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6 Characteristics of Successful Thru Hikers

Fitness / Hiking : Appalachian Trials

Before I stepped foot on the Appalachian Trail as a thru hiker attempting to reach Katahdin, I was convinced that I was going to meet a lot of people who were very similar to me. Surely the type of person who wanted to walk in the w...

The Heaviest Pack on the Appalachian Trail? A Tribute to Uhaul

Fitness / Hiking : Appalachian Trials

So, who is Uhaul? Whenever I talk or write about pack weight, I can’t help but think about Uhaul, a 2011 AT hiker. He was one of those hikers you hear about along the trail before you meet them in person. Some hikers attract trail n...

“You’ve Got Some Explaining To Do”

Fitness / Hiking : Appalachian Trials

From the second I began announcing to people that I was attempting a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, I have been flooded with support. From talking to other hikers, I have found out that I am very lucky in the fact that I receiv...

habits and rituals of thru hikers

Fitness / Hiking :

Thru hiker Carlie Gentry, who works at REI, put together a funny photo essay on the habits and rituals of her kind on the trail – A Scientific Explanation of Hiker Trash (in 25 Images) :-)

Deciding on Kicking it Solo or Selecting a Hiking Buddy on Your Next Thru Hike

Fitness / Hiking : Appalachian Trials

Some thru hikers brave it alone when packing up and walking into the woods on their own path to discovery. Others choose the company of a friend, family member, significant other, or man’s best friend. I found hiking with my spouse ...


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