safety

Let Us Transcend

Let Us Transcend

I'd love to write today about the transcendence to be found hiking the wooded path, but I can't. Recent events in Orlando cast a shadow over my thoughts. After the...

Jun 16, 2016 : Joe Schmidt
Interview with an Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner

Interview with an Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner

It's no secret that the Appalachian Trail (AT) survives in large part due to the thousands of hours of labor put in by willing volunteers each year. Yet, there are...

Jan 12, 2016 : Kenny Howell
Getting Over And Around Personal Speedbumps

Getting Over And Around Personal Speedbumps

Fun fact: The Appalachian Trail is loaded with speed bumps. And we aren’t talking roots or rocks. Some originate in packages as tiny as a tick. Others strike as forceful as...

Nov 29, 2015 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Seven Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guns and Bears

Seven Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Guns and Bears

Weeks ago I had suggested to some hiker friends that I might write a blog weighing in on discussions from social media regarding the Scott Jurek controversy. But today I'm...

Sep 10, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
Wilderness Safety: The Whistle

Wilderness Safety: The Whistle

I recently spent a week camping at Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia. I was fully loaded and on my way in, maybe ten or fifteen minutes into the hike when...

Aug 17, 2015 : Gary Sizer
Pamola’s Wrath: Hiker Safety During Summer Storms

Pamola’s Wrath: Hiker Safety During Summer Storms

Summertime along the Appalachian Trail means frequent thunderstorms, an occasion to experience terrifying beauty, but especially, to engage in safe practices. Every year, according to the National

Jul 16, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
Keeping Food Safe from Rodents While Backpacking

Keeping Food Safe from Rodents While Backpacking

We know about bears. They are strong, crafty, hungry, and potentially very dangerous. Though I consider bears to be a huge threat to be treated with respect, I also hold...

Jan 4, 2015 : Courtney
11 Black Bear Safety Tips

11 Black Bear Safety Tips

As a child, my neighborhood had a phone chain for bear alerts, bears digging into our garbage cans and a little over a year ago I even found bear prints...

Dec 26, 2014 : Sara Douma
Using the Buddy System: Yoga & Thru-Hiking

Using the Buddy System: Yoga & Thru-Hiking

Early this year, Madison Dragana published a killer article on the mindbodyconnect on your smartphone for studios in your area). Not only does yoga assist in the mental training for a...

Dec 5, 2014 : Tory Anne Wilkinson