trail name

Snow, Blood, and Lost Electronics: The Misadventures of Snow Angel

Snow, Blood, and Lost Electronics: The Misadventures of Snow Angel

About two weeks ago I spent a zero day in NOC, which besides the white water rafting, was quite uneventful and to be honest a little boring. Only one restaurant,...

Apr 4, 2018 : Esther Burghouwt
No Longer Nameless: My Trail Name Found Me

No Longer Nameless: My Trail Name Found Me

Code words. Secret handshakes. Silly hats. Every group has signs of belonging that signal to others whether you’re in or you’re not. Long distance hikers are no exception. If the...

Dec 20, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent
What’s in a Trail Name?

What’s in a Trail Name?

I had heard all sorts of things about trail names before beginning to hike the Appalachian Trail. "I wonder what name I will have bestowed upon me?" Then I met...

Aug 20, 2017 : Megan Landstine
What’s in a Name? How They Earned Their Trail Names

What’s in a Name? How They Earned Their Trail Names

Many hikers earn unique trail names while hiking. These can be funny names; Bear for having a loud snore or hearty appetite. Others stick when a person does something quirky or...

Mar 20, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Choosing My Trail Name – The Rest of the Story

Choosing My Trail Name – The Rest of the Story

Why the Trail Name "Red Beard"? In my bio, I imply my trail name, Red Beard, is based on my self image. However, there is more to it than that....

Dec 15, 2016 : Tom Abel
How I Got My Trail Name

How I Got My Trail Name

 Obtaining a"Trail Name" on the AT is kind of a big deal. Trail names are one of the oldest and most cherished traditions on the Appalachian Trail. A trail name,...

Sep 21, 2016 : Vermont
What’s in a Name? (Or, Why I’m Not Taking a Trail Name)

What’s in a Name? (Or, Why I’m Not Taking a Trail Name)

Let me first say, trail names are awesome. They're fun, easier to remember, and most of them come with a good story. They are great for most people, and I...

Apr 1, 2016 : Zoë Symon
The Acquisition of a Trail Name… or Trials and Magic – Part 2

The Acquisition of a Trail Name… or Trials and Magic – Part 2

Ooops, it's been a minute since I posted part 1 and tempted you with promises of trail magic and trail names. Then I got caught up in finishing teaching and...

Apr 20, 2015 : Stacia Bennett
John Rambo Lives!

John Rambo Lives!

I hiked Tray Mountain on a hot and humid day. Sweat accumulated on my scalp and trickled down my face, burning my eyes. It was hard to tell if they...

Apr 12, 2015 : Tee Corley
Blood Mountain to Dick’s Gap

Blood Mountain to Dick’s Gap

Days 4-8 we finished around mile 70, closing up our first week on the trail. We're starting to find a rhythm and get used to spending time in our tents....

Mar 23, 2015 : David