trail angels

Meet Maria, a Comforting Angel for Weary Hikers

Meet Maria, a Comforting Angel for Weary Hikers

As I emerged from the woods onto Route 44 outside Salisbury, Conn., drivers and pedestrians squinted and gave me and my pack a wide berth. My clothes were well past...

May 15, 2018 : Evan Johnson
Fourth of July in DC: A Sailor’s Memorial, Visiting Friends, and a Car Accident

Fourth of July in DC: A Sailor’s Memorial, Visiting Friends, and a Car Accident

Headed to D.C. Hey, everyone. @BarefootHiker here. As of this post, I am still at Mile 862. I will have rested for almost two weeks before attempting to get back...

Jul 3, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Trail Update: Finding Towns Along the AT

Trail Update: Finding Towns Along the AT

I shuffle through the remains of my food bag where the instant mashed potatoes and ramen packets now float in tuna sauce and oatmeal flakes. My trash ziplock is now...

May 2, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Thru-Hiking’s Socialist Ethos

Thru-Hiking’s Socialist Ethos

The year 1875 was an eventful one. It was the year in which Karl Marx, the father of communism, brought to prominence the old saying “From each according to his...

Apr 3, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
Trail Angels and Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail

Trail Angels and Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail

The original the Good Badger back in 2011, during my Appalachian Trail thru-hike.  In the spirit of giving season, I wanted to honor those who give more to thru-hikers and the...

Dec 24, 2015 : Zach
The Hundred-Mile Wilderness

The Hundred-Mile Wilderness

About five miles before Monson I was hiking with Honey Badger (Stannis Baratheon post-lobotomy, answering my "how's it going?" with a doughy stare. Honey Badger passed him ahead of us and...

Nov 17, 2015 : David
Month Two (Part 2)

Month Two (Part 2)

Here's the next set of trail updates.  Enjoy! Day 46 - Roan High Knob Shelter to Doll Flats Miles: 13.3 Boy, was I right! Last night was the coldest night...

Jul 1, 2015 : Scribe
Fontana to Hot Springs

Fontana to Hot Springs

Hey everybody!  We made it through the Smokies... and STILL no bear sightings!!  Here's a day-by-day for the last 10 days or so. Day 20 - Fontana Village Miles: 0...

May 5, 2015 : Scribe
Trail Magic – Love It or Hate It?

Trail Magic – Love It or Hate It?

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy states: The term “trail magic” was coined by long-distance hikers to describe an unexpected occurrence that lifts a hiker’s spirits and inspires awe or gratitude.

Apr 19, 2015 : Paul "BigTex" Bunker
Thru-Hikers to Trail Angels: Doing it Differently

Thru-Hikers to Trail Angels: Doing it Differently

I won’t hike the entire AT. This realization came on many days ago as I reached Cowart Gap. Well, it really hit me as I climbed out of Cowart Gap...

Apr 3, 2015 : Dana