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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
Smokies Continue Phased Reopening; AT Permits Still not Being Issued

Smokies Continue Phased Reopening; AT Permits Still not Being Issued

(Updated 9 a.m. MT, May 23) The Smokies continued a phased reopening, more than a month after the park closed for all uses. The reopening was

Apr 30, 2020 : The Editors
The 2020 Thru-Hikers Who Stayed Home and are Helping Their Communities

The 2020 Thru-Hikers Who Stayed Home and are Helping Their Communities

At this point it's old news: the 2020 thru-hiking season isn't happening. I've seen prospective 2020 thru-hikers referred to as NOGO hikers (instead

Apr 23, 2020 : The Editors
The Best Deals for Backpackers at the REI Outlet This Week

The Best Deals for Backpackers at the REI Outlet This Week

Big ol' price reductions await savvy shoppers. We might not be getting out as much as we want to right now, but there's always the chance to stock

Apr 10, 2020 : The Editors
The Best Podcasts for Backpackers and Outdoor Lovers

The Best Podcasts for Backpackers and Outdoor Lovers

Since podcasts first appeared on the smartphone scene in 2004, they’ve filled a niche for listeners who want to laugh, be inspired, be educated, or

Apr 4, 2020 : The Editors
15 of Our Best Stories For Outdoor Education, Inspiration, and Entertainment

15 of Our Best Stories For Outdoor Education, Inspiration, and Entertainment

We aren't supposed to travel out of state, many of us aren't even going to work, and depending on your local recommendations, you might even be under

Apr 1, 2020 : The Editors
Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

Forest Service Says PCT Permit Holders Can no Longer Complete Thru-Hike on Public Lands

(Updated 12:30 p.m. MT, April 1) Director of Communications and Marketing for the PCTA, Scott Wilkinson has stated: "What we're now telling the

Mar 31, 2020 : The Editors
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