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A Retrospective Update From the CDT: WYOMING

A Retrospective Update From the CDT: WYOMING

Walking through the state of snow and high elevation, the need to stop and take zero days to recover was something I took advantage of fully. I also played a...

Nov 15, 2016 : Katie Brown
A Retrospective Update From the CDT: Oh Colorado!

A Retrospective Update From the CDT: Oh Colorado!

Colorado, let me count the ways. I left off in

Nov 10, 2016 : Katie Brown
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
A Retrospective Update From the CDT: The San Juan Mountains

A Retrospective Update From the CDT: The San Juan Mountains

I remember cruising down switchbacks towards the Gila River outside of Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and seeing the snowcapped mountains in the distance. There they were, the famed San...

Oct 31, 2016 : Katie Brown
Taking a Rain Check

Taking a Rain Check

Slogging through the rain Waterproof pack liners do no good if you leave them at home.  You should practice putting on an external pack cover before it rains, not when...

Oct 2, 2016 : Gail Barrett
How to Take a Zero Day in the Woods

How to Take a Zero Day in the Woods

We all know that thru hikers need to take time off in town for chores - laundry, resupply, stocking up on calories, charging up electronics - but what about a...

Jun 30, 2016 : Carla Robertson
“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
VA to NH and the Final 450

VA to NH and the Final 450

Nearly 1,300 miles north on the Appalachian Trail from Damascus, VA, I'm on my first full recovery day since that town as well.  I can truly say I'm a thru-hiker,...

Apr 26, 2016 : Cole Farnum
N.C. Border to Fontana Dam

N.C. Border to Fontana Dam

This week I hiked from the GA/N.C. border to Fontana Dam, N.C., miles 78- 165. I'm writing this post from the front porch of the general store here. I just...

Apr 21, 2016 : Ben Pugliese
Smokies to Damascus: Thoughts up to Mile 470

Smokies to Damascus: Thoughts up to Mile 470

From the site of Trail Days, a major in-season destination, I'm comfortably writing from Woodchuck hostel and about to spend my first night sleeping in a teepee.  Here are some...

Feb 17, 2016 : Cole Farnum