They offer rides, places to stay, food, and more, and never ask anything in return. But thru-hikers still owe a debt of gratitude to trail angels. Here are some ideas on how to repay it.
Alcohol-free doesn't have to mean tasteless. These drinks satisfy your beer craving without the buzz.
Thru-hiking is for everyone—but if you really want to build your life around the trail, some careers make it easier than others.
Your thru-hike is supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. So why is your mind wandering to literally anywhere else?
Most thru-hikers are careful about LNT rules—but a few scofflaws can make us all look bad.
From weight changes to growing feet, hiking 2,000 miles can have a big impact on you physically.
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with the most popular columns from thru-hiker Liz "Snorkel" Thomas.
Like many other subcultures, long-distance hiking has its own language.
Through thick and thin, health and injury, long slogs and zero days, your trail family will be there for you.
In 5 months, a new class of thru-hikers will start the trip of a lifetime. If you hope to be one of them, there are a few things you should start doing now.
Finishing a 2,000-mile hike is tough. But for many thru-hikers, coming back to the “real world” afterward is even tougher.
Getting ill on the trail happens, and it can be scary. Here's how to prevent sickness and ride it out when it happens.
If you're thinking of bringing a firearm on a long trail, there are a few things you need to be aware of first.
Is your motivation running dry? Try one of these strategies to recharge it.
In a pinch, they can can keep you going—but only if we all do our part.
Buy, ship, or check hiker boxes and just hope for the best? Here's how to keep your stove running on your thru-hike.
Before you head out on a thru-hike, set expectations at home and at work, and make sure that everyone knows what to do when trouble arises.
Skip the resupply box: There are better uses for your time.
From training to planning, prep right to maximize your chances of going the distance.
Nearly a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are ready to say goodbye to stay-at-home orders, shoulder our packs, and head out on a multi-month hiking adventure. But with transmission rates still high and vaccination efforts stretching into late summer, should we hold off?
Getting back to "real life" after a long hike can be rough. But if you feel low after coming home, you're not alone.
It can't all be sunsets and bear encounters. Thru-hikers spend most of their time doing one thing: walking.
Thru-hiking lingo isn’t just code, it’s a window into how people backpack.
Gear up for the United States' toughest long path with these expert picks.
First of all, should you?
Yes, hiking is wonderful and nature is grand. But when you’re walking for months at a time, you will eventually get bored. Our thru-hiker explains how to deal with trail fatigue.
The trails are still covered in snow, but it’s not too late to start getting ready for your first thru-hike.
Thru-hiking a long trail is hard enough without constantly second-guessing yourself along the way. Our writer shares her strategies for banishing worries before and during your hike.
Bringing the wrong kind of clothes or food is a quick ticket to a hefty pack—but don’t go too far.
There's calorie density, nutritional profile, and bulk to consider. But when it comes to packing food for a thru-hike, one thing will always hold true: it has to taste good enough to eat.
You could eat a half-gallon of ice cream in one sitting, or hike 100 miles eating only Pop-Tarts: On a long trail, anything goes.
Going on a long hike is complicated under the best of circumstances—but kids and a partner open up a whole new world of challenges.
Have the thru-hike itch, but don't want to ditch your career? A short long trail may be just what you need.
Reality check: Not everyone can quit their jobs to hike the PCT. But if you have a week or two of vacation, you can complete one of these.
Your chances of being struck by lightning are higher than you think. Minimize them with these tips from thru-hiker Liz "Snorkel" Thomas.
Learn the three ways long-distance trekkers get their grub.
Don't underestimate the physical and mental ships you'll go through on the trail.
Keep a look out for these ailments on the trail.
Ticking these three prestigious trails off your list is worth the time—but it'll take a lot of it.
Why going lighter can be easier on your feet.
Master the shakedown for a smoother trek.