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Review: Feathered Friends Petrel UL 10 Women’s Sleeping Bag

Review: Feathered Friends Petrel UL 10 Women’s Sleeping Bag

The Petrel UL 10 is Feathered Friends' warmest three-season women-specific sleeping bag. The bag is built with extra fill in the chest and footbox based on regions with need for...

Apr 30, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
20 of the Best Podcasts for Thru-Hikers

20 of the Best Podcasts for Thru-Hikers

Since podcasts first appeared on the smartphone scene in 2004, they’ve filled a niche for listeners who want to laugh, be inspired, be educated, or all of the above. For long-distance...

Apr 30, 2018 : The Editors
Listening to a New Soundscape of Life

Listening to a New Soundscape of Life

I thought I’d have all the time in the world out here to think about things I felt needed to be thought about. I thought, mistakenly, that I might even...

Apr 29, 2018 : Sydnee Tigert
A Novice Emerges Trail Hardened after Snows in Smokies

A Novice Emerges Trail Hardened after Snows in Smokies

I’m a little late on the blog scene here at The Trek as I’m nearing 1,000 miles. So let me get you caught up on the first 900 miles as...

Apr 29, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Expectation vs. Reality: Franklin, N.C., to Fontana Lodge

Expectation vs. Reality: Franklin, N.C., to Fontana Lodge

You go into a thru-hike with a lot of expectations. What the landscape will be like. How you’ll feel. The people you will meet. I left Franklin in high spirits...

Apr 29, 2018 : Hanna Espie
Everything I Need and Nothing That I Don’t

Everything I Need and Nothing That I Don’t

Here is my final pack list for the CDT. I might have to add some winter gear for the San Juans and I might get rid of some pieces if...

Apr 29, 2018 : Nick Cornell
What’s in Your Pack?

What’s in Your Pack?

Who asked that? Well, nobody. Yet I feel it necessary to make my obligatory gear list post before we start hiking tomorrow. I’ve categorized the gear and given the weights...

Apr 29, 2018 : Brian Cornell
In Pursuit of Burgers and Shade: Idyllwild to Big Bear

In Pursuit of Burgers and Shade: Idyllwild to Big Bear

As our spirits rise and our injuries subside (for now), we find ourselves 80 more miles farther on trail and setting our sights on McDonald's at Cajon Pass. San Jacinto...

Apr 29, 2018 : Lindsey Gordon
Decision Time

Decision Time

A couple months ago I went to visit a close friend in Massachusetts and we walked around Walden Pond where Henry Thoreau wrote Walden; or Life in the Woods. I...

Apr 29, 2018 : Corey Schaffer
The Journey Before the Journey

The Journey Before the Journey

Well, well, well. My brother and I finally made it to Lordsburg, N.M. I thought I was due for a little update. Tomorrow morning we are catching the CDTC shuttle...

Apr 29, 2018 : Nick Cornell