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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
McAfee, Care Packages, Butts, and Zeroes

McAfee, Care Packages, Butts, and Zeroes

700 miles. I jumped the gun in assuming I'd be anywhere near the halfway point. Side quests, Trail Days and a strong desire to visit every trail town or rush...

Jun 9, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
From Tides to Trail : Finding A New Community After Leaving the Military

From Tides to Trail : Finding A New Community After Leaving the Military

Mile 460. As I reflect, I left my job in Hawaii over a year and a half ago. It was a hard transition to hang up my Navy uniform and...

May 13, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Part 1: Learning to Walk the Walk

Part 1: Learning to Walk the Walk

Hey friends! Sorry we haven’t blogged in two weeks! The cell phone service hasn’t aligned too well with our desire to keep you updated on our trip. We're going to...

Mar 14, 2017 : Alex and Amanda