The latest issue of A.T. Journeys, the magazine of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, has just been posted to the ATC website.
Of particular interest in this issue is the article about the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew (S.W.E.A.T.). It's basically a day in the life type article on what it's like to be a part of the crew that helped to repair the section of trail near the Tricorner Knob Shelter this past summer.
"Carry a stick of butter; it is an ideal survival food."
There's also a good article about two avid hikers and their plans to hike to the summit of Mt. Katahdin - in the winter.
The same link to the magazine also provides access to past issues of A.T. Journeys. Just below the most recent issue is an article that provides a good overview of the elk reintroduction program in the Smokies.