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2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Registration Now Open

2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Registration Now Open

Attention all aspiring 2018 thru-hikers—the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC's) form is now open to register your start date and location for

Oct 2, 2017 : The Editors
This Week’s Glorious Before-and-After Photos [One pic is NSFW]

This Week’s Glorious Before-and-After Photos [One pic is NSFW]

From fresh gear and nervous excitement at one end, to the dirt-streaked finisher 2,000 miles later, here are this week's thru-hike before-and-after

Sep 29, 2017 : The Editors
Glorious 2017 PCT Before-and-After Photos

Glorious 2017 PCT Before-and-After Photos

Yes, we know the real transformation is what happens inside the soul of a thru-hiker, but that doesn't mean we don't love to see what 2,000 miles of

Sep 25, 2017 : The Editors
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