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We are the word nerds of The Trek who want nothing more than to infuse some hiking and backpacking joy into your day.

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65 Pieces of Advice From Past Thru-Hikers to Future Thru-Hikers

65 Pieces of Advice From Past Thru-Hikers to Future Thru-Hikers

A person can have a lot of questions as they prepare to hike through the woods, desert, or mountains for six months at a time. So we asked past

Feb 9, 2018 : The Editors
Tell Us When You Stopped Listening to Your Excuses: Win an REI Gift Card

Tell Us When You Stopped Listening to Your Excuses: Win an REI Gift Card

Tell us when you stopped letting excuses get in the way of adventures. Oh, and win an REI gift card. Has there ever been a time when you stopped

Feb 5, 2018 : The Editors
[Updated] AT Fully Reopens After Government Shutdown

[Updated] AT Fully Reopens After Government Shutdown

A shutdown of the US federal government began at midnight EST on January 20, 2018, with varying effects throughout government-managed public lands.

Jan 20, 2018 : The Editors
Appalachian Trail Map: 32 Damn Good Reasons to Hike the AT

Appalachian Trail Map: 32 Damn Good Reasons to Hike the AT

The above Appalachian Trail Map was put together by talented designer, thru-hiker, and Trek Blogger AWOL's 2016 guide. Minor changes in landmark

Jan 19, 2018 : The Editors
Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail: 2017 Hiker’s Choice

Best Hostels on the Appalachian Trail: 2017 Hiker’s Choice

Appalachian Trail hiker hostels not only provide showers and beds for weary hikers, they're the source of some of the best AT memories and are a

Dec 31, 2017 : The Editors
The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Over $100

The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Over $100

The holiday season is upon us. And what better way to gear up for your thru-hike than to ask people to give you things? Just kidding... sort of. We

Dec 6, 2017 : The Editors
The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

The holiday season is upon us. And what better way to gear up for your thru-hike than to ask people to give you things? Just kidding... sort of. We

Dec 4, 2017 : The Editors
The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The holiday season is upon us. And what better way to gear up for your thru-hike than to ask people to give you things? Just kidding... sort of. We

Dec 1, 2017 : The Editors
10 Quotes and Trail Photos to Inspire Your Next Adventure

10 Quotes and Trail Photos to Inspire Your Next Adventure

Looking for a boost to get you out the door after work? A pick-me-up as you await your upcoming thru-hike? Something to set as your phone background

Nov 29, 2017 : The Editors
2017 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Most Memorable Photos

2017 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Most Memorable Photos

When a thru-hike is over, what do you have left? The journey might have ended, but the experience lives on in memories, and stories, and photos.

Nov 22, 2017 : The Editors