The Ups and Downs of the Appalachian Approach Trail

Are you debating on whether to start your NOBO thru-hike at the approach trail or at the southernmost white blaze on the summit of Springer Mountain?  This age-old debate is one of the myriad questions potential thru-hikers have to answer during our massive planning stages. My name is Clarity, a 2015 Appalachian Trail flip-flop thru-hiker who took the … More The Ups and Downs of the Appalachian Approach Trail

Post trail feelings

Upon completing an adventure as elemental as a thru-hike of the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail, much can change within oneself. My trail name is Clarity because the purpose of my pilgrimage was to find it. As one who worked multiple jobs for 15 years, life was always so muddled with fast-paced goings-on that true simplicity and jubilation were often hidden in a … More Post trail feelings

What Does an Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner Do?

The question of the day for the past 15 weeks has been, “Oh, you’re a ridgerunner? What does a ridgerunner do?”  Well, besides running (usually not literally) across ridges of the Appalachian mountains, we willingly eat Knorr Pasta sides and Poptarts every single day. We live outdoors, rain or shine, snow or sizzle, all the … More What Does an Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner Do?

Review of National Geographic’s Handy Dandy Appalachian Trail Guides

Pictures or words? Which is your navigational tool of choice? In the land of Mapquest, I always go immediately for the words. No, don’t print the maps please. My discomfort with maps stems from a lack of education and exposure as a youngster and from being more comfortable with words than visual symbolic representations.  Testing the … More Review of National Geographic’s Handy Dandy Appalachian Trail Guides

Regret Nothing about your Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

The opportunity to take six months away from real life to attempt an Appalachian Trail thru-hike is a gift of which most people can only dream.  Open your mind to gain a piece of wisdom or two from those who have successfully persevered through months on end of the good and the bad and trekked their … More Regret Nothing about your Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

Most Important Question: Where’s the Beer?

This article is simply a comprehensive list of craft beer found on and near the Appalachian Trail.  Download a printable PDF. **Indicates on site brewing The numbers before each listing are the northbound mile markers. 53 – Hiawassee, GA – Bacchus Beer & Growlers 110 – **Franklin, NC – Lazy Hiker Brewing and Rock House … More Most Important Question: Where’s the Beer?