Things I learned about and from the AT – Community

Categories:Appalachian Trail | Camping Advice

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Living in the city and working in corporate America many people tend to loose sight of the amazing feeling of community. This is not always their fault it can be caused by many factors of life.

Leaving it all behind and hitting the trail  for a few days, weeks or even months can restore that connection to community. What is community? Community happens when people connect or come together for a common purpose. You live in a community, your social networks are a community, and the trail is a community.

The trail community is incredibly strong and it’s magic is all over the place. You just have to look for it. The magic will  find you when you need it most. This can be heard in so many people’s stories of trail magic.

Many of the best communities happen accidentally or out of random happenstance. Communities do not have to be large groups of people they can be small. No matter the size you will all connect in a way that will keep you connected for a long time.

If you are familiar of what I am talking about you have experienced trail magic and your own communities and instantly remember the people you met when and where. The stories will stay with you  forever. Savor these communities and the people in them. Just remember that even the smallest gesture of caring may seem so little to you might be the world to others.

Happy Trails.


Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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