Episode 8: Helloooo!

In 1930 Eiler Larsen set out on what is the first recorded attempt of what we call an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. He didn't make it in one year. He got a little distracted. In the…Read more

Give Me Shelter

When you are hiking on the Appalachian Trail and it starts raining, it’s nice to know that somewhere up ahead there is a cozy shelter you can duck into. Luckily, there are more than 250…Read more

Episode 5: Trail Food

Trail food: it’s kind of weird. Think about it. When else do you eat freeze-dried lasagna? Or several protein bars…in one day? Probably not often. So, just how did trail food become what it is…Read more

Episode 4: Danger!

Bears, lightning, and Lyme...oh my! Natural danger on the Appalachian Trail is a real concern for hikers, but how much should hikers really be concerned about snakes, bears, lightning strikes, and ticks? In this episode…Read more
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Mills Kelly

Mills Kelly, known on the AT by his trail name "Grandaddy Spartan" is a professor of history at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He has been hiking on the trail since 1971 and researching its history since 2016.

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Episode 8: Helloooo!

In 1930 Eiler Larsen set out on what is the first recorded attempt of what we call an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. He didn’t make it in one year. He got a little distracted. In the…

Give Me Shelter

When you are hiking on the Appalachian Trail and it starts raining, it’s nice to know that somewhere up ahead there is a cozy shelter you can duck into. Luckily, there are more than 250…