Diane Duffard

Hi! I'm Diane, but I also answer to Firefly. I discovered backpacking in college and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016, followed by the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. If I'm not hiking, I can usually be found writing, gardening, or hanging out with my dog, Theo.

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The Budget Backpacking Gear List

The Budget Backpacking Gear List

For the budget-conscious hiker, buying long-distance backpacking gear can be an intimidating prospect. Sleep systems, backpacks, trekking poles,

Apr 9, 2024 : Diane Duffard
Appalachian TrailFest Canceled for 2024

Appalachian TrailFest Canceled for 2024

The Appalachian TrailFest in Hot Springs, North Carolina has been canceled for 2024. The TrailFest is the second-largest trail festival after

Mar 8, 2024 : Diane Duffard
How Much Water Should You Carry on the Appalachian Trail?

How Much Water Should You Carry on the Appalachian Trail?

At 2.2 pounds per liter, water is one of the heaviest things you’ll carry on a thru-hike. It’s also the most important thing you’ll carry. Figuring

Mar 7, 2024 : Diane Duffard
36 East Coast Trails That Aren’t the Appalachian Trail

36 East Coast Trails That Aren’t the Appalachian Trail

When it comes to hiking on the east coast, the Appalachian Trail usually gets all the attention. After all, it's one of the Triple Crown trails, and

Feb 9, 2024 : Diane Duffard
Excerpt From Hiking the Hexa by Claire McCall

Excerpt From Hiking the Hexa by Claire McCall

In this book excerpt from Hiking the Hexa, self-employed New Zealand journalist Claire McCall and her partner James tackle an epic adventure — the

Jan 29, 2024 : Diane Duffard
The Best Backpacking Gear Deals from Around the Web

The Best Backpacking Gear Deals from Around the Web

If you're looking for some gear for your upcoming adventures, check out these great deals on backpacking gear from around the web. Most of these are

Jan 19, 2024 : Diane Duffard
Comprehensive Management Plan Released for the Pacific Northwest Trail

Comprehensive Management Plan Released for the Pacific Northwest Trail

Fourteen years after being designated a National Scenic Trail, land managers finally have a blueprint for the completion and management of the

Jan 11, 2024 : Diane Duffard
The Best Backpacking Gear Deals from Around the Web

The Best Backpacking Gear Deals from Around the Web

Are you heading into the new year with some backpacking adventures in mind? If so, check out these great deals on backpacking gear from around the

Jan 5, 2024 : Diane Duffard
10 Awesome Winter Day Hikes

10 Awesome Winter Day Hikes

When winter arrives, it doesn't have to mean hiking season's over. Snow and ice can transform trails into new adventures with different kinds of

Dec 20, 2023 : Diane Duffard
11 AT and PCT Thru-Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear

11 AT and PCT Thru-Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear

As the 2023 thru-hiking season draws to a close, we’ve asked our Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail finishers to share which gear items became

Dec 11, 2023 : Diane Duffard