Thru-Hiking Culture

183 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

183 Glorious 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

Each year, we invite Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to send us their finish photos, whether they’re lifting their pack over their head atop Katahdin, touching the sign at Springer, or giving...

Dec 12, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

129 Glorious 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

Here at The Trek, we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations on your incredible journey. Whether you started in the desert, at the Canadian border, or somewhere in the...

Dec 11, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

I didn't expect it. At first, civilization was a welcome respite from hiking in snow, ice, and smoke.  Hot meals and warm showers galore. Not stinking all the time. Wearing—gasp!—mascara....

Dec 10, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
Hiking Across America Means Hiking Through a Divided Nation

Hiking Across America Means Hiking Through a Divided Nation

Last summer I embarked on a hike that led me over the hallowed grounds of the Civil War. Stone tablets marking significant sites along my route had themselves become historical...

Dec 10, 2018 : Maximilian Armstrong
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week. This week features photos

Nov 29, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
Prepare for, and Learn from, the Unexpected

Prepare for, and Learn from, the Unexpected

Hikers spend months to years planning their thru-hike. When should I set my start date? How much time should I take off from work? What backpack should I use? Should...

Nov 29, 2018 : Ashley Samuel
When They Name the Wilderness: A Briefing on Toponyms

When They Name the Wilderness: A Briefing on Toponyms

When I was writing a guidebook to the 240-mile Trans Adirondack Route, History Inside the Blue Line and Place Names of the White Mountains and

Nov 28, 2018 : Erik Schlimmer
Lone Wolves to Trail Families: Who’s Who in the Thru-Hiking Social Dynamic

Lone Wolves to Trail Families: Who’s Who in the Thru-Hiking Social Dynamic

A large and integral part of a thru-hike is the social aspect.  As with most human endeavors, there's a broad spectrum of interest—some people are in this for the scenery,...

Nov 25, 2018 : Smokebeard
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers!

A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to feature the photo of you crossing the finish line! This

Nov 18, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week. This week features photos

Nov 12, 2018 : Becky Booroojian