Share Your Appalachian Trail Story, Win Gear

We're collecting readers' favorite memories from the AT. Share yours for the chance to win a new sleeping bag or pad.
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There's no trail quite like the Appalachian Trail. America's most famous long trail is a dream hike for most backpackers, and thousands of hikers tread part of the path every year. Now, we want to know: What does the Appalachian Trail mean to you?

Using the form below, share your favorite memory of the AT with us. It can be a place or an event, as long as you have a picture of it. We'll pick our favorites for an upcoming project on the Appalachian Trail we're releasing next year. In addition, we're giving away a new sleeping bag from Paria Outdoor Products and a pad from Klymit to two lucky contributors. Thru-hikers and day-hikers alike are welcome, so share your story, and get geared up.