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Tips for Hiking Scotland’s West Highland Way

Tips for Hiking Scotland’s West Highland Way

Last winter we reviewed Saoirse “Story” Ibargüen’s favorite gear for an AT thru-hike. This time, Story is going trans-Atlantic to provide you with some tips on how to hike Scotland's...

Jun 10, 2021 : Jacob Deutsch
Hiker Spotlight with Lyla Harrod: Trans-Continental AT Adventurer

Hiker Spotlight with Lyla Harrod: Trans-Continental AT Adventurer

Here at The Trek, sometimes we can run a bit gear-heavy or focus steadily on the trail beat; that’s why we’ve decided to highlight some of the incredible hikers on...

May 26, 2021 : Katie Houston
Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

As CDC guidelines lift across the country for vaccinated individuals, thru-hiking season is finally kicking into high gear. Most NOBO hikers are facing down the heat and long water carries...

May 25, 2021 : Katie Houston
How To Stay Safe While Hiking at High Elevation

How To Stay Safe While Hiking at High Elevation

Planning to trade green tunnels for alpine views this summer? High elevation hiking can lead you to pristine and breathtaking scenes that feel like you’re in a dream. From alpine...

May 3, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

If you're on this site, you love long-distance hiking trails. (There's no debate about this one. We see you, hiker trash.) There are tons of incredible hikers out there tagging...

Apr 29, 2021 : Katie Houston
Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring notable walks and walkers from history, literature, and film. If not for the sleuthing of a famous Pacific Crest Trail...

Apr 8, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
We All Have Demons, Get Ready to Face Them or Your Pre-Hike Reading List

We All Have Demons, Get Ready to Face Them or Your Pre-Hike Reading List

Why Are You Hiking the AT? - the question we can't fully answer. The most common question that is asked of anyone before they leave for a thru-hike is “Why?”...

Jan 8, 2021 : David Smith
If I try to beat the Appalachian Trail, the Appalachian Trail will beat me

If I try to beat the Appalachian Trail, the Appalachian Trail will beat me

For those of you that've been following me along since my first post. You will remember that I talked about three separate lists I have written in my journal. The...

Jan 5, 2021 : Wandering Geo
My January 4th Resolution – Minus 10 Pounds Before I Leave for the AT

My January 4th Resolution – Minus 10 Pounds Before I Leave for the AT

I am an admitted gram weenie but not the most extreme type of ultralight backpacker.   These examples can give you some idea of where I fit into the world of...

Jan 4, 2021 : David Smith
Early preparations for the trails end.

Early preparations for the trails end.

It's not the beginning but the end. With starting a journey that will take me me roughly six months to complete, it almost seems pointless to think about the end....

Jan 1, 2021 : Wandering Geo