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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
Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the PCT

Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the PCT

This time last year, I started walking toward Canada on the PCT. I walked into camp that first night with as much dignity as I could muster, wondering if maybe...

Apr 16, 2018 : Brooke Eller
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Dealing With Post-Trail Depression

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Dealing With Post-Trail Depression

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to our fifth Mailbag with National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. But the real reason we love JPD and ask for her input? For such an...

Apr 11, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Fabrics

Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Fabrics

Waterproof fabric technology has come a long way since its humble complicated chemical beginnings in Bob Gore's laboratory. I'll spare you the details of how intermolecular forces prevent water

Apr 7, 2018 : Stacia Bennett
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
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
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Leaving Family Behind During Long Hikes

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Leaving Family Behind During Long Hikes

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to our fourth Mailbag with National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. She has authored incredible hikes with small children, but you don’t have to hold yourself to

Mar 27, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Eat, Dammit: 5 Strategies to Optimize Your Caloric Intake During a Thru-Hike

Eat, Dammit: 5 Strategies to Optimize Your Caloric Intake During a Thru-Hike

When I finished my thru-hike and sat down to write articles that doled out the hard-earned wisdom of a past thru-hiker, I decided I was not going to pass on...

Mar 16, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Appalachian Trail State Profile: Georgia

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Georgia

 The AT in Georgia is 79 miles long, starting at Springer Mountain outside Dahlonega, and stretching to the North Carolina border right before Bly Gap. Terrain Long, sweeping climbs to...

Mar 13, 2018 : The Editors
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Solo Hiking Vs. Companion Travel

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Solo Hiking Vs. Companion Travel

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to our third Mailbag with National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. She has authored  A hiker’s connection to the forest is can also be closer without other

Mar 10, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis