If you're looking to rejuvenate your fitness level, a long #hike might be your answer — Outside Magazine author Kyle Boelte reveals the benefits his body received after a 29-day hike on Colorado Trail!

This Is What Happens to Your Body on a Thru-Hike

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Interested in Trail management and spending the summer on the #AppalachianTrail in Maine? If so, you’re in luck — we’re hiring a Maine Field Coordinator for 2017! For more information and position requirements, click here: [ Tinyurl.com Link ]

The deadline for applications is February 26, so be sure to apply soon!
Congratulations to Sarah, whose awesome #AppalachianTrail video "Shepherd" won Round 4 of the #myATstory Contest!

Join us next week as we kick off the Grand Prize Round, where you can vote for your favorite winning story from each of the previous rounds!

"Shepherd" - myATstory

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Happy #PresidentsDay! Fun fact: President Lyndon B. Johnson (pictured here with his wife, Lady Bird) signed the National Trail Systems Act of 1968, establishing the #AppalachianTrail as a unit of the National Park Service! #TheMoreYouKnow

LBJ Library photo by Frank Wolfe.
"Walking is a man's best medicine."

-Hippocrates

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Having a piece of #backpacking gear fail mid-trip can be devastating. Backpacker Magazine shares some common mistakes to keep in mind before stepping into the backcountry. [ Ow.ly Link ]

What are some tips for avoiding a gear fail on the #AppalachianTrail?

10 Gear Fails You're Smart Enough to Avoid

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Ridgerunner? Trail Ambassador? Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi has an excellent blog post explaining the role of these vital #AppalachianTrail positions.

Sound like a job for you? We're looking for a Monson, Maine Ridgerunner/A.T. Visitor Center Representative! More info: appalachiantrail.org/careers.

Ridge Runners and Trail Ambassadors | Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi

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Our sincere thanks go out to The Nature Conservancy for preserving 353 acres of the Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania, further protecting the beautiful landscape surrounding the #AppalachianTrail!

Cove Mountain Preserve on Kittatinny Ridge | The Nature Conservancy

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Sonu moved from India to the small town of Pearisburg, Virginia to begin a new life. When #AppalachianTrail hikers began showing up at her hotel, Sonu soon fell in love with this one-of-a-kind community and joined the efforts to preserve the A.T. experience forever.

We are proud to present "Contagious Love", the fifth short film in the #myATstory series. For more behind-the-scenes, including...
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Happy #Valentines Day from the ATC! Give yourself the gift of an #AppalachianTrail #hike with a loved one!

Photo by Rhonda Wise.
The #AppalachianTrail coincides with another famous path: one of the routes for the Underground Railroad! Our newest blog post chronicles the journey of seven Outdoor Afro #hikers following in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman.

A Hike Through History: Following the Path of the Underground Railroad

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Whether you're planning a #thruhike or a day #hike, we've got you covered: check out appalachiantrail.org/hiking for tips on maximizing your #AppalachianTrail experience!
Looking for a #backpacking buddy? The National Forest Foundation has some tips for choosing a #hiking partner that's ideal for you!

What are some characteristics you look for in an outdoor #adventure partner?

Four Tips For Choosing A Hiking Partner - National Forest Foundation

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Many thanks to the National Park Foundation for their awesome write-up about the #AppalachianTrail and the ATC! Check it out here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

A Hike “Thru” the Appalachian Trail | National Park Foundation

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#TBT The 1983 Konnarock Trail Crew knew that maintaining the #AppalachianTrail was dirty work, but we're glad they wanted to do it! Many thanks to the thousands of volunteers who #ProtectYourTrail each year!

Find out how you can get your hands dirty — applications for our 2017 trail crews are available at appalachiantrail.org/crews!
#WednesdayWisdom from National Geographic: a few ideas for improving the sustainability of a #thruhike.

What tips do you have for minimizing your impact on the #AppalachianTrail?

Improving the Sustainability of Thru-Hiking

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#myATstory Contest Round 4 begins! Vote for your favorite #AppalachianTrail story today by clicking here: tinyurl.com/myATstory-round4.

Want a preview? Check out this incredible photo of Mount Moosilauke by Round 4 finalist Nathan Bauman!
Having trouble getting enough sleep? A #winter weekend in the woods may be just what the doctor ordered...

Not Getting Enough Sleep? Camping In February Might Help

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“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

Photo: Bethany Coomes
When planning your #backpacking trips, be careful not to go "stupid light" — Andrew Skurka explains why lighter isn't always better when it comes to your #hiking gear.

Stupid Light: Why lighter is not always right or better

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