Inspiration

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
Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

It’s been 12 years since I started collecting stories and portraits of northbound thru-hikers as they trek through their final state, Maine. Every year I am astounded by the hikers...

Jan 16, 2020 : Chris Bennett
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Trail Angel Spotlight: The Trekking Twins

Trail Angel Spotlight: The Trekking Twins

While the average age of trail maintainers on the Appalachian Trail keeps getting older, there are two octogenarians who don't let age get in the way

Nov 18, 2019 : Bloodhound
[Video] One Wing in the Fire: An AT Trail Angel Documentary

[Video] One Wing in the Fire: An AT Trail Angel Documentary

Rob Bird is what you call a trail angel: Someone who goes out of their way to help hikers along their journey by performing acts of trail magic. He is...

Sep 18, 2019 : Maximilian Armstrong
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: August 21 – 28

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: August 21 – 28

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Sep 7, 2019 : Rachel S
How to Hike the Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail

How to Hike the Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail

From idyllic rambles through mid-Atlantic farmland to epic alpine treks in the Northeast, the Appalachian Trail offers a multitude of adventures for every type of hiker. There’s no need to...

Aug 26, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: July 24 – Aug. 14

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: July 24 – Aug. 14

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Aug 14, 2019 : Rachel S
Far, Not Fast: A Hostel Love Story

Far, Not Fast: A Hostel Love Story

Of the thousands of former soldiers suffering from PTSD, this is a story about how the Appalachian Trail has helped bring one of them and his family back from the...

Aug 12, 2019 : Bloodhound
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: July 10 – July 24

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: July 10 – July 24

Congratulations to all of the early-bird 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Jul 24, 2019 : Rachel S