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The Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022

The Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022

Choosing a tent for your thru-hike is a big deal, but it's also probably the least stressful house shopping experience you'll have over the course of your lifetime. Enjoy it....

Jan 6, 2022 : The Editors
Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About This?! The 5 Hardest Sections of the AT No One Talks About

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About This?! The 5 Hardest Sections of the AT No One Talks About

Because of the hype and fearmongering, I felt mentally prepared to “embrace the suck”.  It was the little talked about sections of trail that really pushed my limits and made...

Jan 4, 2022 : Anna McKinney
Making a Thru-Hiking Documentary – Behind the Scenes

Making a Thru-Hiking Documentary – Behind the Scenes

When I’m old, dying in my warm bed, thinking about my life complete so soon, when all that remains is a flash flood of moments and images of people I...

Dec 29, 2021 : Hollywood
Backcountry Hygiene Tips: An Interview with Two Gynecologists

Backcountry Hygiene Tips: An Interview with Two Gynecologists

When it comes to preparing for a thru-hike or for backpacking in general, hikers with vaginas may have some questions surrounding proper hygiene. A lot of folks don’t have access...

Dec 21, 2021 : Madeline Newel
15 Things 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need to Know

15 Things 2022 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Need to Know

Thru-hiking the AT is a challenging experience, but there are things you can do to make it a bit easier. It’s important to plan ahead before stepping on trail to...

Dec 20, 2021 : Sarah Wolfson
Resupply Dos and Don’ts: Mail Drops, Calorie Goals, Mistakes to Avoid

Resupply Dos and Don’ts: Mail Drops, Calorie Goals, Mistakes to Avoid

"How do you get food?" This was the second most common question I was asked before and during my AT thru-hike (the most common being "Who are you hiking with?")....

Dec 16, 2021 : Ann Marie White
“So What’s Next?” Struggling with Imposter Syndrome After Thru-Hiking

“So What’s Next?” Struggling with Imposter Syndrome After Thru-Hiking

I had just walked from Georgia to Maine, what did they mean ‘what’s next?’ Was this lifelong achievement not enough for the armchair adventurers who virtually followed along on my...

Dec 15, 2021 : Anna McKinney
The Guadalupe Ridge Trail: 102 Miles of High Desert Hiking in West Texas

The Guadalupe Ridge Trail: 102 Miles of High Desert Hiking in West Texas

Agave. Prickly Pear. Catclaw. Lechuguilla. Acacia. All abound on the Guadalupe Ridge Trail, one of America's most challenging yet rewarding desert hikes within the National Parks system. And listen:

Dec 14, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
What to Expect When You Tell Them You’re Hiking

What to Expect When You Tell Them You’re Hiking

When I went public with my plans to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2015, I immediately realized how unprepared I was to handle all the questions, warnings, ‘advice’, and material...

Dec 13, 2021 : Briana DeSanctis
7 Harsh Realities of Thru-Hiking That Caught Me Off-Guard

7 Harsh Realities of Thru-Hiking That Caught Me Off-Guard

Thru-hiking the AT isn't all sunshine and roses. Like most prospective thru-hikers, I knew that going in. Nonetheless, I was still caught off-guard by many of the ridiculous, surprising, and...

Dec 13, 2021 : Kelly Floro