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The Rise of Thru-Hiking

In the last decade, thru-hiking has seen tremendous growth. People are recreating outdoors more than ever, but why? D...

Appalachian Renewal, Delayed Harvest Style

Those first few days on the water were unrelenting, not the least for the face-chapping conditions but also for my s...

Fear is Quiet. Anxiety is Loud.

The countdown for my next adventure began long ago, but now my start date is within reach. My last weeks of work are ...

Rethinking National Monuments: Why These Lesser-Known Gems are Worth a Visit

It was 2017, and I was driving back from Zion National Park. I had just completed the trans-Zion Traverse and was exc...

What a Failed Thru-Hike Taught Me

Rocks crunched under the tires of my SUV as we rolled into the small dirt parking lot at the end of the appropriately...

In It for the Long Haul: Friendships on the Long Trails

Thru-hikers and backpackers share more than the trails; they share a goal and a tight-knit community. Since the purp...

How to document an experience while still living in the moment

 I’ve written two trail memoirs—Mud, Rocks, Blazes quoted above and Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. Each is a detailed a...

Last Person Standing

The concept of the race caught my attention. It had no defined distance or time. It was unlike anything I had ever d...

How To Keep Your Trail Legs All Winter Long

You spent the summer peak bagging and squeezing in as many miles as possible before the inevitable first flake of sn...

Looking Back, Looking Ahead:

The start of a new year always brings a sense of reflection, as well as a chance to look ahead and set new goals. For...

Passing the Torch: A Chat with the Youngest Calendar Year Triple Crowners

In 2016 I completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail to become the youngest k...

Use It Up & Wear It Out: Part II

In the first installment of this blog series, I emphasized the importance of care and repair to keep your gear and ac...

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