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Category Archives: Thru-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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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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Long Trail: Everything Hikers Need to Know

From our partners at Backpacker Magazine. Whether you’re a dayhiker, thru-hiker, or a weekend warrior, you’ll fall in love with the Long Trail. Tracing the crest of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts border to Canada, the 272-mile route crosses from deep hardwood forest to alpine sedgeland and back. With dozens of entry points and […]

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Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy Just Smashed the John Muir Trail FKT

Last week, runner Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy set a new north-to-south Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Nüümü Poyo, known to many as the John Muir Trail (JMT). McConaughy lowered the FKT from three days, three hours and 55 min to three days, one hour and 34 seconds. McConaughy—an accomplished ultramarathon runner and holder of several […]

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Cal ‘Starburst’ Dobbs Becomes the First Reported Publicly Trans Triple Crowner

On Thursday, August 11, 25-year-old Cal “Starburst” Dobbs (they/he), completed their thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, becoming the first reported transgender hiker to triple crown. To become a triple crowner, you have to complete the 2,000-mile-long Appalachian Trail, the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail, and the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. All in all, the accomplishment involves […]

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Josh Perry Just Set a Stunning New FKT on the PCT

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free from anywhere in the U.S. at 1-800-273-8255. An enduring speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail has fallen. On Sunday, August 7, at 8:56 P.M., Josh Perry—a 27-year-old British hiker with no fixed address—reached the […]

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We Asked 6 PCT Hikers What Their Favorite Piece of Gear Was

Each summer my hometown of Ashland, Oregon sees a large influx of Pacific Crest Trail hikers coming down from the hills to restock, take a zero day, and do laundry. I love walking around my town, introducing myself to PCT hikers, and asking them about their gear. By the time they have reached Ashland, northbound […]

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A Thru-Hiker’s Ode to the Humble Day Hike

The cattle rancher in the dented red truck laughed when I told him I was looking for someplace new to hike. We had both taken a rugged gravel road, beset by mudholes so deep they made me contemplate crashing asteroids, into the southwestern edge of South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest on a toasty day in early […]

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