The best of the small-item lists, including a combination of price, lumens, weight, and functionality. Includes how to choose the best one for each hiker.
Best Backpacking Tents of 2018
Technical gear roundup for the best tents of the year for long-distance backpackers.
Appalachian Trail State Profile: NC/TN
A list of the most iconic places and landmarks along the AT through these two states, including plenty of additional references, images, and info.
Best Sleeping Bags of 2017
Our highest-traffic gear post. I reviewed a list of our team's top-rated sleeping bags, and wrote an informative piece on bag construction, elements of insulation, and descriptions of the best sleeping bags and quilts.
Best Backpacks of 2017
I received a list of our top packs for the year, and did extensive research into each one, including what category of hiker the pack would work best for.
Best Tents of 2017
The final "Big Three" of the Best-Of gear series, this tent post followed the same baseline as the other two Best-Of gear posts.
The Family That Thru-Hiked With A Baby
Interview followup to a widely spread story of the family who hiked 2,190 miles with their one-year-old baby.
Best Backpacking Food Picks
A high amount of effort went into the production of this piece: selecting the foods, reaching out to brands, choosing writers to test and review, and compiling/formatting the post.
Complete List of Hostels on the Appalachian Trail
A comprehensive listing of the hostels found along the length of the Appalachian Trail. Less of a creative project and more of a long-term resource that is important to have on the site.
Thru-Hiker’s Favorite Appalachian Trail Towns
We sent a survey to our community on their favorite AT towns. I compiled the responses and wrote this piece, including choice bits of info on each town. This was a fun piece I did on my own time, and has been a very popular piece on the site.
2018 AT Registration Now Open
News update for 2018 ATC registration. I work to stay up-to-date with relevant happenings and for The Trek to be a go-to resource for current events and trail life.
Joe McConaughy Smashes Self-Supported AT Record
A news piece I wrote following the claimed FKT record this season.
Patagonia Withdraws from Outdoor Retailer
News article I wrote during the protest over Utah rescinding protection of Bears Ears National Monument.