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The Best Podcasts for Thru-Hikers

The Best Podcasts for Thru-Hikers

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

Mar 9, 2019 : The Editors
REI Dividends Are in: Here’s How to Find Yours

REI Dividends Are in: Here’s How to Find Yours

It's the most wonderful time of the year. If you're anything like us, and we're guessing you are, you've spent more than a couple of bucks at REI

Mar 8, 2019 : The Editors
The Trek and Garage Grown Gear Present the Thru-Hiking Giveaway!

The Trek and Garage Grown Gear Present the Thru-Hiking Giveaway!

Welcome to your next gear kit, courtesy of Garage Grown Gear, yours truly, and 19 top-of-the-line cottage-industry backpacking gear brands. This is

Feb 27, 2019 : The Editors
Dan’s Top 5 Pieces of Gear for a PCT Thru-Hike

Dan’s Top 5 Pieces of Gear for a PCT Thru-Hike

In this video, Dan shares his top 5 favorite pieces of gear that he carried with him on his SOBO PCT thru hike. His list is comprised of no-fuss,

Feb 18, 2019 : The Editors
Treating Water and Managing Hydration on the Appalachian Trail

Treating Water and Managing Hydration on the Appalachian Trail

Water is the most important resource thru-hikers must learn to manage on the Appalachian Trail. Water is typically easy to find—as hikers meander

Feb 11, 2019 : The Editors
The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Results from the 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Results from the 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

We recently wrapped up our survey series on the top gear choices for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Our survey included information not only on the

Feb 5, 2019 : The Editors
How to Choose Your Shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail

How to Choose Your Shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail

The next category in our Pacific Crest Trail gear posts covers how to pick your shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail, a choice you'll want to make

Feb 4, 2019 : The Editors
What You Need to Know About Camping and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

What You Need to Know About Camping and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

Sleeping in the woods is a regular part of any thru-hike. Aside from the occasional town or hostel, the majority of a thru-hike will be spent

Jan 29, 2019 : The Editors
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