Thru-Hiking Culture

Stories from the Trail #9 – Starting a Thru-Hike Tomorrow

Stories from the Trail #9 – Starting a Thru-Hike Tomorrow

If you were starting the Appalachian Trail tomorrow, what questions would you have? New AT hiker Chris Clevenger called the show the day before hitting the approach trail. He's been...

Apr 10, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Hike Faster, I Hear Banjos: Misconceptions about the Southern Appalachians

Hike Faster, I Hear Banjos: Misconceptions about the Southern Appalachians

For many hikers who've never set foot in the southern Appalachians—especially those who've never been east of the Mississippi or south of the Mason/Dixon Line—some of the only cultural knowledge...

Mar 22, 2018 : Bloodhound
The Summit Is not the End: Thoughts on Post-Trail Depression

The Summit Is not the End: Thoughts on Post-Trail Depression

Huddled, a sodden mass of wet bodies, we watched the rain come down in sheets.  We’d just covered 10-plus miles of trail dashing through puddles and downpour with a single...

Mar 22, 2018 : Bookie
How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

Shortly before I left for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016, I kept fantasizing about how my body was going to become “better” as a result of exercising all day,...

Mar 19, 2018 : Janel Healy
Slow Motion: Reflections on my Seven-Month AT Thru-Hike

Slow Motion: Reflections on my Seven-Month AT Thru-Hike

Whenever I tell anyone who knows how long it typically takes to hike the AT that it took me seven months to complete, they tend to ask what went wrong....

Mar 15, 2018 : Sarah Karner
6 Things You’ll Be Unprepared for at the Start of Your Hike

6 Things You’ll Be Unprepared for at the Start of Your Hike

1. Even the introverts are incredibly social. It will be a rare day when you pass a thru-hiker who doesn’t say hello on the trail. Even at the shelter, it’s like...

Mar 12, 2018 : Paige Bellamy
Faces of Hot Springs: Chief of Police, Officer David Shelton

Faces of Hot Springs: Chief of Police, Officer David Shelton

Strolling through the peaceful little town of Hot Springs, NC, you don't get the feeling that you get in so many other cities, the uneasy feeling that makes you want...

Feb 25, 2018 : Bloodhound
Faces of Hot Springs: Mayor Sidney Harrison

Faces of Hot Springs: Mayor Sidney Harrison

If you're a NOBO thru-hiker fortunate enough to survive everything the trail has thrown at you thus far, congratulations are in order as you enter Hot Springs, for you have...

Feb 15, 2018 : Bloodhound
Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Rangeley, Maine

Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Rangeley, Maine

The Trail Town Spotlight series is back, this time coming from Rangeley, Maine! This town sits at NOBO mile 1,967 (SOBO mile 220). Coming from Gorham, NH (mile 1,891), NOBOs...

Feb 14, 2018 : James Cape
Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Nestled deep in the Southern Appalachians, surrounded by pristine wilderness, sits an unassuming little town. At mile 275, Hot Springs is the NOBO's first true trail town on the Appalachian...

Feb 10, 2018 : Bloodhound