The Day I Got Off Trail… Last October

The Day I Got Off Trail… Last October

Like many have written on this site, the only socially responsible decision I can make is to postpone my thru-hike. Even though I’m not planning to start my flip-flop hike...

Apr 3, 2020 : Andrea Vaughan
Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

Alas, Poor Thru-Hike, I Knew Him Well

I fought it hard. I couldn’t imagine living in a world in which I got off trail for any reason other than a severe injury or a family emergency. I...

Apr 2, 2020 : John Mecklin
ATC, Trail Clubs Ask Feds to Close Appalachian Trail until April 30

ATC, Trail Clubs Ask Feds to Close Appalachian Trail until April 30

(Updated 4 p.m. MT, April 2) The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 29 of the 31 Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs have asked the federal government to close the entire Appalachian Trail...

Apr 2, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Staying Flexible: A Lesson of the Trail

Staying Flexible: A Lesson of the Trail

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached even the wilderness of the Appalachian Trail, and now I'm figuring out how to replace my dream lifestyle.

Apr 1, 2020 : Luke Howard
Trevor’s Eternal Trail

Trevor’s Eternal Trail

This is a guest post courtesy of Doug Laher. Doug's son, Trevor, passed away on March 27, 2020, during his PCT thru-hike. Writer's Note: Trevor slipped on a patch of...

Apr 1, 2020 : Guest Post
15 of Our Best Stories For Outdoor Education, Inspiration, and Entertainment

15 of Our Best Stories For Outdoor Education, Inspiration, and Entertainment

We aren't supposed to travel out of state, many of us aren't even going to work, and depending on your local recommendations, you might even be under a stay-at-home order....

Apr 1, 2020 : The Editors
Hiking Across the Mountains of Bulgaria

Hiking Across the Mountains of Bulgaria

Before arriving in Bulgaria, we never could have imagined that a country so close to ours was full of so many amazing mountains. Though the poorest country in the European...

Apr 1, 2020 : Deux Pas Vers L Autre
Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

(Updated 12:30 p.m. MT, April 1) Director of Communications and Marketing for the PCTA, Scott Wilkinson has stated: "What we're now telling the hiking community is to stay off the...

Mar 31, 2020 : The Editors
AT Thru-Hikers Who Left the Trail Can Take 12 Months to Have ATC Certify Hike

AT Thru-Hikers Who Left the Trail Can Take 12 Months to Have ATC Certify Hike

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy announced Tuesday, March 31, that it would recognize all thru-hikers who left the trail because of COVID-19 to be recognized as a thru-hiker and 2,000-miler if...

Mar 31, 2020 : Hugh Owen
The Attempt Episode 12: “It’s Possible if We Just Try It”

The Attempt Episode 12: “It’s Possible if We Just Try It”

SHOW NOTES Benjamin comes home and looks back on his time on the trail. And also, a few surprises.   The Attempt is sponsored by Gossamer Gear, manufacturers of functional...

Mar 31, 2020 : Julia Drachman