Thru-Hiking Culture

Losing Light: Joe McConaughy’s Long Trail FKT Documentary

Losing Light: Joe McConaughy’s Long Trail FKT Documentary

On June 10, 2020, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy set the self-supported Fastest Known Time on Vermont's 273-mile Long Trail (4 days, 23 hours,...

Jun 7, 2021 : Brandon Chase
The Eastern Divide Trail: A 5500-Mile Bikepacking Route in the Making

The Eastern Divide Trail: A 5500-Mile Bikepacking Route in the Making

BIKEPACKING.com recently announced the creation of a new long-distance trail - the Eastern Divide Trail (EDT). Once completed, the 5,500-mile trail will be the longest contiguous bikepacking route in

Jun 2, 2021 : Jacob Deutsch
The Longest Trail

The Longest Trail

  The following is a guest post by Jonathan Horwitz. It originally appeared on USC StorySpace. In 1972, California voters mandated the creation of a coastal trail from Oregon all...

Jun 1, 2021 : Guest Post
Hiker Spotlight with Alice Wu: From the Seas of Service to the Deserts of the PCT

Hiker Spotlight with Alice Wu: From the Seas of Service to the Deserts of the PCT

If you ask any hiker what their favorite part of a thru-hike is (besides that feeling when you see trail magic at the road crossing up ahead) nine times out...

May 19, 2021 : Katie Houston
8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, I became one of many thru-hikers to get involved with vanlife. As is often the case, getting back into the swing of "real life" wasn't...

Apr 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Cindy Ross is a triple-crowner, writer, and founder of River House PA, a non-profit dedicated to taking veterans outdoors. Her new book, Walking Toward Peace: Veterans Healing on America’s Trails...

Apr 15, 2021 : Tina Mullen
How the Long Trail Restored My Sanity in the Time of Covid

How the Long Trail Restored My Sanity in the Time of Covid

Ever since my successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2019, I knew I would find myself hiking another long trail in the future. I made it happen, and...

Apr 9, 2021 : Julia Gladstein
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
Trekking While Asian: An AAPI Perspective

Trekking While Asian: An AAPI Perspective

Disappointing my ancestors and challenging western stereotypes one literal step at a time.

Mar 19, 2021 : Alice Wu
5 Reasons Why I Chose to Flip-Flop the Appalachian Trail

5 Reasons Why I Chose to Flip-Flop the Appalachian Trail

Most of my fellow Trek bloggers have either begun their NOBOs or are fixing to start soon. Meanwhile, I'm still at home, months away from my start date. I'd be...

Mar 11, 2021 : Austin Hays: Goblin