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Do You Have a Backpacking Romance Story?  We Want to Feature You!

Do You Have a Backpacking Romance Story? We Want to Feature You!

Did you find your significant other on trail? Or maybe a relationship that fizzled out? Or even a one-night stand? Either way, we want to hear

Aug 25, 2020 : The Editors
21 of Our Most Useful, Informative, Popular Gear Articles

21 of Our Most Useful, Informative, Popular Gear Articles

Over the years, we have amassed quite a collection of gear reviews, roundups, Best-Ofs, tech breakdowns, updates from season to season, and advice

Jul 29, 2020 : The Editors
Discomfort: A Call for LGBTQ+ Representation in the Outdoor Community

Discomfort: A Call for LGBTQ+ Representation in the Outdoor Community

Let’s talk about discomfort. For the outdoor community, discomfort has long manifested as: rain, freezing temperatures, endless climbs, swarms of

Jun 29, 2020 : The Editors
Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Summer Clearance

Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s Summer Clearance

Summer might have just started, but REI's summer clearance is in full swing. Polish up your backpacking and camping gear setup for your summer

Jun 23, 2020 : The Editors
Trek Readers’ Favorite Day Hikes Close to Home

Trek Readers’ Favorite Day Hikes Close to Home

Amid the economic and mental turmoil wrought by COVID-19, the outdoors has been a satisfying—if brief—escape for many of us. We asked Trek readers to

Jun 8, 2020 : The Editors
The Great American Outdoors Act is up for a Vote in Congress

The Great American Outdoors Act is up for a Vote in Congress

In case 2020 wasn’t full of enough surprises, there’s one you may have missed that could be a boon for the trails we love. Back in March, President

Jun 7, 2020 : The Editors
Climbing for a Cause: Brittney Woodrum on her Goal to Summit the Colorado 14ers Carrying a ShelterBox

Climbing for a Cause: Brittney Woodrum on her Goal to Summit the Colorado 14ers Carrying a ShelterBox

Climbing Colorado’s 58 Fourteeners is a rite of passage for every aspiring mountaineer. Towering over 14,000 feet, these mountains rank as some of

Jun 5, 2020 : The Editors
Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

One of the universal characteristics of people who love the outdoors is that we enthusiastically lean into discomfort.  The outdoors community is

Jun 3, 2020 : The Editors
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s 2020 Anniversary Sale

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s 2020 Anniversary Sale

REI’s Anniversary Sale is one of their biggest sale events of the year, and this year is no exception. Deals include Patagonia jackets, NEMO tents

May 15, 2020 : The Editors
Gear Wars: Somewear Global Hotspot Vs. Garmin inReach Mini

Gear Wars: Somewear Global Hotspot Vs. Garmin inReach Mini

Satellite-enabled location tracking, backcountry GPS units, and off-grid texting have become almost ubiquitous when it comes to long-distance hiking.

May 10, 2020 : The Editors