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Welcome to the Appalachian Trail section of the Atlas Guides blog! This collection of posts features stories from the East Coast's green tunnel!

Blog Archive: Appalachian Trail

Browse through our chronological Appalachian Trail post history or check out the most recent posts to see what’s happening on the AT right now!

A hiker standing on a mountain looking out at a beautiful landscape.

My Trail Story by Early Bird

Deserrae Potts, a.k.a Early Bird, shares the story of how she went from a completely broke student and inexperienced backpacker to a thru hiker in one year.

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A man and woman stand on a cliff on the Appalachian Trail.

My Trail Story by Furiosa

Amber Redfield, a.k.a. Furiosa, shares the lessons she learned after injuring her knee on her Appalachian Trail thru-hike and continuing to hike regardless.

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A girl hugging her dog on the Appalachian Trail.

My Trail Story by Nav

Nav is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with her pup, Arrow, and her amazing trail family ("tramily") that they found along the way.

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A view of a sunrise above the trees.

My Trail Story by KP

The incredible trail magic that Scott Siler, a.k.a KP, experienced on the Appalachian Trail resulted in a wedding invitation and a restored faith in humanity.

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A view of a trail through dead grass on a hill.

My Trail Story by PYT

Dave Mizelle, a.k.a. PYT, shares his close call with nature while hiking in the Roan Highlands section of the Appalachian Trail.

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A hiker stands on an aquaduct pipe in the desert.

My Trail Story by Peanut

Peanut, a.k.a. Melanie Harsha, withdrew all of her applications to doctorate programs, adopted a dog, and started planning her first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016.

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A beautiful view of a green mountain hill with hikers on the trail.

My Trail Story by Puff Puff

Alex Mason, a.k.a. Puff Puff, is a Brit who has made thru-hiking her lifestyle. She hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015 and hasn't stopped since.

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A man stands in front of a lake with a sunset reflecting in the water.

My Trail Story by Golden Girl

Alex Patino, a.k.a. Golden Girl, explains how he went from working in the fashion industry in NYC for seven years, to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Colorado Trail, and Appalachian Trail.

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A woman standing on a mountain peak.

My Trail Story by PCP

Chelsea Fisher, a.k.a. PCP ("Pretty Cool Person") shares her journey of becoming a thru-hiker from the AT to the Long Trail, and now on to hike the PCT in 2019.

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A beautiful view of a lake and a snow-covered mountain.

My Trail Story by Crunchmaster

Trevor Pyke, a.k.a. Crunchmaster, shares how he's come to love thru-hiking and what he learned hiking the PCT, AT, and parts of the CDT.

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My Trail Story by Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler shares his story of how he became a thru-hiker and bikepacker, and how he turned his passions into a full-time project.

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A view of snow covered trees with a cloudy sky.

My Trail Story by Flower Power

Allison DiVerde, a.k.a. Flower Power, offers her advice for those who are new to thru-hiking after her journey on the Appalachian Trail this past year.

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A hiker stands next to a horse on the Appalachian Trail.

My Trail Story by Nar Nar

Kyle O'Grady, a.k.a Nar Nar on the trail, shares the story of how he became a thru-hiker from his first ever hike to summiting Mt. Katahdin on the Appalachian Trail.

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A sunset over the mountains.

My Trail Story by Croc

Kate Stelfox, otherwise known as Croc on the trail, talks about her experiences thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

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A graph shows statistics for hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

How Many People Hike the AT and PCT?

If you’ve been on the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail and thought, “there are a lot of people out here,” you’re not wrong.

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A screenshot from Guthook Guides of farms on the Appalachian Trail.

Birds Eye Stories of the Appalachian Trail

I’ve been fascinated by satellite imagery of the the Appalachian Trail. It tells a very different story about the landscape.

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A graph from the Guthook Guides app showing the steepest climb on the Continental Divide Trail.

What Are the Steepest Climbs on the AT, PCT, and CDT?

I analyzed elevation data to come up with an estimate of the steepest climbs.

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A large tree stands in a green meadow.

Wrapping Up the Virginia Hike

We set out into the last bit of the AT in Virginia, between Shenandoah and Harper’s Ferry.

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An early sunset illuminates trees and distant mountains from this overlook.

High and Low in Shenandoah National Park

My memories say that Shenandoah is easy and boring. I learned that wasn’t accurate.

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Rolling green mountains extend as far as the eye can see.

Central Virginia App Mapping

After a day off, I was doing better. My aching feet were well rested and I was ready to hit the trail once again.

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A trail cuts through rolling hills and green farmland on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

Southern Virginia AT Mapping

We hiked into Virginia's Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, one of the most-hiked parts of the AT in the south.

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