trail culture

The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

The Twelve Tribes / Yellow Deli: Hiker Haven, Creepy Cult, or Both?

I arrived at A.J. Matthews/The Trek. When I asked how his hike was going, Joker told me he’d injured his ankle and spent the last month working at the Stony...

Sep 21, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

There’s been a lot of talk recently about "bro culture" on long trails and in the outdoor community in general. Last week, I experienced it firsthand on the Pacific Crest...

May 14, 2018 : Janel Healy
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
Three Days to Go- Our Team is Ready for Launch

Three Days to Go- Our Team is Ready for Launch

Living Our Dream In just 3 days we will be stepping through the arch on the approach trail...OMG, it's really going to happen! As a boy, I had dreams of...

Feb 23, 2017 : Steve and Ivetta Severance
Did You Sleep in the Woods Yet?

Did You Sleep in the Woods Yet?

The first time I stood on the Appalachian Trail was at Perkins observatory on New York's Bear Mountain, in 1983. My father took my brother and me camping, the three...

Nov 19, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
Metropolitan Hiking

Metropolitan Hiking

Most folks do not live near wilderness areas. The economic dynamism of metropolitan cities and the logistics of millions upon millions and millions of people make wild areas the perfect...

Oct 8, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
Music Vs. Nature: What We Want to Hear & Why

Music Vs. Nature: What We Want to Hear & Why

As a species, humans tend to be visual. A researcher in Emory University's Ophthalmology Department put the matter to me recently this way: “The eyeball is the part of the...

Sep 24, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
The Art of Yogi: It’s Not Begging

The Art of Yogi: It’s Not Begging

Hanna-Barbera's iconic cartoon character Yogi Bear lends his name to the verb “to yogi,” which is not an exact synonym for begging. Like Yogi Bear, long distance hikers develop a...

Aug 17, 2015 : Joe Schmidt
The Heaviest Pack on the Appalachian Trail? A Tribute to Uhaul

The Heaviest Pack on the Appalachian Trail? A Tribute to Uhaul

So, who is Uhaul? Whenever I talk or write about pack weight, I can't help but think about Uhaul, a 2011 AT hiker. He was one of those hikers you...

Jul 30, 2015 : Joe Schmidt