Hugh Owen

Editor, writer at The Trek. Passions: hiking, snowshoeing, bicycling, craft beer. After 42 years in the crucible of daily and weekly journalism, working for The Trek from home in my sweats and a with cup of coffee brings me great pleasure.

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Goddard Shelter on AT in Vermont Reopens; Bear Killed after Encounters with Hikers

Goddard Shelter on AT in Vermont Reopens; Bear Killed after Encounters with Hikers

Goddard Shelter, a heavily used camping area on the Appalachian and Long Trails in Southern Vermont, has reopened after an aggressive bear looking

Jul 12, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Gear Review: Marmot Phase 20 Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Marmot Phase 20 Sleeping Bag

The Price: $459 MSRP. Weight: 1 pound, 7.3 ounces (men's regular). Insulation: 850+ power down insulation with Down Defender to fend off

Jun 21, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Appalachian Trail Conservancy Updates Online Safety Reporting Site

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Updates Online Safety Reporting Site

In the aftermath of the brutal killing on the Appalachian Trail in May, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has spelled out clearly steps that hikers

Jun 7, 2019 : Hugh Owen
High Drop or Zero Drop? How to Choose Shoes that Work for You

High Drop or Zero Drop? How to Choose Shoes that Work for You

At a time when trail runners have supplanted stiff hiking boots, when zero-drop shoes have become the go-to footwear of long-distance hikers, how do

May 27, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Katahdin Trails Will Open June 15; Baxter Park Warns of Wet Conditions

Katahdin Trails Will Open June 15; Baxter Park Warns of Wet Conditions

The Hunt/Appalachian Trail on Mount Katahdin, the Northern Terminus of the AT, will open Saturday, June 15, enabling SOBO hikers to begin their

May 27, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Honoring Stronghold, and a Life Well Lived on the Appalachian Trail

Honoring Stronghold, and a Life Well Lived on the Appalachian Trail

By all accounts, Ronald "Stronghold" Sanchez Jr. was where he wanted to be: Hiking the Appalachian Trail and trying to put years of post-Iraq War

May 20, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Top of Georgia Hostel on AT Closed for Rest of 2019

Top of Georgia Hostel on AT Closed for Rest of 2019

Top of Georgia Hiking Center, an Appalachian Trail icon for years, closed Wednesday, May 1, until Jan. 1, 2020, for what owner Bob "Sir Packs A Lot"

Apr 30, 2019 : Hugh Owen
UPDATE: AT Hiker Pleads Guilty after Reports of Threats on the Trail

UPDATE: AT Hiker Pleads Guilty after Reports of Threats on the Trail

UPDATE: (8:35 a.m. ET April 26) The Appalachian Trail hiker accused of threatening other hikers on the trail has pleaded guilty to several charges

Apr 22, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Gear Review: Salomon Speedcross 5

Gear Review: Salomon Speedcross 5

The Salomon Speedcross 5 trail runner, a stalwart of Salomon's trail-running line, gets an upgrade for 2019. Wider lugs on the soles give better

Apr 22, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Judge Orders Review of New Coal Leases on Public Lands

Judge Orders Review of New Coal Leases on Public Lands

A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration did not adequately address the environmental effects of coal mining when it sought to

Apr 20, 2019 : Hugh Owen