thru-hiking

Back in the Saddle…or Not?

Back in the Saddle…or Not?

The verdict about my knees came in.  The good news is that I don't have any stress fractures.  The bad news is...I don't have any stress fractures. There aren't any...

Jul 8, 2017 : Gail Barrett
The Gift of Two Black Eyes

The Gift of Two Black Eyes

Ask almost any former thru hiker what they didn't expect when they first started their hike and almost every one will say something like, "The trail restored my faith in...

Jul 3, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
Languishing in Hiker Limbo

Languishing in Hiker Limbo

For the past two weeks I’ve been languishing in hiker limbo, one part of me back on the Appalachian Trail, the other part here at home.  It’s a disconcerting place...

Jul 1, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Overjoyed

Overjoyed

Day 42. Mile 1329. I've never been more smelly, dirty, hairy or sleepy. Dried blood streaks cover my legs, and my hair has begun dreading itself. Essentially, all I do...

Jun 29, 2017 : Jackie Bannon
How Thru-Hiking Ruined My Life

How Thru-Hiking Ruined My Life

Earlier this month, after only four months of employment, I quit the first full-time job I've had since through-hiking the Appalachian Trail last year. I deliberately chose to derail my...

Jun 27, 2017 : Janel Healy
The Questions

The Questions

Acronym Party Because there ain't no party like an acronym party, the PCT is chock full of them. Let's learn! The PCT is - yep, you guessed it - the...

Jun 25, 2017 : Kate Bradley
Catch Ya Later, Sierras

Catch Ya Later, Sierras

Right before leaving the desert and entering the long-awaited Sierras, a trail angel named Coppertone told me, "don't be stupid, but don't be afraid to challenge yourself out there." This...

Jun 22, 2017 : Jackie Bannon
As The Thru-Hiker World Turns

As The Thru-Hiker World Turns

Happy Summer Solstice and World Naked Hiking Day! Hope everyone is enjoying their days and not getting too sunburned if you're out there hiking in your birthday suit. It's been...

Jun 21, 2017 : Amber Redfield
See Ya Never Again, Shenandoahs!

See Ya Never Again, Shenandoahs!

How do you know someone's a thru-hiker? The outfit usually gives it away! Shenandoahs, done! I covered 108 miles over 8 days, which is actually kind of slow considering the...

Jun 16, 2017 : Deane "Roo" Giordano
All in a Day’s Hike

All in a Day’s Hike

Imagine that you've been hiking since dawn. It's now mid afternoon, and your feet hurt. Your clothes are dripping with sweat. Your legs, which you'd thought were strong, have felt as...

Jun 16, 2017 : Gail Barrett