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Why Backpack?

“Go for fun or go for self-reflection, or set out with one intention and return having achieved a different goal altogether. It’s your trip, your hobby, your story.” Sable explores that classic question: Why do you backpack?

How Hiking Transformed my Body Image Issues

“I’m turning 40 this year and I’m having more fun than I did in my 20’s. I’m happier, more fulfilled. I have wrinkles, I’m not teeny tiny anymore, and I have pains I didn’t have before, but I gratefully accept those things because they came from a life well lived.”

Humble Beginnings

I love a good origin story. Sarah shares how she went from being dragged to national parks as a kid, to riding 150 miles on horseback across the Mojave, to her first soggy backpacking trip.

The Call of Nature

In the depths of seasonal depression, Laura applied for a long-shot dream job leading teens in the outdoors. Spoiler alert: she got the job, and now has a whole new set of challenges.

How to Hike Your Own Hike

“I would like to empower anyone reading this to not allow yourself to feel bullied and not to bully others for their choices.” Katrina does a great job of explaining what “Hike Your Own Hike” means – and what it doesn’t.

Grand Canyon Explorations

Author: Amy Neil I’d like to introduce myself. I am the fortunate hiker that lives inside Grand Canyon National Park. After growing up in Australia I moved to the Grand Canyon and have been living and working here for the past 17 years. It’s a wonderful small...

Hiking With a Pack Animal

About the Author: Julia Everheart is a native of Hatteras Island, North Carolina now living near the mountains of north Georgia. She is a hiker and an equestrian, and she combines her two passions by hiking with a donkey named Rusty. She loves encouraging people...

My Africa

About the Author, Morgan McGowan: "Hi, I’m Morgan. I am 29 and live just outside of Boston with my husband of 2 and a half years. I try to appreciate the real things in life, family, friends, and the world. I love to travel and experience different places, cook new...

Idea Underground

To see Tali's other posts click her name above! For some, the time between conceiving the idea to hike the AT and actually beginning to do so is a matter of months or even weeks. For me, it was at least a 20-year process!! (see 1: An Idea)  I mostly kept quiet about...

An Idea

To see Tali's other posts click her name above! In the year 2000 I set foot on the AT for the first time. We were driving along a small road on a family trip with our four children, aged 3-9, and saw a sign denoting a crossing of the Appalachian Trail. I already knew...

Ramblings

About the Author: Ann Wolf, known on the trail as Greeter Two, for her friendly greetings and suggestions, is a semi-retired, very busy and active senior. Greeter Two is a breast cancer survivor, class of 2016, who refuses to settle down, opting instead to pursue...

The Awakening

About the Author: Nina Irene is a mother (of a daughter and two four-legged hiking buddies), wife, professional, volunteer and Jeep girl. She is new to the more expansive hiking trails, but determined to explore, learn and conquer. “Do or not do. There is no...

Hiking Is Mine

About the Author: Amy has three amazing sons who have all served their country in the US Air Force.  Andrew is currently serving as Tech Sergeant. Alex served as an Air Traffic Controller before being hired by the FAA. Evan is currently attending THE Ohio State...

Why I Hike

About the Author, Dee Fournier: I grew up in Maine in small coastal town called Cape Elizabeth with my 4 other siblings. I am "tied" with being the youngest, as I have a twin brother - I'm 5 minutes older than him.  I believe growing up in Maine grounded me....