Jonathan Olivier

Jonathan Olivier

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Fixing the AT’s Overcrowding Crisis

A group of hired caretakers, called ridgerunners, are working to protect America’s favorite wilderness footpath from the hordes of people who walk it each year

Jonathan Olivier
Mar 30, 2018

The Crew Building the Next Great American Thru-Hike

The Great Eastern Trail spans nine states and 1,600 miles just west of the Appalachian Trail, but private landowners, meager funding, and sluggish construction are holding up the completion of America's next big wilderness route

Jonathan Olivier
Jun 22, 2017

The AT's Most Generous Trail Angel

Jim Tabor began stashing hand-carved spoons along the AT six years ago as souvenirs for through-hikers. His creations have come to symbolize the generosity of the tight-knit trail community.

Jonathan Olivier
Apr 27, 2017

The Average AT Hiker Is a 25-Year-Old White Male

Ever wonder what type of person takes six months off to hike the famous trail? Well, here's your answer. Presenting the average AT hiker, based on data from a 2016 survey.

Jonathan Olivier
Apr 18, 2017