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Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Southbound Thru-Hikers: The Appalachian Trail Hiker Survey

Since I finished my Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike in 2014, I’ve been working with The Trek to survey thru-hikers each year. Most of the hikers who take our surveys are...

Jul 15, 2020 : Mariposa
This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

The following is a guest post courtesy of Marie Draws. Marie is a PCT thru-hiker and artist who is using her skills to tell the stories of backpackers from diverse...

Jul 4, 2020 : Guest Post
Help Wanted: Beer Drinking Appalachian Trail Hiker

Help Wanted: Beer Drinking Appalachian Trail Hiker

Yes, you read that right. Despite the recent surge in unemployment, there is a position available that requires hiking the Appalachian Trail and drinking beer; and it includes a salary...

Jun 22, 2020 : Jim Rahtz
Why I Started the Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Group

Why I Started the Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Group

Candi, 28, started The Appalachian Trail Class of 2021 INCLUSIVE Facebook group. Candi values getting lost in nature and helping others in need. For many thru-hiking hopefuls, social media

Jun 17, 2020 : Guest Post
My Tramily Gave Me the Confidence to Say “I’m Gay”

My Tramily Gave Me the Confidence to Say “I’m Gay”

Sean "Orange Blaze" Speckin grew up in Southern Maine, where he was inspired by his elementary school teacher to explore the state's beautiful wilderness. After high school, he hiked Katahdin...

Jun 14, 2020 : Guest Post
I Am Not Just Another Hiker

I Am Not Just Another Hiker

Shilletha Curtis is a 28-year-old Black, queer New Jersey native, and a Rutgers graduate with a degree in social work. Shilletha plans on hiking the Appalachian Trail as the first...

Jun 13, 2020 : Guest Post
AT History Lesson: The Invasion of Hot Springs

AT History Lesson: The Invasion of Hot Springs

If you have hiked northbound on the Appalachian Trail, you will remember the views from Max Patch, the quickening anticipation of a town stay as you stopped at Deer Park...

Jun 10, 2020 : Guest Post
How Not to Mistake Lyme for Coronavirus

How Not to Mistake Lyme for Coronavirus

It’s tick season again. Flu-like symptoms, fever, malaise, fatigue. Sounds familiar, right? These are often the base symptoms for Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that effects outdoor enthusiasts

Jun 10, 2020 : Effie Drew
Hiking on the AT on the Anniversary of a Trail Murder

Hiking on the AT on the Anniversary of a Trail Murder

“This trip marks, almost to the day, the anniversary of Sanchez’s death.”  My friend, trail name Bubbles (NOBO 2019), breaks the silence between us. We have completed an 18-mile day...

Jun 7, 2020 : Elise Wallace
Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

One of the universal characteristics of people who love the outdoors is that we enthusiastically lean into discomfort.  The outdoors community is mostly white, which has allowed us the privilege

Jun 3, 2020 : The Editors