Join the All Women All Trails community for our first-ever year of Virtual Thru-Hikes! Over the next 12 months, add up your miles – walk, run, or hike – to complete the length of one of 6 famous long trails. Use this opportunity to challenge and motivate yourself to spend more time outdoors and active.
Here’s how 2020 Virtual Thru-Hike challenge works, which trails you can choose from this year, and FAQs.
Select your trail when registering.
There are 6 trails to choose from, ranging from 110 miles to over 2,000 miles – remember, you have 12 months to complete it. Choose a distance you can do with a little extra effort – let this challenge motivate you to push outside of your comfort zone!
Register here for your Virtual Thru Hike, which for $20.20 gets you:
- Access to the private Facebook group for motivation, support, accountability, updates, community, hiking tips, and more.
- Beautiful limited-edition Virtual Thru-Hike 2020 Finisher’s Patch – a different one for each trail!
- A downloadable PDF hike tracking form.
- A downloadable finisher’s certificate when you successfully complete your challenge.
Join the Facebook group.
Once you’ve registered, join our Virtual Thru-Hike 2020 Facebook group. This is where we connect with others doing the challenge, get status updates and Mile Marker Check-Ins, and share motivation and support to keep us going all year long.
Start moving and tracking your miles!
We work on the honor system – however you want to track your miles is fine with us. Many of us find apps like Strava or MapMyHike helpful. You can download our free printable Log Sheets or simply use old fashioned pen and paper to keep track.
Your miles can be walks, runs, or hikes wherever you want to do them, and should be at least a mile to be counted. Our goal is to motivate and encourage us all to get out and move beyond our normal daily activity – how you choose to do that is up to you.
Finish your thru-hike! Show off your patch! Celebrate!
Your finisher patch will be mailed out in Spring 2020 and then continuously for those registering later. Don’t open it until you’ve completed the challenge! Once you’ve completed your Virtual Thru-Hike, fill out our finisher’s form and tell us about your experience. Wear your patch with pride! Enjoy your bragging rights!
Tour du Mont Blanc
The Tour du Mont Blanc or TMB is one of the most popular long-distance walks in Europe. It circles the Mont Blanc massif, and passes through parts of Switzerland, Italy, and France. It is considered one of the classic long-distance hiking trails, and also hosts one of the world’s premier ultramarathon races.
110 miles / 170 kilometers total
To finish in a year: 2.1 miles / 3.3 kilometers a week
Kungsleden (King’s Trail)
Kungsleden (King’s Trail) is a hiking trail in northern Sweden between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south. It passes through, near the southern end, the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Europe. In the winter Kungsleden is a ski trail with approximately the same route.
270 miles / 440 kilometers total
To finish in a year: 5.2 miles / 8.5 kilometers a week
The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271 feet (4,045 m) above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000 feet (3,000 m). Despite its high elevation, the trail often dips below the alpine timberline to provide refuge from the exposed, storm-prone regions above.
486 miles / 782 kilometers total
To finish in a year: 9.3 miles / 15.0 kilometers a week
The Bibbulmun Track is a long-distance walk trail in Western Australia. It runs from Kalamunda in the east of Perth to Albany. It traverses the Darling Range and has inspired reflections about the state of the Western Australian environment. The name comes from the Bibbulmun, or Noongar people, Indigenous Australians from the Perth area.
623 miles / 1003 kilometers total
To finish in a year: 12.0 miles / 19.3 kilometers a week
Pacific Northwest Trail
The Pacific Northwest Trail travels from the Continental Divide in Montana to the Pacific Ocean in Washington, USA. It starts in Glacier National Park, and passes through another 2 national parks, 7 national forests, and up and over several major mountain chains including the Cascades and Olympics. Parts of the route are still unfinished, and the trail requires excellent navigation skills.
1200 miles / 1931 kilometers total
To finish in a year: 23.1 miles / 37.1 kilometers a week
The Appalachian Trail runs along the eastern United States from Georgia in the south to Maine in the north, passing through 14 states, 2 national parks, and dozens of national forests and other protected areas. It’s one of the most popular long-distance hiking trails in the world, receiving an estimated 3 million visitors each year. Several thousand people attempt a thru-hike each year, with an estimated completion rate of 20%.
2190 miles / 3523 kilometers total
To finish in a year: 42.1 miles / 67.8 kilometers a week
What counts as miles towards my total?
Miles that you walk, run, or hike count toward your total, and they can be done anywhere – on a rugged backcountry trail or just doing an extra lap around your neighborhood after dinner. It’s up to you how you qualify your activity – we work on the honor system!
As a guideline, the goal is to get out and make an effort to do activity beyond your normal daily schedule – so we would discourage you from simply wearing a step counter and adding up your miles each day that you walked around the house or work or the grocery store. Consider any dedicated activity longer than a mile to count toward your total.
How do I report my completion and earn my patch?
We assume everyone will be successful – and even if you don’t finish in a year, that’s ok, you’ll get there eventually! So with that in mind, we’ll mail the patches out in the spring and then continuously for anyone who registers later. Once you complete your miles, we’ll have an optional Finishers Form that you can fill out to tell us about your experience and receive your completion certificate. Share your success in the Virtual Thru-Hike Facebook group! Brag on social media! Open up that patch and display it proudly! #virtualthruhike
What will the patches look like?
The patches will be 3″ round, with iron-on backing and a fabric loop at the top in case you’d rather hang it. We’re working on the final designs – each Virtual Trail will have its own beautiful patch. You can see our 2019 Founder’s Patch design for a hint of what might be included. Patches will only be available in 2020, to those who sign up for the challenge – they won’t be sold separately and they won’t be offered again, so display your limited-edition patch with pride!
How do I track my miles?
This is personal preference and it’s up to you to track your own miles. Some people prefer old-fashioned pen and paper, keeping a notebook in their car all year long to record each hike as they complete it. Some people use an Excel spreadsheet. Some people like apps like MapMyHike or Strava that use GPS and add your miles up for you.
If you have a method that you like that isn’t here, please tell us!
Can I sign up later in the year? Can I count miles I already did?
Yes and yes! The Virtual Thru-Hike will run all through 2020, and you can join any time. Any miles walked, hiked, or run in 2020 count toward your total, even if you completed them before you officially registered, and even if you have to estimate.
Who can participate in the Virtual Thru-Hike? Can I join with a partner or friend?
This challenge is for everyone – women, men, children, even canine hiking companions! Recruit your friends and maybe turn it into a friendly competition, or just ensure that you have a hiking buddy for support and accountability.
If you’d like to sign up more than one person, you will need to do a separate PayPal transaction for each participant – this way everyone is registered under their own name.
Can I do more than one Virtual Thru-Hike in a year?
Yes! If you’re feeling motivated to go beyond the distances we’ve offered, you can definitely attempt to complete more than one Virtual Trail in 2020. Some examples of how you might complete more than one trail in a year (and get two or more beautiful patches!):
Example 1: You want something longer than the Pacific Northwest Trail (1,200 miles) but not as long as the Appalachian Trail (2,190 miles). You can sign up for the PNT plus the Kungsleden (270 miles) for a grand total of 1,470 miles.
Example 2: You sign up for the Bibbulmun Track (623 miles) but are a rockstar and complete it by October. You then challenge yourself to additionally complete the Tour du Mont Blanc (110 miles) by the end of the year.
Example 3: You have a young child or a friend new to hiking who wants to start small with the Tour du Mont Blanc (110 miles). You hike with them every few weeks and count those miles towards completing your own TMB. But you also go out a few extra times a month on your own, and you’re able to separately complete the Colorado Trail (486 miles). Awesome!
Please note that miles should only be counted toward one trail at a time – no double dipping!
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