Category Archives: Thru-Hiking

Thru-Hiking Messed Up My Feet. Here’s How Toe Socks Came to the Rescue.

For the better part of two years, after I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail and tried (and repeatedly failed) to return to running, the lower half of my right leg became a medical battlefield. I went to physical therapists and massage therapists, general practitioners and osteopaths, surgeons and shrinks, asking them all why I was […]

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Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Beginner Thru-Hikers

Every afternoon near the start of my first thru-hike, I knew just where I’d to find the hiker named Poncho—and that he’d greet me with advice that would help me finish the Appalachian Trail. A few years earlier, Poncho, a fifty-something auto mechanic from Boston, had found his real home (and that nickname) on the […]

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