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Be a Good Princess and Follow Your Man

Be a Good Princess and Follow Your Man

“Oh, you’re hiking with your boyfriend.” It’s the phrase that makes me want to cringe. Or, maybe it’s not the phrase. Maybe it’s the tone. It’s that subtle insinuation, that...

Jan 31, 2019 : Stephanie Messina
The Perils of Not Hiking Alone

The Perils of Not Hiking Alone

A lot of people get worked up about thru-hikers going solo. There are multiple articles and videos about thru-hiking solo and past hikers are always encouraging people that they can...

Jan 31, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
The Gang’s All Gear: My Pre-Hike Big Four

The Gang’s All Gear: My Pre-Hike Big Four

Zzzzziiiip. My eyes blink open. I'm snug in my sleeping bag. The smell of corned beef hash cooking on the camp stove hangs in the air. Warm, morning light filters...

Jan 31, 2019 : Katy Amphlett
In Praise of Not Overplanning

In Praise of Not Overplanning

For the past few weeks I have stopped giving a crap about the details. So I’d like to talk about the reasons for not thinking intensely about my PCT 2019...

Jan 31, 2019 : Sophie Bonstrom
8 Reasons to Section Hike a Long Trail

8 Reasons to Section Hike a Long Trail

Being able to thru-hike a National Scenic Trail is a dream come true for many. Thru-hikers will spend up to six months hiking a long trail like the PCT, CDT,...

Jan 31, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Hiking on a Budget: Finding Nemo in the Clearance Aisle

Hiking on a Budget: Finding Nemo in the Clearance Aisle

Gear. This word alone is enough to start a conversation that easily snowballs into avalanche proportions when brought up between hikers. Personally, I'm great at the conversation part. Weighing

Jan 31, 2019 : Katie
The Great Trail … Something a Little Different

The Great Trail … Something a Little Different

Like many in the backpacking community, I am looking forward with anticipation, impatience, and at times a bit of secret apprehension to the start of a big hike this spring....

Jan 30, 2019 : Sonya
PCT Training on the Te Araroa

PCT Training on the Te Araroa

In November I put into motion the grand plan for my sabbatical year off work. The dream was the PCT in April, but with an entire year off work I...

Jan 30, 2019 : Kez
Flip-Flopping and the Great Bear Bag Debate

Flip-Flopping and the Great Bear Bag Debate

Y'all, I leave for Springer Mountain in less than two months. I can hardly wrap my head around it. But I'll pretend I'm prepared and address a few of the...

Jan 30, 2019 : Phoebe Anderson
Why and How a Salty Marine Became a Thru-Hiker

Why and How a Salty Marine Became a Thru-Hiker

In 2010 I was on my second combat deployment in Afghanistan. I was in a pretty miserable place in my life and was looking forward to exiting the Marine Corps....

Jan 30, 2019 : Matt Robbins