Carlie Gentry

After getting a Fine Arts Degree in Photography, I set out and thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013. Upon my return, I landed a job where I got paid to nerd out about gear all day (Thanks REI). A year later I took it one step further into the outdoor retail world and started working for Mountain Crossings at mile 31.7 on the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia. Now I get to live and breathe the AT every single day!

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The 4 Major Differences Between the AT and the PCT

The 4 Major Differences Between the AT and the PCT

Check out our resource for thru-hiking the PCT, Pacific Crest Trials.Many of us leave the AT with dreams of another trail but instead return to

Dec 23, 2022 : Carlie Gentry
5 Tricks to Successfully Thru Hiking

5 Tricks to Successfully Thru Hiking

It's just walking, right?! I mean, really, it is. That's the mechanics of it, at least. But there is so much more than that to successfully thru

Jan 18, 2016 : Carlie Gentry
Mountain Crossings Reinvents The Shake Down

Mountain Crossings Reinvents The Shake Down

One of the unexpected cool things about working for a specialty outdoor retailer that is also a small business is how involved you get. I mean

Dec 16, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
Watch PCT Documentary “Only The Essential” Now!

Watch PCT Documentary “Only The Essential” Now!

Just shy of a year ago I got word of a documentary about the Pacific Crest Trail that we were super exited about. Only the Essential was still in the

Dec 5, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
5 Most Common Newbie Thru Hiker Emotions

5 Most Common Newbie Thru Hiker Emotions

Working for a local, specialty outdoor retailer is an incredible experience. For a practitioner of that sport, it can be a dream job. As a former

Nov 22, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
6 Characteristics of Successful Thru Hikers

6 Characteristics of Successful Thru Hikers

Before I stepped foot on the Appalachian Trail as a thru hiker attempting to reach Katahdin, I was convinced that I was going to meet a lot of people

Oct 28, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
Top 5 Items Sent Home in a Shakedown

Top 5 Items Sent Home in a Shakedown

Shakedown The act of having an experienced backpacker cull through your backpack in search of unneeded items. I have only worked one thru hiker

Jun 12, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
Early Impressions: Nemo Rhapsody 15° Down Sleeping Bag – Women’s

Early Impressions: Nemo Rhapsody 15° Down Sleeping Bag – Women’s

Note: The following is my early impression of the Nemo Rhapsody 15 degree sleeping bag. I will either update this review or write a separate one

Apr 7, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
Trail Karma: Protecting What We Love Most

Trail Karma: Protecting What We Love Most

For most of us who seek the adventure, freedom and beauty of places like the Appalachian Trail, a pristine view off of a mountain peak is the

Feb 26, 2015 : Carlie Gentry
A Scientific Explanation of Hiker Trash (in 25 Images)

A Scientific Explanation of Hiker Trash (in 25 Images)

New studies have taken aim at uncovering one of America's most unknown and exotic subcultures, commonly referred to as "Hiker Trash". With the wave

Jan 28, 2015 : Carlie Gentry