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Last year I set out with the mission to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and thru-hike I did. But it wasn’t enough. I probably would have been saving for a PCT hike if I had known I was going to miss it so badly. A week of outdoor activities in southern Utah inspired me to, at the very least, tackle the Arizona Trail instead. This time I plan on setting off for the desert with hopes that I’ll enjoy it to keep on hiking. ...

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The Trek by Anna Thiele - 11h ago

136 Days
I have a countdown app on my phone reminding me exactly how many days until I set out on my attempted thru-hike which I take a peek at every day. The other day when I looked at the number 19 on that countdown, it hit me that I started it at 136 days.
136 days to think about and acquire gear.
136 days to learn everything there is to learn about the trail.
136 days to save money. ...

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Last year I set out with the mission to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and thru-hike I did. But it wasn’t enough. I probably would have been saving for a PCT hike if I had known I was going to miss it so badly. A week of outdoor activities in southern Utah inspired me to, at the very least, tackle the Arizona Trail instead. This time I plan on setting off for the desert with hopes that I’ll enjoy it to keep on hiking. ...

The post Looking Back At My Favorite Moments From My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike appeared first on The Trek.

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The Trek by James Shepherd - 12h ago

August
Jojo and I loved Maine.  The infamous black flies are gone by early August and we had no trouble with them whatsoever.  The 100 mile wilderness is speckled with lakes and allowed us to camp next to water every night.  We covered over 205 miles in 26 days for an average of almost 8 miles a day.  Not a huge daily total but the elevation changes made it a very respectable accomplishment for us.  Maine can best be described as the land of moose poop and rock stairs. ...

The post Remembering The North appeared first on The Trek.

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It would be foolish to start any kind of long-distance hike without evaluating your physical ability level, and I was fairly certain that my physical ability level was low. I hadn’t really done any kind of exercise since the summer, and even then, workouts were few and far between. I am the head coach (and only coach) of the speech team at my high school so I was staying for practice after school just about every day. ...

The post Sticking with Exercise Was a Commitment to Myself appeared first on The Trek.

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The purest, most enchanting note emanates through the air. Its vibrations course down my body, pooling in the delicate space in the center of my clavicles. I chase the ethereal melody as it beckons flirtatiously, teasing my soul, tantalizing my spirit. The sound cascades, an auditory waterfall, as I part the stream with a pale, freckled hand. My fingers tingle pleasantly and vanish into the serenade. I open my mouth and release my harmony, returning the call. ...

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Whether it’s for a short day hike, or roughing it for a few days in the backcountry, there are certain essentials that most hikers won’t leave home without. Water, food, and first-aid tend to be popular on lists of backcountry essentials, but two of the most overlooked pieces of gear seem to be a paper map and reliable compass.
The age of cell phones and mobile GPS units has made the compass appear as if it is nothing more than a needless (and sometimes, ...

The post Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course appeared first on The Trek.

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The Trek by Taylor Weixl - 1d ago

So why have I decided to spend 5 months attempting to walk home from the Mexican border? I have several reasons why I’ve decided to hike the PCT, but here are my top 5.

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The Trek by Darren Palmer - 1d ago

It’s 1:15AM, and it’s my last night in my apartment before I ship out to roll south. I currently reside in NY but in these coming months I will be calling my Big Agnes tent my home. I am embarking on my first thru hike and I am anxious as I have ever been. I am nervous because I have never done anything this “risky” before. I have been in some pretty nerve racking situations before: graduation speeches, ...

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The Trek by Jesi Owens - 1d ago

A native Appalachian heads back to the trail, curious to find what it provides to locals and what locals provide to it.

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