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The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about....

Nov 20, 2018 : Mariposa
The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

The Hard and Fast Numbers of the Appalachian Trail

Well, I did it. I started April 22 and finished Aug. 31. In 132 days (four months and nine days), I took every step between Springer Mountain in Georgia and...

Nov 18, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
The 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

The 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

Two years ago, The Trek expanded our annual Appalachian Trail thru-hiker survey to include questions not only about main gear items, but also more detailed demographics, the timeline of AT

Nov 12, 2018 : Mariposa
Top Footwear of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

Top Footwear of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

I should start with an apology for the long delay in writing this post. We typically try to get the survey results out before the next class of thru-hikers begins,...

Jul 23, 2018 : Mariposa
Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate: Survey Results

Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate: Survey Results

Ever since Zach Davis wrote Appalachian Trials and started the blog that became The Trek, our purpose has been to help long-distance backpackers reach their goals. In the past, our surveys have

Aug 23, 2017 : Mariposa
The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

For the third year in a row, we asked Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and long-distance section hikers about the sleeping pads they used. Many of the trends continued from last year, but we...

Jan 31, 2017 : Mariposa
The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Unless you're making the rest of us jealous by slackpacking the whole way, your backpack is one of the most important pieces of gear you take on a long-distance hike. Whether you...

Nov 10, 2016 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail

By the Numbers: Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail

Also, check out the previous post covering which sleeping bags 2015 AT thru-hikers used. I admit, my sleeping pad was just an afterthought during my thru hike. I extensively researched sleeping

Jan 22, 2016 : Mariposa
The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail

The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail

When I bought a sleeping bag for my thru-hike, I was incredibly overwhelmed. Synthetic fill is more water resistant, but natural down is more lightweight and compresses to a smaller...

Jan 6, 2016 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: The Top Shelter Systems on the Appalachian Trail in 2015

By the Numbers: The Top Shelter Systems on the Appalachian Trail in 2015

"Hammocks are cool ... you can stealth camp just about anywhere."  - Enthusiastic hammocker "I started out with a hammock ... then met a girl and we switched to a...

Dec 27, 2015 : Mariposa