Taking Stock with a Zero in Franklin

Taking Stock with a Zero in Franklin

Sitting on the sidewalk with friends, outside the pharmacy killing time until the outfitter opens, I reflect on the past week and a half. I wasn’t sure how my body...

Mar 20, 2018 : Victor Perrotti
How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

Shortly before I left for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016, I kept fantasizing about how my body was going to become “better” as a result of exercising all day,...

Mar 19, 2018 : Janel Healy
Forced off the Trail, but the Sun Still Shines, and Mountains Stand Tall

Forced off the Trail, but the Sun Still Shines, and Mountains Stand Tall

Day Six, March 18 Today was a roller-coaster of highs and lows. Mentally it was all good; I’m loving it out here, walking through the mountains and woods. But, physically...

Mar 19, 2018 : Adam Smith
Backpacker Radio Episode #6: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail

Backpacker Radio Episode #6: Steven “Twinkle” Shattuck on Dirt-Bagging for a Year, The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking, and Curing Anxiety on Trail

For most, disappearing to the trail for a month or two is a dream vacation.  Serial thru-hiker and peak bagger Steven "Twinkle" Shattuck and his wife Grace are about to...

Mar 19, 2018 : Zach
What Do Mice Do in Their Free Time?

What Do Mice Do in Their Free Time?

It’s been over a week of trail life. I’ve met tons of people - some who are still hiking and some who have already quit. I’ve finally found a group...

Mar 19, 2018 : Allie Bull
Nervous Excitement as D-Day Approaches

Nervous Excitement as D-Day Approaches

Bubbles of 2018 thru-hiker hopefuls have begun their long pilgrimage north.  Some have already fallen to the wayside, while others press on through cold and wet wintry conditions.  Meanwhile, Cole

Mar 19, 2018 : Sheila Jackson-Taylor
Some Reflections on Hiking, Then and Now

Some Reflections on Hiking, Then and Now

It has been more than 30 years since my introduction to the world of long-distance hiking. My first wide-eyed adventures on the Appalachian Trail as a young man left me...

Mar 19, 2018 : Roy
Compiling the Soundtrack to My Journey

Compiling the Soundtrack to My Journey

Sitting on the plane, about to embark on what I hope will be the greatest adventure of my life so far, my feet won't stop tapping. Tap, tap, tap. I'm...

Mar 19, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Lessons Learned From a Successful FKT Attempt

Lessons Learned From a Successful FKT Attempt

Recently, I completed an unsupported FKT attempt of the 255-kilometer Beşparmak Trail in the Part 1 and FKT announcement post, one of the main reasons for attempting this feat was...

Mar 19, 2018 : Brandon Chase
Sights, Sounds, and Silence: Hiking the PCT Headphone-Free

Sights, Sounds, and Silence: Hiking the PCT Headphone-Free

No Strings Attached We live in a world with gadgets and gizmos aplenty, more than even the Little Mermaid had in her collection. Alexa makes our to-do lists, TVs are...

Mar 19, 2018 : Linnea Delucchi