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A Complete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2021 Edition

A Complete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2021 Edition

Hostels on the Appalachian Trail are part of what makes a thru-hike such a unique experience. We've listed 120+ places to stay between Georgia and

Mar 22, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Quilts of 2021

The Best Backpacking Quilts of 2021

It seems like quilts are all the rage on-trail these days, and it's easy to see why. They're more streamlined than sleeping bags, and when used

Mar 9, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2021

The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags of 2021

We've established the best thru-hiking homes (tents!), beds (sleeping pads!) how to carry them (packs!) and now it's time to choose your comforter

Mar 8, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Packs of 2021

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2021

Your backpacking pack is one of the most important components of your backpacking setup. Your style of pack goes hand in hand with your style of

Feb 25, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2021

Choosing a tent for your thru-hike is a big deal, but it's also probably the least stressful house shopping experience you'll have over the course of

Feb 11, 2021 : The Editors
Best Hiking and Camping Gear Deals from the REI End of Season Clearance Sale

Best Hiking and Camping Gear Deals from the REI End of Season Clearance Sale

It's that time of year again. As the year winds down, outdoor gear retailers look to offload excess merch and clear out their warehouses for new

Dec 25, 2020 : The Editors
The Thru-Hiker Gift Guide: Over $300

The Thru-Hiker Gift Guide: Over $300

Are you looking to wow the thru-hiker in your life with a platinum-level backpacking gear gift this holiday season? We're here to help. Each of these

Dec 10, 2020 : The Editors
The Thru-Hiker Gift Guide: Under $150

The Thru-Hiker Gift Guide: Under $150

The holidays are wonderful. They're also a consistently stressful time for many people—even more so this year amid a global pandemic. That's why we

Dec 2, 2020 : The Editors
The Best Cyber Monday (and Week) Deals for Backpackers and Hikers

The Best Cyber Monday (and Week) Deals for Backpackers and Hikers

Black Friday has come and gone, but the savings are still in full force.  If you're looking to upgrade your kit for 2021, this year's Cyber Monday

Nov 30, 2020 : The Editors
Now You Can Own an Authentic Baxter State Park Trail Sign

Now You Can Own an Authentic Baxter State Park Trail Sign

If you're hunting for the ultimate Appalachian Trail souvenir, you may be in luck. Friends of Baxter State Park is auctioning decommissioned trail

Nov 29, 2020 : The Editors