trail name

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

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

The story of how I got my trail name and lost my precious electronics in the Smokies..

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

No Longer Nameless: My Trail Name Found Me

As an aspiring thru-hiker, my lack of a trail name sometimes felt like a brilliantly lit billboard proclaiming, “She’s a wannabe!” Being a nameless newbie backpacker made me feel incomplete...

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

Stalker Deer, Wrong Ways, and Laundry : Trail Hikers Share Stories On How They Got Their Trail Names.

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)

Everyone experiences the trail in a different way, and for my thru-hike, I've decided not to take a trail name. Here's why.

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