Michael Charles Lombardo, 55, frequently walked the famed trail with his pet Chihuahua
Scott Benerofe finished a rare and daunting southbound winter thru-hike of the AT. His self-proclaimed normalcy about the endeavor suggests such treks might not stay so rare for long.
The cause of Paul “Grandmaster” Classen’s fatal fall is still unclear
After finishing the Appalachian Trail, I experienced severe pain in my lower right leg. Little did I know, toe socks and spacers would be my saving grace.
Join us for a live Zoom Q and A with the beloved author, presented by the Outside Book Club, on Tuesday, April 5
Our March pick is Cheryl Strayed’s classic memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. We’ll conclude the conversation with a live Zoom Q and A on April 5.
After months of pandemic-induced isolation, one Vermont family dove headfirst into a 272-mile adventure
The pain I experience while thru-hiking draws me back to the present and makes me more aware of my privilege
“The world and how it interacts with me changed the day I came out as trans”
I want to thru-hike part of the AT or PCT, but I’m the main caregiver in my household
In their fifties, Marcia and Ken Powers began long-distance hiking. Lessons they learned on trail prepared them for the next phase of their lives.
Tips for being a backpacking beginner and a woman adventuring alone
In six years, Constantine and Magpie have collectively hiked 30,000 miles. What do they do now that they’ve learned their lessons from—and found love on—the trail?
Rahawa Haile set out on the AT during one of the most tumultuous periods in our political history. The story she wrote about it for Outside in 2017 hit a nerve, and encouraged many others to get out on the trail. We followed up with her to find out what scared her the most, the one piece of gear she couldn’t live without, and why thru-hiking is always worth it in the end.
Lo Phong La Kiatoukaysy, a.k.a. Lil’ Buddha, started thru-hiking America’s trails after 9/11. He hasn’t stopped yet.
I tallied the waste I created for a month of my thru-hike. It was embarrassing. Now I know how to begin fixing it.
Pawel Szafruga recently did the unthinkable by summiting all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in a single thru-hike. Will others follow?
Because sometimes, you just want to get away from it all
After 2,652 miles, 400,000 feet in elevation gain, and more than 51 days, the ultrarunner finished his PCT thru-hike
You’re dead set on walking every inch of a trail, but your partner doesn’t mind skipping a section or two. How do you compromise?
Exercise may not be enough to make up for thru-hikers’ bad diets, a new paper suggests
Master the shakedown for a smoother trek
More than 3,000 people attempt to walk the entire Appalachian Trail every year. Only about a quarter of them succeed. This intel from an AT thru-hiker provides key information to help you tackle and complete the 2,193-mile trek from Georgia to Maine.
In an excerpt from his latest book, ‘Freedom,’ the celebrated nonfiction writer describes a journey along Pennsylvania’s train tracks with friends he met while reporting on the war in Afghanistan
When a group of friends decided to tackle Sentiero Italia, one of the world’s longest and forgotten trails, they had no idea that 1,500 others would join them along the way
In March, Emily Ford became the first woman to complete Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail in winter. She’s also become an unintentional ambassador of the outdoor industry’s quest for inclusivity.
Monica and Vince Strawbridge and their four children hiked the PCT in 2018 and the CDT in 2020. Now the family has begun the AT.
What happens when a lifelong fraidy-cat sets out into the wilderness alone?
Lots of people say they hike to change their lives. For some, that starts by changing their love lives.
Many hikers hope their treks will make them better at other sports. Instead, mine kept me from distance running for a year—a common side effect we don't discuss enough.
After devoting their spring to COVID-19 patients, two West Virginia brothers became the first identical twins to earn the triple crown of American hiking
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Grizel is using her rising social media profile to spark a more nuanced conversation on nature's power to heal
Plus, how to make up for missing an important day
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
What a locked-down Outside travel editor has been making to eat her way around the world during the pandemic
In his latest video for Backpacking TV, Eric Hanson breaks down what kind of shoe might be the right choice for your hiking style
For Warren Doyle, who has thru-hiked the trail nine times, it comes down to mental—as much as physical—preparedness
We've been married 13 years and backpacked more than 12,000 miles together. This is what we've learned.
I watched 40-plus hours of thru-hiking vlogs. These are the ones that are worth your time.
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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.
Lucy Parks found trail culture far from fully accepting but refused to let fear stop them from thru-hiking the AT
Doctors told Trey Cate he'd never walk again after Iraq. Now he's organizing the most ambitious thru-hike of the decade.