Thru-Hiking Culture

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts From The #PacificCrestTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts From The #PacificCrestTrail

Each week we showcase our favorite photos from Instagram using the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and #PacificCrestTrail. Here are a few of the best posts for your viewing pleasure from the week

Jun 21, 2018 : Andrea Davis
Pacing Problems: Why I Split Up with My Original Hiking Partner

Pacing Problems: Why I Split Up with My Original Hiking Partner

I always tell people that thru-hiking with someone is bigger than living with someone. Even if you share a tiny studio apartment with an intimate partner, you’ll usually have some...

Jun 12, 2018 : Sarah Karner
Stories From The Trail Ep 12 – AT Trail Days with Zach and Hiking Viking

Stories From The Trail Ep 12 – AT Trail Days with Zach and Hiking Viking

Worlds Collide! This year for Trail Days, Voldemort and I traveled to Damascus, a much longer trip for her! and recorded a joint episode with Zach from Backpacker Radio. (And...

Jun 12, 2018 : Gary Sizer
The Psychological Impact of a Thru-Hike on Children and Adolescents

The Psychological Impact of a Thru-Hike on Children and Adolescents

When considering the most difficult part of a long-distance hike, many thru-hikers cite the mental game. The physical challenges are undeniable, and those thru-hikers who choose to leave the trail

Jun 8, 2018 : Scott
5 Tasty Reasons to Hike the Camino de Santiago

5 Tasty Reasons to Hike the Camino de Santiago

We thru-hike to eat, and to eat whatever we want. Not that I have to twist your arm to want to hike the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route across Spain,...

Jun 3, 2018 : Tide Walker
Hiking with History: Shenandoah National Park

Hiking with History: Shenandoah National Park

For many long-distance hikers, the value of Shenandoah National Park is usually measured in easy trail miles, beautiful views, plentiful black bears, and easily accessible waysides where they can

May 23, 2018 : Hiker Historian (Trailname: “Double H”)
In the End, My Hike Is My Own

In the End, My Hike Is My Own

My friends and I started at Springer Mountain, like most NOBO hikers this year. We stood around and chatted those first few nights, meeting each other, not knowing we would...

May 22, 2018 : Elise Wallace
“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

There’s been a lot of talk recently about "bro culture" on long trails and in the outdoor community in general. Last week, I experienced it firsthand on the Pacific Crest...

May 14, 2018 : Janel Healy
Book Review: “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail”

Book Review: “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail”

"North" is written from the perspectives of Scott and Jenny. This back and forth gives the book an emotional depth that wouldn't be as readily available from just one point...

May 14, 2018 : Tess Mullaney
Happy 50th to the AT, PCT, and National Trails System Act

Happy 50th to the AT, PCT, and National Trails System Act

Who wants some birthday cake? (If you’re currently hiking a trail, that’s a definite yes). This year, 2018, is the 50th birthday of the national scenic trails. This special designation...

May 13, 2018 : Laura Johnston