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Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

One of the universal characteristics of people who love the outdoors is that we enthusiastically lean into discomfort.  The outdoors community is mostly white, which has allowed us the privilege

Jun 3, 2020 : The Editors
Are the Triple Crown Trails Getting Some Much Needed Recovery? It’s Complicated.

Are the Triple Crown Trails Getting Some Much Needed Recovery? It’s Complicated.

Every year, millions of people step onto the country’s long-distance trails, but this year many sections of the AT, PCT, and CDT remain dormant. The disappointing start to the 2020...

May 14, 2020 : Alex Murphy
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking partner decided to camp at Pen Mar Park....

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
How to Support Small Businesses on the AT, PCT, and CDT

How to Support Small Businesses on the AT, PCT, and CDT

Here at The Trek, we've been working on finding a way to support our small-town communities and businesses that depend on the annual influx of hikers. Below we've linked several...

Apr 22, 2020 : Sydney Brehm
Leaving the PCT Because of COVID-19: A Day-by-Day Breakdown

Leaving the PCT Because of COVID-19: A Day-by-Day Breakdown

A few weeks ago I decided to quit the PCT because of COVID-19. It sucks, but I’m one of the lucky ones. I still have a home, a job, and...

Apr 14, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

"Every time I paint a picture from the PCT I absolutely feel connected to the trail.  I started painting the PCT to keep part of the feeling of the trail...

Apr 14, 2020 : Katie Kommer
The 2020 Hiking Season Through the Eyes of a Trail Angel

The 2020 Hiking Season Through the Eyes of a Trail Angel

Trail closures aren’t anything new in the hiking community. Obstacles like high levels of snow or fallen trees struck down by storms regularly take hikers off trail. However, ‘in the...

Apr 13, 2020 : Page Gardner
Trevor’s Eternal Trail

Trevor’s Eternal Trail

This is a guest post courtesy of Doug Laher. Doug's son, Trevor, passed away on March 27, 2020, during his PCT thru-hike. Writer's Note: Trevor slipped on a patch of...

Apr 1, 2020 : Guest Post
Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

(Updated 12:30 p.m. MT, April 1) Director of Communications and Marketing for the PCTA, Scott Wilkinson has stated: "What we're now telling the hiking community is to stay off the...

Mar 31, 2020 : The Editors
The Attempt Episode 12: “It’s Possible if We Just Try It”

The Attempt Episode 12: “It’s Possible if We Just Try It”

SHOW NOTES Benjamin comes home and looks back on his time on the trail. And also, a few surprises.   The Attempt is sponsored by Gossamer Gear, manufacturers of functional...

Mar 31, 2020 : Julia Drachman