Thru-Hiking Culture

The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

I was alone, hurrying to Vermillion Valley Resort to make the 4 pm ferry. I crossed Bear Creek (a.k.a. big-ass river) on a massive log, and then I charged into some...

Feb 15, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
Faces of Hot Springs: Mayor Sidney Harrison

Faces of Hot Springs: Mayor Sidney Harrison

If you're a NOBO thru-hiker fortunate enough to survive everything the trail has thrown at you thus far, congratulations are in order as you enter Hot Springs, for you have...

Feb 15, 2018 : Bloodhound
Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Rangeley, Maine

Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Rangeley, Maine

The Trail Town Spotlight series is back, this time coming from Rangeley, Maine! This town sits at NOBO mile 1,967 (SOBO mile 220). Coming from Gorham, NH (mile 1,891), NOBOs...

Feb 14, 2018 : James Cape
Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail

Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail

Anyone who thru-hikes can probably regurgitate information about their favorite food locations along the trail. Thru-hikes are, in their purest essence, jaunts from town to town to eat food.

Feb 12, 2018 : Silent Bob
Stories from the Trail Episode 4: Daniel Needs a Trail Name

Stories from the Trail Episode 4: Daniel Needs a Trail Name

What questions would you have if you were about to go on your first ever overnight backpacking trip in the woods? Join Green Giant and Voldemort in the studio with...

Feb 10, 2018 : Gary Sizer
Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Faces of Hot Springs: Introduction to Hot Springs, NC.

Nestled deep in the Southern Appalachians, surrounded by pristine wilderness, sits an unassuming little town. At mile 275, Hot Springs is the NOBO's first true trail town on the Appalachian...

Feb 10, 2018 : Bloodhound
From the Couch to the AT: In Pursuit of Trail Legs

From the Couch to the AT: In Pursuit of Trail Legs

Those who have done research on a long-distance trail have heard the prophecy of the “Trail Legs.” I always pictured myself starting with limp-noodle legs that became bionic, unstoppable

Feb 9, 2018 : Heather Feather
Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer

Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer

Fastest Known Time attempts (also known as FKTs) are, in the simplest terms, speed records for trails and established routes. Instead of a typical race with formal organization, aid stations,...

Feb 9, 2018 : Brandon Chase
77 Glorious 2017 PCT Thru-Hiker Completion Photos

77 Glorious 2017 PCT 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...

Feb 8, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer
125 Glorious 2017 AT Thru-Hiker Summit Photos

125 Glorious 2017 AT 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...

Feb 6, 2018 : Alexandria Cremer