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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Hiker Found Dead on AT Near Roan Mountain Remembered as Man of Many Passions

Hiker Found Dead on AT Near Roan Mountain Remembered as Man of Many Passions

David Ladley Swanson, 53, of Durham, NC, who died of cardiac arrest on the Appalachian Trail near Roan Mountain on Sept. 2, had hiked the Pacific

Sep 3, 2019 : Hugh Owen
PCT Hiker Dies after Tree Falls on Him in Washington

PCT Hiker Dies after Tree Falls on Him in Washington

A 28-year-old hiker from Germany died on the Pacific Crest Trail after a tree fell on him Tuesday near Trout Lake in Washington. Finn Bastian, of

Aug 29, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Casa de Luna Closing on PCT after 21 Years of Welcoming Hikers

Casa de Luna Closing on PCT after 21 Years of Welcoming Hikers

Casa de Luna, a refuge for weary Pacific Crest Trail hikers for 21 years, will close in 2019 after the final southbound hikers pass through. “It

Aug 25, 2019 : Hugh Owen
AT Hiker Found Dead in Tent Near Trail in Maine

AT Hiker Found Dead in Tent Near Trail in Maine

The body of an Appalachian Trail hiker was found in his tent near the trail in Maine on Monday, Aug. 5, two days after he was reported missing by his

Aug 6, 2019 : Hugh Owen
AT Hikers Now Required to Use Bear Containers, Bear Hangs in Most of Vermont

AT Hikers Now Required to Use Bear Containers, Bear Hangs in Most of Vermont

The Green Mountain National Forest, which includes an Appalachian Trail shelter where a bear was killed after raiding hikers' food, is now requiring

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

Gear Review: Marmot Phase 20 Sleeping Bag

The Marmot Phase 20 is made for hikers pushing into ultralight territory who don't want to sacrifice the warmth and comfort of a good night's sleep.

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