Maggie Slepian

2015 AT thru-hiker. Managing Editor of this website. Writing clips and contact info at maggieslepian.com

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Appalachian Trail State Profile: Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail State Profile: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania—somewhat affectionately known as "Rocksylvania" amongst AT hikers—represents 229 miles of the Appalachian Trail.  The state falls at the

May 7, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

We'll be the first ones to say it: with few exceptions, it's not really necessary to send mail drops on the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers have the

Apr 17, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm is Therm-a-Rest's warmest model in their wildly popular NeoAir sleeping pad line, which includes the NeoAir XLite and

Apr 15, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Oberon Zero-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Oberon Zero-Degree Sleeping Bag

The Therm-a-Rest Oberon is Therm-a-Rest's newest zero-degree sleeping bag, weighing in at 2.5 pounds. This bag has all the trappings of a protective

Apr 11, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Altra Lone Peak 4 RSM

Gear Review: Altra Lone Peak 4 RSM

We have a few seasons in Montana: First Snow, Winter Mud, Snow II, False Spring, Second Winter, Real Spring, Big Mud, and Summer. And back to the

Mar 27, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: MSR Access 2 Four-Season Tent

Gear Review: MSR Access 2 Four-Season Tent

I haven't used a four-season tent consistently before this year, previously opting to take one of my sturdier three-season tents out for winter

Mar 19, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
First Look at the Dirigo 2: Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s New 28-Ounce Shelter

First Look at the Dirigo 2: Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s New 28-Ounce Shelter

"Ultralight shouldn't be a category, it should be the way people set up their backpacking kits." So says Mike St. Pierre, founder and CEO of

Mar 14, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Travis Kauffman, Trail Runner Who Killed Mountain Lion with Bare Hands, Details Attack

Travis Kauffman, Trail Runner Who Killed Mountain Lion with Bare Hands, Details Attack

Travis Kauffman spoke publicly for the first time since his life-and-death encounter with a mountain lion in Colorado, describing in vivid detail how

Feb 14, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Gear Review: Oboz Bridger 7″ BDry Insulated Boots

Gear Review: Oboz Bridger 7″ BDry Insulated Boots

Hi, I'm Maggie and I'm Bad At Winter. I spend November through March April complaining about the cold and doing nothing productive about it, such as

Jan 3, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
Winter Peak Bagging Tips for People Who Hate Winter

Winter Peak Bagging Tips for People Who Hate Winter

Another year, another trip to New Hampshire to visit family. Once again, I find myself voluntarily heading to the mountains with my father and his

Dec 21, 2018 : Maggie Slepian