Southbound

My Fear of Hypothermia and the Rain

My Fear of Hypothermia and the Rain

Cold rain scares me more than anything else on the trail. We've had more than our share in the last week. Staying Dry in Heavy Rain It's not possible! My...

Nov 15, 2018 : Kreg Moccia
Backpacks and Gear: REI doesn’t know everything about gear

Backpacks and Gear: REI doesn’t know everything about gear

Before I successfully did a Southbound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, I as most people bought plethora of gear at REI. For many of us hikers, gear is like...

Feb 24, 2017 : Clayton Barker
First Piece of Gear, Yay!

First Piece of Gear, Yay!

I got my first piece of gear today!! So exciting! ^_^ Since I'm still obviously gear hunting, I won't delve into much other than sleeping bag and comfort. So, I...

Sep 7, 2016 : Adeline
Trail Therapy Intro

Trail Therapy Intro

Hiking was never a dream of mine. I had never heard of the Appalachian Trail or any other trail before I came home on leave and watched Wild with my...

Sep 7, 2016 : Adeline
Home Sweet New York City

Home Sweet New York City

It’s true what they say: Being a writer in New York is difficult. Actually, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever half-ass attempted and if you ask creative New Yorkers, they’ll...

Aug 1, 2016 : Lauren Hafley
“Well This Is It” – Last Thoughts Before The 100 Mile Wilderness

“Well This Is It” – Last Thoughts Before The 100 Mile Wilderness

Well This is it. It's always a nervous feeling leaving that last point of civilization before going into the bush. There is no turning back now. No "Oh shit I...

Jun 9, 2016 : Josh Lichti
4 Reasons Why SOBO > NOBO Thru-Hiking

4 Reasons Why SOBO > NOBO Thru-Hiking

I am a timid hiker. I like to sleep in shelters with other people and a knife near at hand. (Though, my husband insists we tarp; the only reason I...

Aug 24, 2015 : High Five
The Appalachian Q&A with Tom and Shannon

The Appalachian Q&A with Tom and Shannon

I just ran out of deodorant and I have have 4 days before leaving for Baxter State park to start my southbound hike. My mind has been a mess of...

Jul 16, 2015 : Thomas Vernali