Trail names are a tradition in the long-distance hiking community. They're essentially nicknames that hikers go by while on the trail - and sometimes off the trail as well. Generally, but not always, these names are fairly abstract (i.e. not something that would traditionally be someone's name).
Trail names and trail name rules are a simple but sometimes confusing part of trail culture within the long-distance hiking community. At their core, they're a fun part of the thru-hiking culture that can allow hikers to connect. Don't know what to say to your new friends? Ask about their trail
This post was originally published on April 1 in the spirit of April Fools' Day, i.e. the entirety of the below post is a work of fiction. The Triple Crown is thru-hiking's most coveted award. Only awarded to those bold enough to complete the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and
The thru-hiker/trail angel relationship has been put under strain with the increasing popularity of thru-hiking. And it's not just because thru-hikers are hitting the trail with zero money (but that's not helping). For this article, we're going to define trail angels as being anyone who regularly
After my tirade calling out thru-hikers who hike with zero money, I thought it appropriate to examine another money-adjacent aspect of the thru-hiking world, trail angels. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of trail angels, they're basically people who help hikers during their thru-hikes. A
Carrying a backpack through the wilderness for thousands of miles for what could be as long as six months may not sound like an activity that demands much financial support, but thru-hiking is not as inexpensive an endeavor as you may imagine. According to the Pacific Crest Trail Survey, thru-hikers
If you know someone who is hiking or plans on hiking a long-distance trail, you may want to send them a hiker care package at some point along the trail. The trick of sending a care package? Knowing what to put in it. At first thought, you may be tempted to fill it with "things hikers like" -
I tried to break the news gently, but now time for willful ignorance has come to an end. The Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy have all officially requested hikers to postpone or cancel their thru-hikes (in related news,