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After months of trespassing and hiding from rangers, two hikers completed the Appalachian Trail in June. Their sagas raise questions about what it means to be outdoors in the United States right now.
Thru-hiker traffic on this western trail is growing faster than the volunteer community's ability to handle it
Get off-trail just a couple hours' drive from Denver and the Front Range
For Warren Doyle, who has thru-hiked the trail nine times, it comes down to mental—as much as physical—preparedness
In the South, a series of hostels have welcomed hikers, defying trail closures and guidelines. They say they're acting on behalf of their communities.
Help keep trails open by not abusing them
I watched 40-plus hours of thru-hiking vlogs. These are the ones that are worth your time.
Be prepared for every obstacle, and save a ton of money by making your own equipment and learning how to fix your stuff when it breaks in the backcountry
Walking away from the adventure of a lifetime is hard, but it makes coming back to it especially rewarding. Here, five thru-hikers share their stories of failing and coming back for more.