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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
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
Appalachian Trail Game Launches on Android and iOS

Appalachian Trail Game Launches on Android and iOS

Calling all thru-hikers, thru-hiker hopefuls, and Oregon Trail aficionados. We now have a chance to send a hapless digital hiker through the trials

May 16, 2017 : The Editors
24 Insane Thru-Hike Transformation Photos

24 Insane Thru-Hike Transformation Photos

One of the (only) givens of a thru-hike is that you're going to undergo some sort of physical transformation. Each hiker is different—from extreme

May 12, 2017 : The Editors
Tales from the Trail: Volume IV

Tales from the Trail: Volume IV

In this week's edition of Tales from the Trail, we get one of the most accurate descriptions of hiking the Appalachian Trail on record: "If the AT

May 11, 2017 : The Editors