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Stuff! Gear! Things! SOBO!

Search “Appalachian Trail Thru-hike gear list” …not bringing rain pants or extra underwear. Psh. Search “Ultralight gear list” No google. I need the warmer sleeping bag. Ugh. Search “Super Ultralight Gear list” Seriously White blaze? Cut off the pack straps? BAREFOOT HIKING?!  Fine. Osprey has a warranty anyways. And my feet aren’t really that important.......

Gear Review: Bedrock Cairn Minimalist Sandals

Bedrock Sandals is launching their new Cairn Minimalist Sandals on May 31st. If you're a minimalist, if you like to air out your feet, if you spend a lot of time in the water, or if you just love new gear, check them out!...

National Geographic Appalachian Trail Map Set

National Geographic has recently published a thirteen map set covering the entire Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Maine’s Mt Katahdin. These high quality maps are waterproof paper designed with the backpacker in mind. Show More Summary

Check Out The Falls

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Hiking Forward

This is the first post of our newest Hiking Forward Correspondent Denise Archetto. Learn more about Denise on here Profile page. Between 1.5-2 hours from Boston, grab your swim suit, your hiking shoes, and get ready soak up the sun at Chapel Brook Falls. Show More Summary

Miles 500-700: Massie Gap to Lost Spectacle Gap

After Massie Gap, we remained in the Grayson Highlands for a few more miles.  Wild ponies abound!  We visited the historic life stock corrals called the “Scales” and went up and down in hills and valleys.  Partnership Shelter at Mt Rogers Visitor Center was a highlight because they deliver pizza to the shelter!  From there,......

White blazes, And The Lack There Of

Sometimes its impossible to get turned around out here, and sometimes it's impossible not to....

300 Miles: A Little Rain. A Little Rocks. And Lots Of Myles.

2016 Flip Flop: SNP to ME/SNP to GA Soon after reaching the 200 milestone, I painstakingly picked my way through a flag-marked, lichen-encrusted boulder field that is the Appalachian Trail in this rocky section of Maryland. I am in awe of the AT speed record holders who had to navigate the same rocky obstacle course,......

season 1; episode 5 (we leave for maine in two days!)

I have been meaning to write a post for the past few weeks and should have done so sooner. You’ll quickly understand, though, that a major theme for me these days has been procrastination. It’s not that I haven’t been writing, but I have found it overwhelming to write about our preparation when we still...

Native Eyewear Giveaway

It is time for a giveaway! The awesome folks from Native Eyewear have partnered with us to give you a pair of awesome glasses from their new 2016 Sun Collection. With different size, frame and lens options available, seven new styles have been introduced for 2016. Enter to win today! The post Native Eyewear Giveaway appeared first on Hiking The Trail.

Weeks 6 and 7: I Walk the (State) Line

When we last checked in, I had just completed the Smokies, and dealing with some emotional roller coaster days that envied the pointless ups and downs of the Trail itself. I had ended my Smokies journey with a stay at Standing Bear Hostel before getting back on the road. I’ve started to notice a new......

When it rains, it pours

Trail Days came at an interesting time on the trail. The trail was starting to wear on me and it was a good weekend off to spend with old and new friends. However, it wasn’t much of a break. There were so many giveaways, chores to do, and friends to see that the weekend passed......

Trail Days 2016: One Experience

Trail Days Festival is a magical time for thru hikers! For 30 years, Damascus has honored hikers with a weekend event. Current hikers get off the trail and congregate there and past hikers reunite. There were endless possibilities of things to do.  This blog is a chronicle of our experience at Trail Days 2016. Life......

Sponsors and Charities

There’s no getting around it. Thru hiking is expensive. Gear, food, and hostels can set you back thousands of dollars. Add those expenses up with your car insurance, bills, and rent/mortgage while you’re away and a 6 month adventure can end up costing a small fortune. You can attempt to alleviate some of the financial......

Half-way or Halfway?

Are we Half-way or Halfway? Rambo and I have walked over 1100 miles to get here which means we are done with half of the trail. In the great words of Drake, “Started from the bottom, now we’re here!” Okay, so he’s not that great at all or really anything that he does. We are......

How to Give and Get help with your hike.

There’s no getting around it. Thru hiking is expensive. Gear, food, and hostels can set you back thousands of dollars. Add those expenses up with your car insurance, bills, and rent/mortgage while you’re away and a 6 month adventure can end up costing a small fortune. You can attempt to alleviate some of the financial......

Zero Day

Waynesboro VA I realized that I haven’t taken a complete zero day for one month. And my body, especially my feet, have been crying out for a rest. So Boomer and I are chilling out on this hot day. A great town – four, yes for laundromats within walking distance of my hotel! Already a......

Make the Whole Trip That Way

I’m sitting next to the Nolichucky River near Erwin, TN, approximately 340 miles and exactly 44 days from my start at Springer Mountain. Bird chirps punctuate the low, soft whoosh of river water over rocks. Sun filters sparsely through dense pines and the occasional maple. I’ve walked a half mile from the hostel for solitude......

A Marathon Day

(My phone was dead for this entire day so please enjoy unrelated pretty AT photos). On May 25th, I had my one month trail-iversary. I’ve been reading AppalachianTrials for years and was always so impressed when people hit that mark. Someone who’s made it a month probably has their system figured out, has their trail......

A Few Thoughts on the Tragic Death of Geraldine “Inchworm” Largay

It was the summer of 2013 when Geraldine “Inchworm” Largay was first reported missing on the Appalachian Trail.  She had been seen on the morning of her disappearance at the Appalachian Trail’s Poplar Ridge Lean-To in Western Maine.  A search party consisting of “about 130 people, some with dogs, horses, ATVs and aircraft” sprawled the area......

Sometimes I Fly Like an Eagle Sometimes I’m Deep in Despair: Hot Springs to Mile 407.6

We spent two blissful zero days in Hot Springs enjoying the local food and the company of trail family. When we walked out of town the next morning I felt completely refreshed and ready to tackle whatever the trail threw at us. The onslaught started right away. The trail north of town had been closed......

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