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Category Archives: hiking

This Man Mapped Every Number-Two Bathroom Break on His Thru-Hike of the Appalachian Trail

Brian Garner started a new job the very day I first emailed him. Garner, a 19-year-old thru-hiker, was training to spend his first season cooking and cleaning in the iconic alpine huts of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, so he didn’t yet understand his schedule. That afternoon, when he asked his boss for some free time […]

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Meet the Nurse Who Just Smashed One of Colorado’s Toughest FKTs

Andrea Sansone, a nurse and hiker from Golden, Colorado, has set a new women’s supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Nolan’s 14 route, stopping the clock in 45 hours and 52 minutes. Her time shaved almost three hours off the previous women’s supported mark, set by runner Sabrina Stanley in October, 2020 Nolan’s 14 […]

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Hiker Scattering Father’s Ashes Along Appalachian Trail Found Dead in Apparent Drowning

A 45-year-old thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail died last week on the New Hampshire border in an apparent drowning. Joe “Kanga” Harvey, of Prentiss, Mississippi, was last spotted heading towards the Connecticut River on Wednesday, September 7, at about 7:30 P.M. from Vermont’s Happy Hill Shelter. Police in nearby Norwich, Vermont, reported that they received […]

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Jeff Garmire’s FKT Attempt on the John Muir Trail Came Down to a Desperate Final Sprint

Editor’s Note: On August 29, hiker Jeff Garmire set a new unsupported fastest known time for the John Muir Trail, beating Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy’s three-week-old record by a mere 12 minutes and 38 seconds. We asked him to tell his story in his own words. I had a permit to attempt the John Muir Trail […]

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Two Unprepared Hikers in New Hampshire Needed Rescue. Officials Charged Them With a Crime.

Two New England hikers have pled guilty to charges of reckless conduct, and have agreed to pay fines after rescuers had to retrieve them from an off-trail area in New Hampshire’s White Mountains earlier this year.  The hikers, a 22-year-old from Lowell, Massachusetts and a 25-year-old from Windsor, New Hampshire, will each pay a $200 […]

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Help Big City Mountaineers Introduce More Youth to the Joys of Nature

1,000 wilderness expeditions. 5,000 volunteers. 11,000 kids. 45,000 nights under the stars. Since its founding in 1989, nonprofit Big City Mountaineers (BCM) has been working to break down barriers to outdoor access for young people from disinvested communities. And the numbers don’t lie: they’ve been succeeding. But their work is far from done. The mission […]

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These Are the Things We’d Retrieve from a Trailhead Toilet

It’s the conundrum every hiker has contemplated in 2022.  No, not whether you’d rather trek the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s whether you would ever, under any circumstances, climb into one of those disgusting trailhead toilets to retrieve a lost item. This question was first thrust upon us in April, when a […]

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