The book "Wild" tells the story of Cheryl Strayed's journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. The author made the trek after struggling with her mother's death, and her own addictions. Around the time the book came out, Luke DeGroote also turned to hiking the Pacific Crest for a kind of therapeutic journey.
The journey of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail is approximately five million footsteps. In her first commentary for The Allegheny Front, Mackenzie Evan Smith recalls her initial impressions of Pennsylvania during that journey.
On June 19, 2013 Joanna Swanson uploaded the latest blog post of her 1,800-mile journey to become one of the first through-hikers of the Great Eastern Trail. She and Bart Houck began their trek on January 10 and finished six months and ten days later, traveling through nine different states.
Each year up to half a million deer are harvested during the late fall and early winter hunt in Pennsylvania. For The Allegheny Front’s former intern, Patrick Wagner, deer season meant a day off from his elementary school. But it also meant getting in touch with his family's roots.
Big game hunting is an important part of life for some stars in another big game—professional football. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is quite the outdoorsman. Paul Guggenheimer, with 90.5 WESA's news program "Essential Pittsburgh," talked with Keisel.