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Hard Climbs and a Weary Hiker

Hard Climbs and a Weary Hiker

OK, so here's the deal. I've run smack into a wall, a gigantic Mount Washington-sized wall. In case you didn't know a wall that big hurts, like hurts ya deep...

Aug 3, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Behind Trail Names: Average Joe or Super Hero?

Behind Trail Names: Average Joe or Super Hero?

I don't reckon I'll ever get comfortable hearing, "Oh, I heard about you" after introducing myself, but strangely enough switching out my very average given name, the name I've answered...

Jul 23, 2018 : Rachel Poole
A Peaceful Katahdin Summit and 100-Mile Wilderness Walk

A Peaceful Katahdin Summit and 100-Mile Wilderness Walk

Yes, you read the title right. Weird descriptor of a Katahdin summit, I know. Usually folks are beaming with excitement over their completed trek or amped about what's to come...

Jul 11, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Anxiety Ascent: Why I’m off the trail

Anxiety Ascent: Why I’m off the trail

I wake up in my room, surrounded by four walls and my black cat walking over my down comforter. The air conditioning is cool and my bed is soft. This...

Jun 16, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Finding Connections with Others Along the Way

Finding Connections with Others Along the Way

Pop your head into any shelter along the AT and I would wager the hiker chatter circles three topics: gear, weather and terrain, injury. News on the trail hops forward...

May 29, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Little Toe, Big Problem

Little Toe, Big Problem

My first two days on the trail were, let's call them, eventful. I've been an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast since spring break camping trips as a kid, so I...

Apr 19, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

"Be stubborn," said the two-time AT thru-hiker I ran into at Cloudland Canyon's south rim during my final shakedown hike. It felt like strange advice coming from the owner of...

Apr 11, 2018 : Rachel Poole
North Carolina: A Not-So-Warm Welcome

North Carolina: A Not-So-Warm Welcome

I walked around the curving bend that snuck over the side of a mountain to see my AT partner, Lindsey (trail name: Dorothy), waiting for me at the North Carolina...

Apr 2, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Lessening My Expectations, Focusing on Enjoying the Hike

Lessening My Expectations, Focusing on Enjoying the Hike

I had a lot of expectations when I started my flip-flop hike last year. A thru-hike on the AT had been my dream since I was 17, and at 52...

Mar 12, 2018 : Elizabeth
Storms Pass – Leaving Vermont

Storms Pass – Leaving Vermont

Barefoot on the left. After snooping a bit, I was able to find baby photos I had not seen in decades. My family as a whole became as much a...

Sep 8, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk