Apply to Be a Trek Blogger and/or Vlogger!

Calling all 2021 thru-hikers!

Looking to blog or vlog your 2021 thru-hike?  Want some great exposure without the hassle of starting and maintaining a website?  DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS?!

The Trek is looking for 2021 thru-hikers from the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and beyond who are passionate about writing (and/or making videos) and want to share their journey with the world.  If you’re hiking one of the “shorter” trails, such as the Long Trail, Colorado Trail, John Muir Trail, Arizona Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Ice Age Trail, Wonderland Trail, Ozark Trail, Ouachita Trail, Pinhoti Trail, Cumberland Trail, Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail, Buckeye Trail, Northville Placid Trail, Oregon Desert Trail, Idaho Centennial Trail, Oregon Coast Trail, California Coastal Trail, and beyond- you’re encouraged to apply to join our team as well.

What you get:

  • Exposure to the large Trek community (reach is more than a quarter million across all channels).
  • A blogging platform that is easy to use.
  • Given extra consideration when featuring photos through our Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and The Trek Instagram accounts.
  • Active Bloggers/Vloggers are given the opportunity for Instagram Takeovers.
  • Access to a private group of fellow Trek Bloggers on Facebook (current and alum).
  • Discount merch
  • NEW for Vloggers(!): Access to use our YouTube account, which has 13,000 subscribers and is growing quickly.

The costFREE!!!

Class of 2021: Apply to be a Blogger!

Class of 2021: Apply to be a Vlogger!

Comments 155

  • Matt Tobias : Nov 19th

    I’m bored at work, looking through websites for backcountry snowboarding gear and then my website searches start venturing toward the Pacific Crest Trail. I am curious about the trip distance, time, location and what to expect. To tell you the truth, I’ve been really thinking about doing this for awhile now since switching jobs and not liking my current job. My old boss told me I should have took off time between jobs, traveled and explored. Another consideration is going on the World Race for 11 months in 11 countries. It is a Christian mission trip to help the entire world. A friend did the World Race and posted journals and pictures throughout the trip which inspired me. I would love to be able to share what is going on with me and around me to many others to maybe guide them on their path. I would also love to share what is going on personally and inside me while working through obstacles in my life to help guide others by my insights, stumbles and truths learned along the path of life.

    It’s important to have these times of searching, writing and finding yourself. The way I do this is by prayer and being alone in the wilderness. Just recently I took a trip to Oregon to hang with a friend and enjoy the Northwest. I also went to do some personal searching and thinking about my situation with work, where I live and relationships. I ended up hiking and camping alone a half mile from the coast. As I was reading and cooking dinner, the peaceful sound of the waves settled into my tent. The waves were the only thing that were audible the whole night. As I read scripture, a peace overcame me and many things became clear. Things of my past were thought of and wrote down. Obstacles of my present seemed to melt away and worry of my future faded. Solitude is important.
    “So He Himself (Jesus) often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” -Luke 5:16

    • MAURICE A CAULEY : Jan 19th

      He who believeth on the Son hath everlasting life. Also read John 3:16,17,18. We all can most likely quote the former but it’s the latter that will put the fear of God in you. God is holy and expects us to
      be holy too.

    • Kelly : Jul 19th

      My daughter completed the World Race 11-11 in 2016 through Adventures in Missions. She met another hiker on the race and they got married and now have my grandson. You’re correct in stating that we all need these times for reflection.

    • jay.friesen : Nov 19th

      Wow! I randomly came across your comment and wholeheartedly agree with what you are saying. My pct hike is planned for this next year, and hopefully my World Race adventure will soon follow!

    • ks : Jan 3rd

      Not what I expected, and beautiful. Thanks for the quote. What was His experience in the wild? I wonder.

    • Cityboy : Mar 2nd

      Lord bless you 57,I’ve always spent most of my life trying to do stuff the way outher people tell me the way they think I ought to live. Sitting in a nice clean warm room, I’ve noticed I actually was going insane.. I’ve happily camped&hiked n walked to lots of places. So when I saw the lovely movie called Wild. .it felt like I was called to somehow. That’s how I’m hooked on the PCT…I’m a writer of age 8.Ive write a book n some lyrics for sons,Uts a gift…Now I must figure out how to make money as a writer…I know when I leave the East Coast I’ll be homeless…I guess I’ll be homeless.

    • R. E. “Dick” Knodel, Jr. : May 13th

      Matt Tobias:

      Wonderful to hear your reference to Scripture and Jesus. As soon as you do that, synapses snap with “current” — for better or worse — because such references immediately connect us to the larger world of Our Lord’s making/speaking. His Gospels reveal that world, as they reveal him; and he is so much more huge, even in his small moments (moments with us!), than we can imagine.

      As soon as we refer to him or his Word we reference ourselves to him. He said, “He who loses his life shall find it,” and to refer to him immediately ties us to an objective universe! (We creatures are often running from this world on account of our thirst for so-Called freedom and autonomy.)

      As dynamic/problematic as we are as people, this reference can mean almost anything. Some will love us, while others will despise. Others will be perplexed, and still others will just wonder! But Jesus always smiles because we have entered his world — and that’s what he came to do!

      He captured me at the end of 1967, fifty-two years ago, and I’m still going strong. I have a philosophical mind that seems fascinated by everything. That’s why I reading stuff about the AT — and commenting to a guy named Matt Tobias!

      Thanks for being unafraid! God bless you!


    • Mercy : Sep 17th

      I pray u find bv your answer as u seek the Lord and that He will direct your paths

  • John Longino : May 22nd

    2016 or 17 sign up. Article says only both?!?

  • Angela : Nov 24th

    Will the blogs be open to the public? I’m not planing to hike the at this coming year but would love to hear the experiences of others. Research ya know and living vicariously til I’m able to go myself

  • Amber : Dec 4th

    Came here to sign up to be a 2017 AT blogger, but the form isn’t showing up on the page. Just letting ya know 🙂

  • KENNETH CALHOUN : Jan 20th


    • Zen : Sep 12th

      I want to do the trail and hike about for 2 weeks.. lol I am 58

  • Snow : Mar 10th

    Looking forward to joining the class. Of 2017 the AT in April

  • Lisa : Mar 28th

    When will you be accepting for 2018??

  • Catherine : Mar 19th

    Love your articles… also do you only want thru hikers for v/blogging? Im senior now and still thinking about it but might- wont- be able to do a thru – cause of knee problem.😊 but still reading about all the seniors that did it 😄!
    And Congrats to you ! Its a big deal !!🤗

    • Debbie : May 3rd

      I to am senior and have been thinking about the AT for2 years now…been gathering my stuff and reading as much of all pros and cons on gear…i am hoping April 2019 will be my year.

    • Annette : Sep 12th

      would thing about this on 2020

  • Robert Vaughn : Jun 6th

    Hello Tom I got your hikeing info from the freindswood library can you please give me a call at 281-235-9496. I would love to talk to you about your hikeing class I can’t make the class today I am tied up I work in freindswood I live in sanleon tx please call me I would like to talk to you sincerly. Robert vaughn

  • Ascend : Sep 17th

    Howdy! This is kind oof offf topic but I need some advice from an established
    blog. Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure
    things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m
    not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
    With thanks

  • Adrian Redgwell : Oct 14th

    I applied to the 2019 class but no email yet. I was accepted last year but did not read the fine print.
    I suffer from a form of dementia from Afghanistan that has changed my personality a little bit to the positive side but too friendly. Not my fault but as long as my trail family knows, I will be protected.

    Anyway still waiting but strangely no email recieved at all like last year.

  • Donna Nabholz : Oct 16th

    I’m not hiking but my daughter is and I will be her support back home. Looking for help with getting her boxes to her. And maybe some meal prep ideas

  • Lisa Light : Nov 21st

    You mention some great trails, but there’s no mention of the North Country Trail (NCT). This is a 4000+ mile trail through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. I would strongly encourage you to add the lesser known,but truly awesome, trail to the list.

    • Adrian Redgwell : Dec 16th

      Please tell me why you are not replying to my 2019 SOBO AT Hike application? I apppied 4 tones and still no reply. Send me an email please SOBO can reply to you Trek.

  • word : Apr 4th

    I do believe all of the ideas you’ve offered for your post.
    They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are
    very short for newbies. May you please extend them a bit from
    next time? Thank you for the post.

  • Lisa Mishou : Dec 25th

    Most definitely will be for ’21, as ’20 will be our shakedown/training year. My husband and I are @2oldformerfatfksonamission

  • Jens : Jan 11th

    Came here to read about the trek. What I found are fundamental pseudo-christian missionaries! Don’t you think that America had already done too much damage to the world, from starting wars to bringing down democracies to destroying the whole planets ecosystem and blocking efforts to reduce CO2 and climate change?? The whole world is laughing at your president and mourning about what became of the melting pot, frontier nation and leader of the free world. And you dare to go into the world and tell others how to live?? Please stay at home, go walking and not blogging. (Please moderators, if you censor this, then delete all other non-topic comments and religious/political statements as well)

    • Chris Green : Mar 15th

      Who cares? Get a life.

      • Jens : Jun 9th

        I do. The world does. You seem not to understand

  • Sarah Fletcher : Apr 2nd

    Hi there,

    I’m flying from New Zealand to America next year to hike the AT with my amazing america friend and I’m wanting to blog and vlog. When is the best time to apply for 2021 season.

    Thanks heaps

  • Molly O'Rourke : May 11th

    I am working on a throwback blog based on trail journals from 2004. Please let me know if there is any where to share my blog posts. I am also willing to write new blogs based on past experiences. With trails being closed, now seemed like a good time to reflect on past hikes. Thank you

  • Lawrence Edwin Tyson : Aug 12th

    When will I know if I’ve been accepted as a blogger for the 2021 class?
    Thanks. Looking forward to my adventure!


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