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This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #PacificCrestTrail

Thru-hiking season is in full throttle on the #PCT! And there are some great photos floating around thanks to all the hikers out there! Unfortunately, if you are reading this right now, you probably aren’t out on the trail (thanks for reading if you are!). Good news, this is the next best thing! If you’d......

Experience Grand Teton National Park in 8K [Video]

Have you ever been awestruck? Maybe you saw a view that made you light headed and tingly. Part of you felt frantic, because you knew that you weren’t fully absorbing the entirety of the beauty in front of you, while another part was at total peace. You may have tried to take both mental and......

Week 23: I Did It!!

After 2189.1 miles, 14 states, and 160 days, I did it! On August 25 (also the 100th birthday of the National Park Services), I summited the Big Kahuna, Katahdin, and partook in my much awaited photo shoot. Now sitting in the real world where you can take 3 showers in 3 days and don’t have......

White Mountain Adventures

The White Mountains are... different. As a thru hiker, you’re warned. You’re told it’s going to be a whole new game. But there’s really no way to imagine it until you see it. Trails are not trails in the White Mountains. Trails are paths defined by stone cairns. I use the term...

More Than Just Parks: Beholding National Parks in Under 5 Minutes

Have you ever been awestruck? Maybe you saw a view that made you light headed and tingly. Part of you felt frantic, because you knew that you weren’t fully absorbing the entirety of the beauty in front of you, while another part was at total peace. You may have tried to take both mental and......

Week 4 – Stratton to Rangeley

Heat exhaustion is starting to resolve, feet are doing great, and the weather adds the third challenge! Day 22 (7:36am – 11:30am and 4:30pm-6:30pm, 11.6 total miles) Today marks the start of some challenging weather.  The report is calling for rain, hail, and thunder showers today, oh boy!  Carrie and I originally planed on taking......

Wild Beginnings & Future Happenings

The Gratitude. I have a policy that gratitude is where all good things begin and end. So let’s begin this beauty with some good ol’ gratitude. I’ve conquered a fair share of demons in my 23 years; the trail is not going to be one of them. The trail is a pure gift, an opportunity,......

Toyota Donates $1 Million to Help Fund New Yellowstone Youth Campus

Toyota Donates $1 Million to Help Fund New Yellowstone Youth Campus  Campus Will Be First Regenerative Campus of Living Buildings in a National Park  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (Aug. 25, 2016) –  Online gaming or using social media apps...Show More Summary

Congratulations to This Week’s Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 8.22.2016)

It’s that time of year again! The time where thru-hikers are crossing the finish line; 2,189 miles of joy, blood, sweat, tears, and ice cream. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is a truly monumental achievement- and we want to showcase your glory right here on AppalachianTrials.com! If you’ve completed your thru-hike, send us your Katahdin summit......

Chasing Happiness

I’m currently sitting in a hammock at a hostel on the precipice of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. With less than 400 miles left, it’s hard not to think about how close we are to the end. It’s a subtle shift, but we’re all starting to talk about it: logistical plans for the 100...

Treat Your Dog Right

If you haven't been following me long... let me introduce you to my best pal Boston. Boston and I spend a great deal of time together. See, I work from home so when I am not traveling for work he is not just my dog and best bud but also my co-worker. Show More Summary

The Trades

My Pre-hike gear list, was promising, the things traded: 27 miles into my hike my Vasque Monolith Mid boots ripped. I switched to Alture, after they came highly recommended by the owners of Laguna MT Sports. Sadly, after twisting my ankle less than 150 miles later, I switched once again to a pair Keen Targhee......

Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail

“Might well, instead of ‘Appalachian Trail’, have been termed, ‘The Anonymous Trail,’ in recognition of the fact that many, many people…have labored on [it]. They have asked for no return nor recognition nor reward. They have contributed to the project simply by reasons of the pleasure found in trail-making and in the realization that they......

Plantar Fasciitis and Compression Socks

As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with Plantar Fasciitis this summer, an overuse injury of the foot that associated with heel pain and severe foot cramping.  The pain is caused by the inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to the ball of your foot. Show More Summary

Fossil Falls, Kananaskis Country

An off trail adventure. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Trip report details $5.

Canada’s Great Divide Trail

The Great Divide Trail (GDT), is a wilderness hiking trail in the Canadian Rockies. The trail closely follows the Great Divide between Alberta and British Columbia, crossing the divide no fewer than 30 times. It begins in Waterton Lakes National … Continue reading ?

Top Ramen — It’s what’s for Dinner (maybe)

If Top Ramen doesn't sit well with your stomach, what other choices to you have as a AT Thru Hike mainstay?...

3 Ways to Fight the Spread of Invasive Species

A few years ago, I took a trip to New Zealand to hike around the South Island. It was a phenomenal adventure that I had been looking forward to for years, and the week before my plane left I spent every evening taking all of my hiking and outdoor gear out of my gear closet…

The Waiting Place

So what happens when you’re not gone a long, long time? What happens when injury or heartbreak forces you back home before you’re finished? Before the metamorphosis has fully taken hold and wrought the change you wanted?...

The End.

It’s been almost a month since I have summited Katahdin and being that it is the 100th birthday of the National Parks, I figured it was time to attempt and organize my highly disordered thoughts about finishing the trail and being off trail. Before I start please let me be clear – I am internally......

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