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Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

With more than 6,000 volunteers dedicating around 270,000 hours each year, the Appalachian Trail is one of the world’s largest ongoing volunteer projects. Volunteers touch every aspect of what makes

Apr 18, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
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
Best Day Hikes in Shenandoah National Park’s Central District

Best Day Hikes in Shenandoah National Park’s Central District

With over 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah National Park offers some great opportunities for those who are ready to take a hike. The Appalachian Trail runs the length of the...

Apr 4, 2018 : Ken Nail
Appalachian Trail State Profile: North Carolina / Tennessee

Appalachian Trail State Profile: North Carolina / Tennessee

After leaving Georgia at Bly Gap (mile 78), the Appalachian Trail climbs and descends through North Carolina for 96 miles, hits the Tennessee state line at Doe Knob (mile 174), then...

Apr 3, 2018 : The Editors
Gear List: Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail

Gear List: Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail

When I began my gear research for the PCT, it only made sense to begin with taking inventory of what I already had in my possession. In 2013, I thru-hiked...

Apr 2, 2018 : Lindsey Gordon
An Introvert’s Guide to the Appalachian Trail

An Introvert’s Guide to the Appalachian Trail

I have always loved hiking. It gives me time alone in nature to replenish my energy, enjoy the pure exertion of exercise, and appreciate the beauty of the world around...

Mar 29, 2018 : Tess Mullaney
Introducing Backpacker Radio’s 2018 Trail Correspondents: Appalachian Trail Edition

Introducing Backpacker Radio’s 2018 Trail Correspondents: Appalachian Trail Edition

We are thrilled to introduce the first episode of our new Trail Correspondents series.  In a nutshell, a small group of thru-hikers from the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and

Mar 26, 2018 : Zach
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
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
Pox & Puss Episode #66 – Trail Days 2016 Samsquatch

Pox & Puss Episode #66 – Trail Days 2016 Samsquatch

 This is a warts-and-all episode. People have been asking us to just release the 2016 Trail Days as-is…so here’s part one of six (or seven?) with minimal editing. Every...

Mar 13, 2018 : Pox & Puss Podcast