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Tick Season Is Approaching, Here’s What You Need to Know

Tick Season Is Approaching, Here’s What You Need to Know

While thru-hiking the AT last year, I called a Lyft in New York. The driver seemed a little flummoxed by my stinky, mud-covered presence and didn’t know much about the...

Jun 20, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
The Crawfords: A Family of 8 Takes on the Appalachian Trail

The Crawfords: A Family of 8 Takes on the Appalachian Trail

On March 1, 2018, Ben and Kami Crawford, of the Cincinnati area, and their six children, ages 2, 7, 11, 13, 15, and 16, set out from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to thru-hike...

Jun 13, 2018 : Bloodhound
Pacing Problems: Why I Split Up with My Original Hiking Partner

Pacing Problems: Why I Split Up with My Original Hiking Partner

I always tell people that thru-hiking with someone is bigger than living with someone. Even if you share a tiny studio apartment with an intimate partner, you’ll usually have some...

Jun 12, 2018 : Sarah Karner
The Psychological Impact of a Thru-Hike on Children and Adolescents

The Psychological Impact of a Thru-Hike on Children and Adolescents

When considering the most difficult part of a long-distance hike, many thru-hikers cite the mental game. The physical challenges are undeniable, and those thru-hikers who choose to leave the trail

Jun 8, 2018 : Scott
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: 7 Tips for Finding Solitude on the Appalachian Trail

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: 7 Tips for Finding Solitude on the Appalachian Trail

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to Mailbag with The Pursuit of Endurance is available now, and you can catch her upcoming book tour over the next few weeks in Hanover NH, Colby...

Jun 4, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Bipolar Backpacking: How to Deal, and the Impacts of the Trail

Bipolar Backpacking: How to Deal, and the Impacts of the Trail

Initially being diagnosed with a mental disorder is intimidating in the first place, let alone being diagnosed a few months before embarking on a several-month-long thru-hike of the AT. Despite...

May 30, 2018 : Cassie
50-Year-Old Pot of Money Supporting AT Could Disappear

50-Year-Old Pot of Money Supporting AT Could Disappear

If you love the Appalachian Trail (AT), there is an important and time-sensitive story you need to know about before September of this year. Really, if you love any trail, national...

May 29, 2018 : Laura Johnston
Trail Correspondents Episode #7: The Biggest Surprises (Pt I)

Trail Correspondents Episode #7: The Biggest Surprises (Pt I)

When backpacking through the backcountry for months on end, there's one thing that can be relied upon: expect the unexpected.  Today's episode focuses in on exactly that- the biggest

May 28, 2018 : Zach
AT Hiker Drowns Attempting to Cross Kennebec River

AT Hiker Drowns Attempting to Cross Kennebec River

The body of 39-year-old Michael Camiso was found Tuesday in Caratunk, Maine. Camiso went missing earlier in May, and it has been surmised that he drowned attempting to cross the...

May 28, 2018 : The Editors
Reflections from the Halfway Point of My 2018 AT Thru-Hike

Reflections from the Halfway Point of My 2018 AT Thru-Hike

I’m writing this from Carlisle, PA, at mile 1,130 of my 2018 AT thru-hike. These are some thoughts I’ve had as I reflect on the journey so far. People are...

May 21, 2018 : Rob Small