shelters

Bear Activity and How to Mitigate Encounters on the A.T.

Bear Activity and How to Mitigate Encounters on the A.T.

In recent events, thru-hikers in southern Appalachia are reporting elevated bear activity. Several comments on FarOut suggest some bears are food-conditioned.  Officials from Great Smoky

May 20, 2024 : Bones
Sleeping with Strangers: Part 1

Sleeping with Strangers: Part 1

Oh, hi, class of 2018! Notebook here. Congratulations on your decision to take the plunge and make a thru-hike attempt! That took a lot of guts! One thing you might...

Dec 22, 2016 : Notebook
Gimme Shelter: The Pros & Cons of Sleeping in Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

Gimme Shelter: The Pros & Cons of Sleeping in Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

What factors make the shelters along the Appalachian Trail completely desirable... and avoidable.

Aug 23, 2016 : Stubbs
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
Noro Not Nero

Noro Not Nero

I was full of excitement when I started the seven mile, 2,900 foot ascent up to Sassafrass Gap Shelter. I had just left behind the comforts of the Nantahala Outdoor...

Jul 26, 2014 : Michael Craigs
This Post is About School, But I Promise It’s Not Boring. In Fact…It’s Awesome.

This Post is About School, But I Promise It’s Not Boring. In Fact…It’s Awesome.

Ok, I know you may be asking yourself, "what the hell is this girl posting about?" So, let me preface this post my introducing myself a little! Hi, my name...

Jun 12, 2014 : Bonnie Newman
Shelter Etiquette on the AT

Shelter Etiquette on the AT

Here you are: living in the woods, freed from the constraints of society, liberated to be as filthy and disgusting as a dung beetle in a privy, and yet what...

Jun 10, 2014 : Maggie Wallace
What Are the Best Shelters on the Appalachian Trail? [POLL]

What Are the Best Shelters on the Appalachian Trail? [POLL]

With more than 250 shelters lining the 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail, there's going to be a bell curve of quality (and those who've been on the Trail will...

Apr 15, 2014 : Zach