Introduction to Backpacking: My Fears, Therapy, and Friends

Introduction to Backpacking: My Fears, Therapy, and Friends

A Change of Plans I originally planned to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2018. I spent most of 2017 planning, prepping, and purchasing gear for the trip. In...

Jan 23, 2020 : Shannon R
Google Maps Doesn’t Understand Forest Service Road

Google Maps Doesn’t Understand Forest Service Road

The weekend started out simple enough. We made a trip to Springer Mountain this weekend and drove up to the trailhead to check out the road conditions and do some...

Jan 22, 2020 : Turtle
My Preparation as a Newbie Backpacker

My Preparation as a Newbie Backpacker

When I decided in April 2019  to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, I didn’t realize how much work goes into preparing for your first thru-hike. I quickly realized I was vastly...

Jan 22, 2020 : Kayla Bold
A History of Northeast Peakbagging: Part I, Non-Winter

A History of Northeast Peakbagging: Part I, Non-Winter

In Forest and Crag, the authoritative history of the mountains of the Northeast, authors Guy and Laura Waterman introduced their "Superhiking" chapter with an observation that rings true today, 31

Jan 21, 2020 : Erik Schlimmer
Being a Pacific Crest Trail Commitment-Phobe

Being a Pacific Crest Trail Commitment-Phobe

I have been moving toward hiking the PCT for over a year. I took a contract that would finish around the right time; applied for the permit during a nerve-racking...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cat Morton
How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

“It’s official,” I told my friend on the phone as I stepped outside and braced against the cold. “I just blew up my life.” The day was January 6, 2019,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined by legendary PCT trail angel Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven.  Donna comes by her trail name,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Zach
How to Safely Post Your Thru-Hike on Social Media

How to Safely Post Your Thru-Hike on Social Media

Many people are astounded when I tell them of my and Alex’s plans to thru-hike Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this summer. Their astonishment stems from a few areas, and is usually...

Jan 20, 2020 : Maggie Mitchell
A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

It’s January of a new decade and ’tis the season for ambitious lists, goals, and vision boards for the coming year—adventurous ambitions hopefully among them. We set goals to push...

Jan 20, 2020 : Effie Drew
Pre-Trail Depression: An Introduction, My Mission, and an Update

Pre-Trail Depression: An Introduction, My Mission, and an Update

Hello, my name is Logan Nigh, and I  love you. I will be attempting to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail on May 13 heading northbound. In short I am a...

Jan 20, 2020 : Logan Nigh