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.

Posts

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
Trump Moves to Speed Up Oil, Gas Pipeline Construction

Trump Moves to Speed Up Oil, Gas Pipeline Construction

President Trump has signed two executive orders to speed up construction of oil and natural gas pipelines, but his actions on April 10 do not appear

Apr 13, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Food Review: Wild Zora Backpacking Meals

Food Review: Wild Zora Backpacking Meals

In the burgeoning world of backpacking haute cuisine, Wild Zora deserves a shout-out for its emphasis on healthy meals and snacks that address many

Mar 25, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Trump Signs Bill to Permanently Authorize Conservation Fund

Trump Signs Bill to Permanently Authorize Conservation Fund

Updated President Donald Trump signed a major conservation bill Tuesday that permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and

Mar 13, 2019 : Hugh Owen