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Black Bears and Thru-Hiking: Your Questions Answered

Black Bears and Thru-Hiking: Your Questions Answered

On a recent hike through Glacier National Park, my wife, Michelle, and I encountered multiple bears. Michelle had a more than healthy respect for the animals. I, on the other...

Sep 14, 2020 : Jim Rahtz
Best of Southern California Backpacking and Day Hiking

Best of Southern California Backpacking and Day Hiking

I've lived in Southern California for five years and still feel like I'm scratching the surface of available adventure around me. The beaches are great, but within three hours of...

Sep 9, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Backpacking with Babies: 6 Tips From Hiking Parents

Backpacking with Babies: 6 Tips From Hiking Parents

A lot can change after having kids, but a love for hiking and backpacking shouldn't be one of them. Here's a look at advice from those who backpack with kids.

Sep 4, 2020 : Alex Murphy
How to Plan a Budget for Your Thru-Hike: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Plan a Budget for Your Thru-Hike: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Not Run Out of Money on Trail

Sep 4, 2020 : Megan McGowan
Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Triple Crown

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Triple Crown

I hiked the Triple Crown in two years and two months, starting with the PCT, CDT and then the AT. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I started. 

Aug 27, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

(Originally published June 2019; updated September 2020) Acing a long hike on short legs There’s a gap in Virginia just for us! An underrepresented population Welcome, small-sized gals (and

Aug 25, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Essential Considerations for International Backpacking

Essential Considerations for International Backpacking

Editor's note: This story was written prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 and therefore does not touch upon pandemic specific considerations.  You are strongly encouraged to do your own research

Aug 18, 2020 : Bethany Hughes
My PCT Thru-Hike: By the Numbers

My PCT Thru-Hike: By the Numbers

If there's ever been a thru-hike number or statistic you've been curious about, you've come to the right place. Every number and calculation from beers per mile to the number...

Aug 13, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Black Girl Hair Tips for Hiking and Backpacking

Black Girl Hair Tips for Hiking and Backpacking

Until recently, I wasn't really sure hiking was even a thing Black people really did. I have even found myself thinking, I’d like to hike but what would I do...

Jul 29, 2020 : Kimberly Scott
How to Plan a Backcountry Trip During a Pandemic

How to Plan a Backcountry Trip During a Pandemic

My most recent trip into the High Sierra was one for the books. For three nights, I slept under the summer stars after days filled with granite peaks, alpine lakes,...

Jul 28, 2020 : Katie Kommer