Happy 80th Birthday to the Appalachian Trail!

It’s been a little over a year since I finished working on Best of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic. With this year commemorating the Trail’s 80th year in existence, I’ve spent a little time this past week looking through the photographs I took while working on...

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Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail

"It has been several decades since I first set foot on the Appalachian Trail. As I stepped forth from Springer Mountain, Georgia, on that early spring day, I was ready to revel in the grand scenery of the mountains, the far-off vistas, the roaring waterfalls,...

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Reflections: Women of the White Blaze

The Women of the White Blaze are yawning as dusk falls around them, their tired bodies begging them to lie down for the night. But something more important than sleep beckons on this night. Their shuttle bus driver mentioned that they might get to see the...

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Cutting Weight: The Women of the White Blaze

The women sit in a living room chatting. Laughter bounces off the walls. Wine flows freely and snacks fill the table. If you were to close your eyes, you’d envision a cocktail party full of fancy ladies and juicy gossip. Only the juicy gossip here is...

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Defying Expectations: The Women of the White Blaze

The three women awoke in a shelter on the Appalachian Trail, stretched their stiff hiking muscles, made coffee and oatmeal, and broke camp. They paused to check the weather forecast warning of thunderstorms and possible hail. Normally, weather like this would be alarming, but there...

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Return to the Appalachian Trail

I returned to the Appalachian Trail this summer for the first time since stepping off in November 2014, after completing my final research hike. The summer of 2014—well, actually, the late spring, summer, and early fall of 2014—was packed with hikes along the Appalachian Trail in...

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If You Love Hiking, You’ll LOVE Chattanooga

New Guide Features 40 Must-Hike Trails in Greater Chattanooga (Cover image: Brian Stansberry) CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Consistently rated as among the best places to live for outdoor enthusiasts, Chattanooga is located within easy reach of a wide array of paddling, camping, and especially hiking destinations. Now, for the first...

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