What’s With Trail Names? – Becoming Sidetrack

What’s With Trail Names? – Becoming Sidetrack

According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, nearly 3 million people hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail each year. With such a teeming mass of humanity moving up and down...

Jan 17, 2022 : Sidetrack
Backpacker Radio #133 | Derick Lugo

Backpacker Radio #133 | Derick Lugo

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Derick Lugo known on trail as Mr. Fabulous.  Although it's not all that unheard of for someone...

Jan 17, 2022 : Mara Simonson
Walking Towards the Past: My Healing Journey on the AT

Walking Towards the Past: My Healing Journey on the AT

I always knew I was destined to walk the Appalachian Trail. What I never could have guessed were my reasons why.

Jan 17, 2022 : Unmai Arokiasamy
Scott Benerofe on His Ongoing SOBO Winter AT Thru-Hike

Scott Benerofe on His Ongoing SOBO Winter AT Thru-Hike

"This is hard. I am being challenged. I also think it's so cool."—Scott Benerofe Scott Benerofe, aka Aquaman, is a class of 2019 AT thru-hiker currently attempting a winter SOBO...

Jan 17, 2022 : Penina Satlow
Excited and Anxious to begin

Excited and Anxious to begin

Shortly after my wife died I began thinking about what my life would be like now that I was alone.  57 years together is a long time.  During her last...

Jan 16, 2022 : Egon Overgaard
The Power of the Backyard Shakedown “Hike”

The Power of the Backyard Shakedown “Hike”

Prior to embarking on an extended backpacking adventure, many people like to do what is called a “shakedown hike.” This is a hiking trip, usually including at least one night,...

Jan 15, 2022 : Katie Melsky
It Just Hit Me!

It Just Hit Me!

It's real now.  Hit me this morning.  All the research, the books, the equipment, gear, and food purchased.  (To mail drop or not to mail drop?...that is the question.)  My...

Jan 14, 2022 : Rob Dippel
Everybody Needs a Rescue Buddy

Everybody Needs a Rescue Buddy

When we told our close friends that Bodhi, our 3-year-old Goldendoodle, was going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with us, Dan didn’t hesitate. “If Bodhi needs to leave the trail...

Jan 14, 2022 : Leslie Woodward
Trail Correspondents S3 Episode #12 | The Mental Grind

Trail Correspondents S3 Episode #12 | The Mental Grind

The trail is my teacher. Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of a long distance backpacking trip is the time it allows someone to be with their thoughts. It's...

Jan 14, 2022 : The Editors
13 of The Trek’s Top Posts from 2021

13 of The Trek’s Top Posts from 2021

2021 was the year everyone went back outside. Vaccines became widely available, COVID numbers dropped, and the powers-that-be gave the green light for 2021 thru-hikers. We navigated around

Jan 13, 2022 : Penina Satlow