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13 Pounds Between Me and the Elements – A PCT Thru-Hike Gear List

13 Pounds Between Me and the Elements – A PCT Thru-Hike Gear List

I have a few purchases left to make, but right now my gear list is pretty solid. Pack weight is at 13 pounds, and that includes a one-pound fudge factor...

Feb 28, 2018 : Smokebeard
Defying Disabilities

Defying Disabilities

Will this generation of thru-hikers understand a “Cat’s in the Cradle” moment? Because I had one today and I suspect, if this pilgrimage goes as hoped, I will have many...

Feb 28, 2018 : Barb Abney
My Thru-Hike Gear, and Why I’m Taking It

My Thru-Hike Gear, and Why I’m Taking It

Ultralight I enjoy making things, so a trip to Walmart got me a car sunshade for around $7. I made a cozy for my pot and for my freezer bag...

Feb 28, 2018 : Arthur Hamilton
How to Think Like an Ecologist During Your Thru-Hike

How to Think Like an Ecologist During Your Thru-Hike

The following is a guest post courtesy of Aaron Sidder, Editor in Chief of Afield Trails. Afield Trails develops mobile apps for hikers to help them discover more about the places they...

Feb 28, 2018 : Guest Post
The Long and Winding Road to the Appalachian Trail

The Long and Winding Road to the Appalachian Trail

Why? That is, of course, the first word that tends to pop out of a person’s mouth the moment you tell them you’re planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail...

Feb 28, 2018 : Audrey Payne
But Seriously… What Are You Afraid Of?

But Seriously… What Are You Afraid Of?

I’m trying to figure out why deciding on life is hard.  Why making forward-moving decisions are the scariest.  Why can’t we just look at something and go, “Yep, this is...

Feb 28, 2018 : Sarah Legg
Shakedown Complete, I’m Ready to Roll

Shakedown Complete, I’m Ready to Roll

 "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson A few weeks ago, I ventured out on my final shakedown. It was my chance to...

Feb 28, 2018 : Lance Ness
We’re Georgia Bound

We’re Georgia Bound

Today’s the day. Sitting at 28,000 feet, looking back and forth between the sunrise over the landscape below and my other half sleeping on his stuff sack beside me. We’re...

Feb 28, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Backpacker Radio Episode #4: The Real Hiking Viking Pt II, Scariest Moments from the Trail, and Thru-Hiking Nutrition

Backpacker Radio Episode #4: The Real Hiking Viking Pt II, Scariest Moments from the Trail, and Thru-Hiking Nutrition

For Episode #4, we are again joined by our buddy, Wayfinder Co-op in Denver, CO Amazing Grass and The Danger of Relying on Faux Foods by powdered milk Tree sap...

Feb 27, 2018 : Zach
What I’m Carrying: My AT Gear List

What I’m Carrying: My AT Gear List

Around this time a few years ago, I bought my first pack. I remember going to the local trail store with my tax return sittin’ pretty in my bank account,...

Feb 27, 2018 : Amanda Johnson