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How to Choose Your Sleeping Bag and Pad for the Pacific Crest Trail

How to Choose Your Sleeping Bag and Pad for the Pacific Crest Trail

The major four categories of backpacking gear (aka the Big Three) are your sleep system, shelter, and backpack. These items often take up 65-80% of

Jan 23, 2019 : The Editors
Northbound, Southbound, Flip-Flop: The Basics of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiking Routes

Northbound, Southbound, Flip-Flop: The Basics of Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiking Routes

One of the most important decisions thru-hikers need to make before starting their adventure is what Appalachian Trail thru-hiking route they

Jan 21, 2019 : The Editors
Don’t Forget to Register Your 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Don’t Forget to Register Your 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Attention all aspiring 2019 thru-hikers—don't forget to register your thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC's) form, including start

Jan 17, 2019 : The Editors
A Brief History of the Appalachian Trail

A Brief History of the Appalachian Trail

The history of the Appalachian Trail is as complex as its construction. The idea for the footpath was birthed by Benton MacKaye. In 1921 MacKaye made

Jan 17, 2019 : The Editors
Pacific Crest Trail Gear: Let’s Get Back to the Basics

Pacific Crest Trail Gear: Let’s Get Back to the Basics

On the PCT, the odds are against you succeeding. Estimates say that between 50-60% fall short of their goal of completing the entire trail. There are

Jan 17, 2019 : The Editors
Women on Trail: Stories of Courage, Endurance, Empowerment

Women on Trail: Stories of Courage, Endurance, Empowerment

The numbers are daunting. About 70 percent of AT thru-hikers are men. Mostly twentysomething men. They dominate the shelters, the trail, the

Jan 15, 2019 : The Editors
The Government Has Shut Down: Here’s What it Means for the Appalachian Trail

The Government Has Shut Down: Here’s What it Means for the Appalachian Trail

What does a government shutdown mean for the Appalachian Trail? Like other recent closures, this is considered a “soft” closure, which means the

Dec 21, 2018 : The Editors
Watch This Before You Decide to Thru-Hike

Watch This Before You Decide to Thru-Hike

If you were to get your education on thru-hiking from Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, you might come away thinking that it was a half-year

Dec 17, 2018 : The Editors
Court Quotes Lorax in Rejecting Pipeline that Would Cross AT in Virginia

Court Quotes Lorax in Rejecting Pipeline that Would Cross AT in Virginia

A federal court has rejected permits for a natural gas pipeline that would cross two national forests and the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, saying

Dec 15, 2018 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Gear of 2018

The Best Backpacking Gear of 2018

These are the gear items that thru-hikers couldn't live without this year, along with top picks from our thru-hiker survey. We've included everything

Dec 13, 2018 : The Editors