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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
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
What Makes a Shakedown?

What Makes a Shakedown?

Ahh yes, the old familiar shakedown.  Unlike other hikes, this one is much more significant.  Right?

Jan 10, 2022 : Justin James
The Hardest Thing I’ve Done to Train for My Upcoming Thru-hike

The Hardest Thing I’ve Done to Train for My Upcoming Thru-hike

Of course I hike. Short hikes, long hikes, with my pack and without. Trying out every piece of gear I could possibly get my hands on. What’s the weather? I...

Jan 10, 2022 : Trishadee Newlin
The Adventure

The Adventure

Hello fellow trekkers. First, I want to thank The Trek for allowing me to be a Blogger for the 2022 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Hopefully, everyone will enjoy my...

Jan 10, 2022 : Galen Baker
Trying Not to Panic

Trying Not to Panic

February 1 is getting close. I am trying not to panic. Some days it's, "It's OK, you've got this." Other days, it's, "What???" I Can Do This I have done...

Jan 9, 2022 : pearwood
How I’m Prepping for My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

How I’m Prepping for My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Yes, I have a countdown of days until the trail on a whiteboard in my room. Yes, changing the number each day is exhilarating. And yes, it feels like I...

Jan 7, 2022 : Katie Melsky
Thru-Hiking in Response to Ecological Calamity

Thru-Hiking in Response to Ecological Calamity

Back in 2017 I had the rare opportunity to bear witness to the process of extinction. I was part of a documentary film crew tasked with gathering footage of the...

Jan 6, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
A Phased Approach to Training For A Thru Hike

A Phased Approach to Training For A Thru Hike

Most folks attempting to hike the entire Appalachian Trail will fall into two camps: Those hiking themselves into shape, and those who have already hiked themselves into shape. Its often...

Jan 5, 2022 : Sidetrack
Take My Dog For A Hike?

Take My Dog For A Hike?

Gus, my seven-year-old, semi-trained Labradoodle, is coming along when I hike the Appalachian Trail.  That question was decided shortly after I decided to go and I realized we couldn't be...

Jan 5, 2022 : Rob Dippel