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Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy Smashes Self-Supported (and Supported) AT Record

Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy Smashes Self-Supported (and Supported) AT Record

On August 31 2017, Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy reached Katahdin after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 45 days, 12 hours, and 10 minutes. If

Sep 1, 2017 : The Editors
5 More Trails That Belong on Your Bucket List

5 More Trails That Belong on Your Bucket List

Getting to know different trails around the country (and on occasion, across the globe) is one of our favorite parts of having writers from every

Aug 8, 2017 : The Editors
Time-Tested Gear We Refuse to Get Rid Of

Time-Tested Gear We Refuse to Get Rid Of

While the outdoor industry is constantly coming up with mind-boggling advancements in gear durability, efficiency, and ounce-saving, the old adage

Jul 17, 2017 : The Editors
The Real Hiking Viking’s Ultralight PCT Gear List

The Real Hiking Viking’s Ultralight PCT Gear List

In case you missed it, the dynamic duo of The Real Hiking Viking and Zach Davis (our Editor-in-Chief) are hitting the PCT SOBO.... in T-minus one

Jul 10, 2017 : The Editors
2017 Best Sleeping Bags for Thru Hiking

2017 Best Sleeping Bags for Thru Hiking

Aside from something to look forward to crawling into each night, a thru-hiker's sleeping bag can literally be a lifesaver. When choosing your

Jul 8, 2017 : The Editors
Staying in Thru-Hiking Shape During the Offseason: Kettlebell Training with Lint

Staying in Thru-Hiking Shape During the Offseason: Kettlebell Training with Lint

Only a handful of people on this earth have more hiking experience than Lint. He's hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental

Jul 3, 2017 : The Editors
Our Favorite Backpacking Gear Available at REI’s Labor Day Sale

Our Favorite Backpacking Gear Available at REI’s Labor Day Sale

In case you missed it, REI is running Osprey Exos 58 $165 (originally $220) 2017 Best Packs roundup. It's a near-perfect middle ground between

Jun 28, 2017 : The Editors
The Best Thru Hiking Tents of 2017

The Best Thru Hiking Tents of 2017

A hiker's choice of shelter is an entirely personal decision. Solo hikers who value space over weight often opt for a two-person freestanding tent,

Jun 25, 2017 : The Editors
Best Thru Hiking Backpacks of 2017

Best Thru Hiking Backpacks of 2017

As backpacking gear gets lighter and hikers more savvy with their base weight, the pack trend has followed suit... or perhaps led the charge.We

Jun 12, 2017 : The Editors
Thru-Hiker’s Favorite Appalachian Trail Towns

Thru-Hiker’s Favorite Appalachian Trail Towns

Trail towns are a real richness for this particular trail. -Brian (Gadget) Lewis, NOBO 2010 Seeing a town coming up in the guidebook can make even

Jun 4, 2017 : The Editors