Stories of the Appalachian Trail
Where We Walk
This six-part podcast miniseries explores the women who have helped make the Trail what it is today, as well as those who are shaping its future.
“Where We Walk: Stories of the Appalachian Trail,” is a special podcast series developed by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in collaboration with the She Explores Podcast and made possible with a grant from REI Co-op. This groundbreaking six-part miniseries explores the women who have helped make the Trail what it is today, as well as those who are shaping its future.
Airing every Monday starting on September 21, each episode of “Where We Walk” will examine a variety of topics and themes, including the next generation of Trail caretakers, overcoming challenges to make a thru-hike possible, how the history of the Trail has both included and excluded women, and the wildlife that inhabits the landscapes surrounding the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Where We Walk: Memories of the A.T.
On the first episode of Where We Walk, we share submissions from women whose lives have been shaped by the A.T., whether on a thru, section, or day hike.
Where We Walk: We’re Here, Too
In the second episode of Where We Walk, we share the stories of three women who have made an impact in the outdoors with their different perspectives and identities.
Where We Walk: What Youth Have to Teach Us
Explore some of the impacts of introducing kids and young people to paths like the Appalachian Trail, like creating a lifelong relationship with nature.
Where We Walk: Dreaming of Hiking the Appalachian Trail
In the fourth episode, we hear from Brittany and Laura, two women who share a longing and a love for the Appalachian Trail.
Where We Walk: Meeting Wildlife on the A.T.
In the fifth episode of Where We Walk, we hear from two incredible human voices, conservationist Sally Naser and bird researcher Amber Wendler.
Series developed by:
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is 2,193 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
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Special Thanks to REI Co-op for Their Support
A very special thank you to our partner REI Co-op for their generous support of this project and for all the ways they create meaningful connections between people and the outdoors. Through their support, the ATC was able to work with She Explores Podcast on this series and develop an affinity group focused on amplifying opportunities for women. The group, Wild East Women (WEW), hosts women’s workdays and promotes opportunities for connection and celebration for stewards and hikers. The volunteer-led affinity group was launched as a means through which those with shared interests and shared identities can contribute to stewardship projects. Open to all, affinity groups complement the work of the ATC, the 31 Volunteer Trail Maintaining Clubs and ally organizations. Workdays underpin the ATC’s ongoing work to improve access to the A.T. for recreation and stewardship, and to strengthen the organization’s values of equity and inclusion by expanding volunteer opportunities for all.
For more information, visit https://www.rei.com/h/philanthropy.