Joal and Jenny

Hello! We’re Joal and Jenny, a British couple who love spending time outdoors any which way we can. We first learnt that we liked hiking in Nepal where we made up our own route through the Annapurna mountain range. From here we’ve done a fair few in the United Kingdom steadily becoming more self sufficient. In 2018 all this culminated in us hiking Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Now we’re hooked, always keeping an eye out for our next adventure. Currently hiking: Te araroa in New Zealand

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Te Araroa: A Trail Changes With Our “Why”

Te Araroa: A Trail Changes With Our “Why”

Every trail is different, and so are everyone’s stories and reasons why they are hiking. In 2018, years of planning a break from the “traditional

Nov 28, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Zpacks DupleXL Review: An Ultralight Tent for Tall Hikers

Zpacks DupleXL Review: An Ultralight Tent for Tall Hikers

For tall hikers, waking up to a wet sleeping bag as your footbox has been pressed up against the bottom of your tent can be an all too familiar

Apr 18, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
TLDR: Summarizing the 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker Survey (Plus Hikers’ Favorite Sections of the Trail)

TLDR: Summarizing the 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker Survey (Plus Hikers’ Favorite Sections of the Trail)

For the past few months, we’ve been analyzing the results from the 2021 Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker survey. In this post, we'll summarize what we’ve

Feb 3, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Stoves, Diet and Water Filtration on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Stoves, Diet and Water Filtration on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the stoves and water filters they used on their 2021 Thru

Jan 26, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we survey long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the gear they used on their 2021 thru-hike. In this post,

Jan 20, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the sleeping systems they used on their 2021 Thru hike.

Jan 12, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we survey long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the shelter systems they use. In this post we’ll cover

Jan 5, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Inov-8 Thermoshell Pro Insulated Jacket Review

Inov-8 Thermoshell Pro Insulated Jacket Review

A down jacket is a must-have item on pretty much any trail. It packs down small, yet packs enormous warmth when needed. I’ve loved my down puffy

Dec 27, 2021 : Joal and Jenny
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Following the general information survey results released a few weeks ago, our attention now turns to Joal’s favorite subject: gear. Each year as

Dec 22, 2021 : Joal and Jenny
The 2021 AT Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

The 2021 AT Thru-Hiker Survey: General Information

Welcome to the 2021 Appalachian trail thru-hiker survey! We are glad to be back after taking last year off due to… well you know. (We did survey AT

Dec 10, 2021 : Joal and Jenny