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9 Books about Thru-Hiking and the Outdoors to Read During Quarantine

9 Books about Thru-Hiking and the Outdoors to Read During Quarantine

Hello everyone, and welcome to our updated reality. Instead of trail updates and backpacking roundups, we're doing yoga on our floors and realizing

Mar 24, 2020 : The Editors
The ATC Asks People to “Please Stay Off the Appalachian Trail,” Including Day Hikes

The ATC Asks People to “Please Stay Off the Appalachian Trail,” Including Day Hikes

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued a statement Monday, March 23, asking people to stay off the Appalachian Trail altogether.  This includes day

Mar 23, 2020 : The Editors
What We’re Spending Our REI Dividends on This Year

What We’re Spending Our REI Dividends on This Year

Note to our readers: When you purchase REI items through The Trek's links, the site gets a portion of the sale. This will help keep us afloat during

Mar 20, 2020 : The Editors
What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

Within the past week, every community, industry, age range, and recreation subset has been flipped upside down. Everything from dinner reservations

Mar 19, 2020 : The Editors
REI Stores to Close Nationwide

REI Stores to Close Nationwide

REI President and CEO Eric Artz has announced that all stores will be closed until March 27.  Per Artz's statement: After a great deal of careful

Mar 15, 2020 : The Editors
REI Dividends Are In: Here’s How to Find Yours

REI Dividends Are In: Here’s How to Find Yours

It's the most wonderful time of the year. If you're anything like us, and we're guessing you are, you've spent more than a couple of bucks at REI

Mar 6, 2020 : The Editors
The Best Rain Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

The Best Rain Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

A rain jacket is pretty much nonnegotiable as part of your thru-hiking kit, like a down or synthetic jacket. Sure, it might stay stuffed in your pack

Feb 24, 2020 : The Editors
2020 PCT Hikers Invited to the PCTA’s Webinar on 2/24

2020 PCT Hikers Invited to the PCTA’s Webinar on 2/24

The Pacific Crest Trail Association is inviting members of the PCT class of 2020 to their trail information webinar on Monday, February 24, from 6

Feb 19, 2020 : The Editors
Best Synthetic Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

Best Synthetic Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

While down insulation still owns the field for thru-hiking jackets, synthetic-filled layers are making a dent in the category. As synthetic

Feb 5, 2020 : The Editors
Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2020

Your insulation layer is a key component to your backpacking setup, and rarely is there a time when you should hit the trail without an insulation

Jan 30, 2020 : The Editors