undertakings are looking for a meaningful experience beyond the surface-level features of it. Of course you have to love the...

Mar 3, 2016 : Notebook
T-minus 100

T-minus 100

I am now less than 100 days away from putting my "normal" life on hold for six months. And by normal, I mean having more than one pair of skivvies...

Jan 9, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
6 Gear Mistakes to Avoid While Planning a Long Hike

6 Gear Mistakes to Avoid While Planning a Long Hike

Until you're there, you can only fantasize about what a long-distance hike will be like—including how your gear works out. While prepping for my 2015 thru hike, I was certain that...

Nov 18, 2015 : Wander
3 Ways to Keep Your Mind on the Trail When Life Drags You Elsewhere

3 Ways to Keep Your Mind on the Trail When Life Drags You Elsewhere

You can’t always be hiking, so how do you keep yourself in “hiker mode”, even when you’re hundreds, or even thousands of miles from the nearest trail-head?

Nov 6, 2015 : Kyle O'Grady