Appalachian Trail

What's a "Kelsy?" Why Katahdin?

Hey folks!<p>My name’s Kelsy, and I’m about to start my wildest adventure yet.<p>Until now, Photography has been my primary form of expression. Although a …

Hiking

Motorcycle Touring in Tennessee and North Carolina

For the 2017 Hot Bike Tour, all roads led to, and then from, Johnson City, Tennessee. Located in the wide valley between the Blue Ridge Mountains to …

Road Trips

Va. officials are risking a potential water crisis

Despite overwhelming evidence and public comments stating that the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would repeatedly violate Virginia water-quality standards, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) may soon recommend that the Water Control Board approve water-quality …

Water

Review: Hammock Gear Standard Dyneema Fiber Tarp With Doors

Basic Specs:<p>Model: Standard Dyneema (Cuben) Fiber Tarp with doors<br>• Brand: Hammock Gear<br>• Weight: 7.28 oz (11′ Ridgeline Green)<br>• MSRP: …

Trails

Easy Backpacking Trips for Beginners

You don't need to be an expert to enjoy these scenic trails.<p>Everyone who has read Cheryl Strayed's <i>Wild</i> has probably envisioned themselves heading out …

Hiking

Why I Might Split Up With My Fiancé on the Pacific Crest Trail

My fiancé, Miles, and I plan to begin our Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike in Campo in the spring. In fact, we just received an email from the PCTA that …

Camping

Cat Bradley Sets Grand Canyon R2R2R Record

Midday on November 15, a tired, slightly nauseous Cat Bradley descended the north rim of the Grand Canyon. She was roughly 35 miles into a …

Trail Running

10 great trails for hearty winter hikers

Just because winter’s on the way, it doesn’t mean you have to hang up your hiking boots. If you’re strategic about picking your destination, it’s easy to hit the trail year-round, says Karen Berger, author of the newly released <i>Great Hiking Trails of the World</i> (Rizzoli, $50). “Winter hiking is best …

Adventure Travel

A Lesson in the Words 'Cold' and 'Uphill'

I had known it was supposed to get cold but that night. The ‘21’ that had displayed on the screen earlier in the day didn’t quite register until I …

Trails

Flower Mound wrestling case a cautionary tale of how hazing scandals can tear apart teams, communities

This Story is About...<p><i>This summer, The Dallas Morning News conducted an area-wide survey of high school coaches about hazing in athletics. The News'</i> …

Crime

Mountain Crossings Hosts AT Prep Course

Avoiding a Meltdown in the First 30 Miles<p>Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a dream for many people. Those that can fulfill this dream will have an …

Camping

2,190 Miles on the Appalachian Trail

March 28: Trent’s Grocery, Virginia<p>Baby Steps<p>We flip-flopped the thru-hike, so we started in Virginia, just south of McAfee Knob, and headed south toward Springer Mountain. Read on →<p>Derrick: We flip-flopped the thru-hike, so we started near our home in Virginia, just south of McAfee Knob, and …

Adventure Travel

This Week's Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Ladies, gentlemen, and hiker trash- it has returned. We are pleased to reintroduce one of our all time favorite series- the top Instagram posts from …

Section Hiking

The Appalachian Trail's Oldest Hiker

At 82 years old, Dale Sanders recently became the oldest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. He goes by Greybeard on the trail, and we caught up with him last month to talk about the challenges of his endeavor and what keeps him going. Watch to get an inside look at his life on the trail.

Backpacking

Meet the Colorado 9-year-old who has hiked nearly 8,000 miles (and set a record)

<b>By Marylou Tousignant</b>, <i>Special The Washington Post</i>Over the past five years, Christian Thomas has hiked nearly 8,000 miles, completing the three trails …

Running

Idaho Trails Association Seeking New Members

The Idaho Trails Association is conducting its annual membership drive. The ITA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 to promote the …

Adventure Travel

Long-Distance Hiker To Attempt First Female Completion of the "All-In Trek"

Long distance hiker and runner Breanna Cornell has set an ambitious goal for herself. Starting in September 2018, she will set out to become the …

Adventure Travel

This soul was made for walkin - and that’s just what I’ll do.

Time to answer that question asked by so many when they hear of my plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail…”why?”.<p>First, and most importantly, I LOVE …

Love

Appalachian Trail 101: The Complete Guide For Beginners

Posted by Jeff on Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:46 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last modified: November 13, 2017<p>So you’ve decided to explore the Appalachian …

Backpacking

Finally Seeing the Forest for the Trees

<i>Maura Kelly | Longreads | November 2017 | 15 minutes (3,727 words)</i><p>Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I never got the whole nature thing. In my …

Long-form Journalism

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving on Trail

While the thought of your “ideal Thanksgiving” may bring up visions of sitting at home on the couch watching football and being surrounded by a ton …

Thanksgiving

2017 Thru-Hiker Superlatives

Take a stroll through the main drag in a trail town and you’ll be able to pick out the thru-hikers pretty easily. Whether they’re wearing an …

Backpacking

Thru-Hiking for Type A Personalities

The Appalachian Trail taught me that I don’t need to let go<p>It has become well-accepted scientific fact that hiking can be therapeutic for people. …

Adventure Travel

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Tennessee

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Tennessee<p>Given Tennessee’s mountain-laden geography, there’s no shortage of stunning fall foliage when the weather starts …

National Parks

Section Hiking on Sweden's King's Trail

Want to go for a walk? No, seriously. Do you <i>really</i> want to go for a walk? Because if you do, you might want to consider a stage/section hike: a …

Adventure Travel

My Endless Quest for the Ideal Gear List

When I started planning my Appalachian Trail thru hike, I didn't expect to spend hours upon hours researching stoves, sleeping pads, tents and other …

Blue Ridge Mountains

Why They Walked: Portraits of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

I started photographing Appalachian Trail thru-hikers in my home state of Maine eleven years ago. As a professional photographer with a degree in …

Backpacking

This Book Should Be Read in Silence

Contributed by Swiss Typefaces<i><br>License: All Rights Reserved.</i> <br>This Book Should Be Read in Silence was designed by Jesse Johanning in 2016.<br>From …

Typography

Murders in our forests are still haunting a decade later

Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>CLOSE<p>Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney and Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald held a press conference July 27, 2017 after …

Crime

The Prologue

The Formal Introduction<p>For now, I’m Liz- I suppose that may change if/when I get a trail moniker. I will be <i>attempting</i> a Northbound thru-hike on the …

Trails