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Patrice (and her inflatable unicorn) are flying through the Whites. Although she admits the climbs and descents are tough and slow, she’s making smart use of work-for-stay at the huts (and their snacks!).
The end of summer is always bittersweet, but especially for Katie. It’s back-to-school time for her, but she managed to complete 50 days of hiking and almost 700 miles of the AT.
Leah wraps up her weeklong hike on the West Highland Way in Scotland with more charming towns, unpredictable weather, and gorgeous mountain scenery.
In this update from the AT, Amy tackles the infamous White Mountains and heads into Maine. The terrain is brutal but she can hear Katahdin calling her name.
Patrice is loving New England trail life! In this update, she stays at the Yellow Deli hostel, encounters loads of trail magic and farms stands, and loves on Vermont and New Hampshire (so far).
Leah takes us on a journey through the Scottish highlands with her the second installment of her West Highland Way trail journal.
Katie has had an amazing summer of section-hiking the AT. With this latest chunk, she adds Vermont to the other states she’s completed.
AT southbounder Z has left the trail. Find out about the awful night that caused her to leave and what’s going on in her head. Bonus – it includes audio!
Despite some jet lag, Leah is off to a gorgeous and satisfying start on the West Highland Way in Scotland! Read the first three days of her trail journal here.
Julia took her 10-year-old daughter on a one-night camping trip in north Georgia. Despite a flat tire, they got in some quality mother-daughter forest bonding time.
This is a short and sweet cautionary tale about testing your footwear before you commit to a big hike!
AT thru-hiker Amy hikes in 5 states in only about 3 weeks in this trail update! The heat and rain are wearing her down, but she’s into the White Mountains and feels her Katahdin goal inching closer.
Ann AKA Greeter Two has been chipping away at AT miles for several years now. After completing this Vermont section, she’s over 900! Read up on her muddy, steep, social, and satisfying experience.
AT thru-hiker Patrice is now 3/4 of the way through her adventure. She’s entered Vermont, and while the weather is starting to cool off, she’s still loving trail life with her tramily.
Deb is prepping for her Northbound solo John Muir Trail thru-hike starting in a few short weeks! She’s conditioning, picking out her playlist, and working on facing her fears.
Laura has an amazing job leading YMCA youth trips into the wilderness. Her very first trip tested everything she learned in training – and taught her the meaning of “Type 2 fun”.
Yvette’s section hike of the New Mexico part of the CDT is coming up fast. The self-proclaimed “overkill, Type A personality” is prepping and planning – and dealing with some fears.
Patrice hikes through 3 states in this update. She’s dealing with bugs, bugs, and more bugs, plus heat and stomach issues, but she also experiences some glorious trail magic along the way.
Southbound LASHer Katie wraps up her 41-day section by crossing into Vermont, making new friends, and enjoying lots of trail magic.
Momma in the Mountains had epic plans for a 6-day hike with her toddler and dog. It didn’t quite work out – read on to find out what went wrong and how she’s dealing.
Katie has been on trail just over a month now hiking Southbound. In her latest update, she breezes through the rest of the Whites (with the help of some trail magic) and wraps up New Hampshire!
Jersey girl Patrice has hiked from Georgia to get home! While hiking through her home state was a little bittersweet, moving on to New York has renewed her love for the adventure of the trail.
Katie enters the notorious White Mountains of New Hampshire! She experiences it all – tough climbs, gorgeous views, and the “Dungeon” at Lake of the Clouds hut.
Amy is zooming up the mid-Atlantic! She starts this post climbing Lehigh Gap at Day 100 and finishes ten days later on a beach in New York. Check in with how she’s doing!
Laura landed a dream job for the summer leading youth backpacking trips for the YMCA. In this piece she shares the training she had to go through. As she reminds herself, “You will be challenged. You will be humbled. This will be worthwhile. You will make a difference in a young person’s life.”
Katie wraps up the last few days of Maine, including the famed Mahoosuc Notch, the “hardest / most fun mile of the AT.” Not it’s on the New Hampshire!
Most AT thru-hikers get to Pennsylvania and get frustrated. Not Patrice! Despite the bugs, the heat, and big mile days, she’s loving PA life.
Z has made it to Millinocket, Maine to start her SoBo hike, but she’s having some cultural struggles with life on the trail. She’s gotten stuck in a different kind of bubble, and she’s having trouble shaking it.
Leah shares a beautifully-written and thoughtful piece about why she keeps coming back to the AT, even after some hard sections. When people ask you Why You Hike, what’s your answer?
Katie continues south through some of the most beautiful parts of Maine. In this update, she gets to spend 2 days solo, and the experiences she has are worth all the aches in her feet.
SOBO AT hiker Katie shares some wisdom behind trying bigger miles, and why she doesn’t feel rested after a zero. No regrets!
AT thru-hiker Patrice has completed half the trail! In this update, she contemplates the simplicity of trail life and the fears (rational or otherwise) of hiking alone, and shares what her experience of visiting home felt like.
“I defy my aging by going into the world and let it teach me I can climb a mountain, that I can live without the comforts of home and still be happy, that I’m not defined by relationships of family and close friends, but that I will meet others who care when I step out into that world.” Dami shares her experience from a 30 day PCT desert section hike.
Thru-hiker Amy is covering a LOT of ground – literally! In this update, she takes us from Shenandoah, through Harper’s Ferry, and into Pennsylvania. There are ups, downs, trail magic, rain, and a lot of feelings.
Momma in the Mountains took a break from backpacking trip planning to support her husband in the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race. Read about her experience and prepare to be inspired!
Katie takes a much-deserved Zero in Monson, Maine, after a week of hard SoBo hiking – and inspires some pancake envy.
Lynne always provides fabulous trip reports and gorgeous photos. This piece, about her trip to Georgia (the one in Europe) is no exception. Ready to be inspired? Check it out!
SoBo Katie completes the 100 Mile Wilderness! Find out how she handled rain, mosquitos, tough terrain, and river fords.
Dami successfully completed 52 hikes in 52 weeks. Here she shares some reflection on what she learned from the experience (and a video to go with it!)
Z is prepping for her rapidly approaching SoBo AT thru-hike start. The biggest thing to get settled: how to set up care for her beloved cat while she’s away.
And she’s off! Katie begins her SOBO section hike strong, with a Katahdin summit and a few big days into the Hundred Mile Wilderness.
AT thru-hiker Patrice is zooming up the East Coast! In this update, she finishes not one but three states, passes the unofficial halfway point, and talks ticks and town days.
Yvette shares how she went from unable to hike a quarter mile, to hiking a marathon, to planning a CDT section hike with her son. Come be inspired by her optimism and determination!
Melanie is prepping for a thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail – with her 14-pound rescue, JoJo. Find out what extra steps she’s taking to slow down, prepare for this hike, and keep J safe.
If you love food and gear layout photos, this piece from Momma in the Mountains is for you. It’s got it all – mom’s stuff, toddler’s stuff, AND dog’s stuff. Quite a Colorado adventure coming up!
This one from soon-to-be SOBO AT thru-hiker Z is is not just text, but audio! Her partner broke up with her right before they start separate thru-hikes. She’s using her words – and her voice – to share how that feels, and it’s honest and beautiful.
Katie is feeling the nerves on the night before her AT LASH. And she’s starting in one heck of a place… Mt. Katahdin! Take a peek at what the day before a SOBO start looks like.
Patrice has completed Shenandoah National Park! She visited as a young girl and always dreamed of being a thru-hiker through this section. Read all about her experiences!
“What is life! This gets to be my daily chore! I get to do this every night. What a simple task. How cool is it that my nightly routine is getting water?! How could I be so lucky!” Patrice is loving AT trail life in VA.
AT thru-hiker Amy is more than a third of the way through and has finished Shenandoah! She’s living out some wise words she heard: “It never gets easier, you just do more miles.” Check in to see how she’s dealing with rain, ticks, and big mile days.
2019 AT flip-flop thru-hiker Mary is one month and 300 miles in! Despite a strained ankle and bronchitis, she has an amazing attitude and has conquered “Rocksylvania”.
Meet our new AT thru-hiker blogger “Z”! She’ll be hiking SoBo, and has an interesting idea about the conversations she’ll have on the trail. Have you ever asked or answered her “Backpacker 4”?
Momma in the Mountains is getting closer to her 7-day backpacking trip with her toddler. In addition to her own needs, she has to think about her little guy – find out what she’s considering!
Patrice is 1/3 of the way through her AT thru-hike! Here she does a breakdown of her gear reviews so far, and some reflections on Tramily and challenges.
New guest writer Dami is not only an experienced hiker herself, but she also lives in a town along the PCT and has seen plenty of thru-hikers come through. Read her thoughtful insights about long-distance hiking in this new article.
Patrice is 700 miles in and loving Virginia. Here she shares great details about her hiking buddies, daily routine, the power of hiker hunger, and her nickname for day hikers.
Katie finishes her section hike of the Appalachian Trail in New York. She learns some valuable bear lessons – by way of what not to do.
This awesome recap from AT thru-hiker Amy covers 19 days of trail life – from Damascus all the way up to McAfee Knob. She covers lots of emotional ground as well, in the ups and downs of day-to-day trail life?
Patrice has left Damascus to continue hiking north. She’s contemplating trail life, enjoying the lack of mirrors in her life, and excited about what Virginia has to offer!
Momma in the Mountains is feeling some fear as she’s prepping for her summer trip with her infant son – weather, mountain lions, she’s prepping for it all!
Katie isn’t having the best time hiking the AT through New York. But that’s the reality of long-distance hiking, and she wants to share that experience. Can you relate?
Laurie has started her flip-flop AT hike heading north from Harper’s Ferry! Here she shares what she’s learned so far.
“My trip was successful. 77 miles done! Glasgow, Virginia to Waynesboro, Virginia. I had met many wonderful thru hikers, saw beautiful vistas, had now climbed higher elevations than ever before, and completed what I set out to do.” 62-year-old Ann wraps up Part 2 of her VA section hike.
AT thru-hiker Patrice hits Virginia – just in time for Trail Days in Damascus!
Katie has big section hiking plans this summer, including this 3-day trip to finish New York state. It just didn’t quite go exactly as she was expecting.
Ann AKA Greeter Two, a self-described “crazy older section hiker”, had plans to be on the AT every month this year. Last month she tackled an 80 mile section in Virginia – read part 1 here!
Momma in the Mountains is planning a 90-mile, 6-day trip with her toddler son and their dog. Except she got pneumonia, went into the ICU, and needs physical therapy. What is she doing about her planned trip?
Amy is cruising through Tennessee and just about to hit Virginia! In this update from the Appalachian Trail, she encounters trail magic and angels, lots of rain, and a 17-mile day.
“So this week there have been high highs and low lows. The mental aspect of hiking is kicking in.” AT thru-hiker Patrice is deep into Tennessee and has her sights set on Virginia!
“In the trail community, it’s loosely agreed upon that a day on trail with someone is like spending six months together in non-trail life.” This one from Maggie goes out to all the amazing friends you’ve ever met while backpacking.
Patrice sends this update from Erwin, TN, where she enjoyed a hiker festival and margaritas for her 26th birthday. Read about what she’s up to and leave her a happy birthday comment!
Amy is now 30 days into her thru-hike and done with the Smokies. In this update, she deals with a sprained ankle and (maybe) noro, but at least she gets in some good meals!
Momma in the Mountains is in the midst of planning her 6-day backpacking trip with her 2-year-old son and their dog. What could possibly go wrong?
Pat-Rice is through the Smokies! Despite the need for “five minute pity parties”, she’s feeling better after some time off in Hot Springs, and looking forward to Virginia.
Ever wondered why people start their Appalachian Trail thru-hike when they do? We asked in our Facebook group: What was your AT start date and why? Here’s what our members said.
Ticks are at the top of everyone’s mind as we head into the summer hiking season. Sable has some great basic tips here to help you deal with the creepy crawly threat.
“Mentally, I’m as determined as ever. Physically, I feel the strongest I have in decades. Spiritually, my soul feels fulfilled. Regardless of my rough start, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on.” Amy may end up switching from a NoBo to a flip flop, but she’s definitely not giving up.
This piece from guest writer Tara is both hilarious (how many dirty hiking euphemisms can she use?) but also very good information for anyone looking to get intimate on the trail.
“Whenever I get in a bad mood, I just remind myself of the privilege to be hiking the AT….I treasure every step I take towards my next goal. ” Patrice is making progress on her thru-hike!
Tami shares five excellent life lessons learned in the Grand Canyon that apply to the trail but also to day-to-day challenges. Take a look and see how many resonate with you.
Laurie does a fabulous breakdown of all the clothing and rain gear she’s bringing on her upcoming flip-flop thru-hike. Check out her list and let her know your thoughts in the comments!
This post goes out to everyone who’s ever felt the sting of permit rejection. Deb takes her string of bad luck and turns it into an opportunity to face some fears on a northbound JMT hike!
Pat-Rice Z started the AT on April 1st – find out how her first week went (including pizza and beer trail magic!)
Amy hits the Smokies but she’s having a tough time with mood and weather. Read what she’s up to and maybe leave her an encouraging comment!
Katie tackles the 108 mile section of the AT that goes through Shenandoah National Park! Does she have any regrets about how fast she went?
“Delving into a gear list reveals a lot about a person.” Laurie breaks down her Big 3 (backpack, tent, sleep system) and shares the fears and hopes that went into choosing each one.
“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?
AT thru-hiker Amy is picking up steam and settling into trail life! In this post, she hits North Carolina and 100 miles, and gets her trail name.
“Priortize yourself. Your “stuff” can wait. Put yourself and what truly makes you smile first.” Angela, facing divorce, menopause, and an uncertain future, takes off to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Amy will be thru-hiking the AT with her daughter Abby. Find out how she thinks pregnancy and preparing for a thru-hike involve a lot of the same feelings.
Summer has the pleasure of living in Northern Italy. Here she shares one of favorite hikes in the Dolomites!
“If you plan to hike a section of the Continental Divide Trail, the first thing you’ll notice is that there isn’t a lot of information out there.” Katrina is helping add some by writing about planning for her CDT section hike.
Guest writer Vicky shares her experience doing a winter overnight to an abandoned mining town in Death Valley National Park.
“We shared freely, helping where needed and the phrase “What’s mine is yours, take what you need.” Is so common you hardly notice after a while.” Aspin is in North Carolina, and settling into the happy cameraderie of AT thru-hikers.
Lynne, a teacher from Oregon, spent her spring break on the Arizona Trail – and encountered more variety and scenery (and trail magic!) than she was expecting!
“The people are kind, the whisky is strong, and the hills beg to be walked.” Leah shares trail options and gorgeous photos from her visit to the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
2019 blogger Amy is on her way to Maine! She had a rough start with homesickness and IT pain, but she’s adjusting and finding joy each day.
Chelsea is deep into planning her Colorado Trail section hike for the summer and has the Excel sheet to prove it. She has a lot on her mind – snow, gear, physical prep, and more.
This one from Melanie is a fantastic story and educational reflection about what happens when a backpacking trip goes wrong. Hint: she ends up in a raft on the Colorado River…