Of Axes and Friends

Appalachian Mountain Club

Avery Jenkins, with a story about the fierce friendship between him and a fellow crew member as they were clearing the Appalachian Trail.

Guyhood Call for Submissions: Get Outside, Because “Out is In”

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July is National Parks and Recreation Month and Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. GMP wants your stories about outdoor adventures, misadventures, and everything in between.

Hike for Heroes 2014: Combating Veteran Suicide One Step at a Time

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Support a father and son pair as they hike the Appalachian Trail to raise money and awareness to save veterans from suicide.

Bored? Walk the Appalachian Trail (or just read about it)

A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson

Jesse Kornbluth reviews A Walk in the Woods and realizes that Bill Bryson is a funny, funny man.

Four Tips for Overcoming Fear from a Cancer-Surviving Marine

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Jay Platt was told no one could possibly swim across the Mississippi River blindfolded, handcuffed and shackled. He did it anyway.

Solitude is Sweeter, Having Been Appreciated

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How to understand the paradox of being celebrated vs. socially celibate.

The Trail


The Appalachian Trail is the ultimate test: endurance, perseverance, and surrendering control. For John Cave Osborne, nothing illustrates this better than having to run from a hungry bear.