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Steve McClure on Backcountry Safety and Updating the 10 Essentials

Steve McClure on Backcountry Safety and Updating the 10 Essentials

Have you ever set out on a beautiful sunny day that turned into a wet misery halfway through? Did a snowstorm suddenly change course and dump right on your course? Maybe...

Aug 4, 2022 : Alison Young
15 All-Too Common Beginner Backpacking Mistakes

15 All-Too Common Beginner Backpacking Mistakes

We all start somewhere. We all begin as beginners, as novices. And even for experienced hikers, new gear constantly demands we play catch-up. An experienced backpacker in the early ‘90s...

Aug 4, 2022 : Madison Dragna
The Superior Hiking Trail Section-by-Section

The Superior Hiking Trail Section-by-Section

If you thought the Midwest of the United States was just flat and boring and that Minnesota specifically can be filed under “flyover country,” think again. The rugged and scenic...

Jul 28, 2022 : Alison Young
[Book Review] Adventure Ready by Katie Gerber and Heather Anderson

[Book Review] Adventure Ready by Katie Gerber and Heather Anderson

Adventure Ready: A Hiker's Guide to Planning, Training, & Resiliency is a guidebook written by two seasoned long-distance hikers to help others plan and execute their hikes. By making smarter

Jul 25, 2022 : Penina Satlow
How To Thru-Hike in Everyday Life

How To Thru-Hike in Everyday Life

Even the schedule on trail is loose and lackadaisical. It is challenging, but attainable. You start from Point A and eventually end at Point B. It’s so simple, routine, and...

Jul 22, 2022 : Nash Calvin
PCT Week 13: Reaching Half Way, Lassen, and a Realization

PCT Week 13: Reaching Half Way, Lassen, and a Realization

Even more storms, Even more burn areas After a well taken zero in Quincy, Build-a-Bear and I head back into more burn area. Rain and thunderstorms are expected so we...

Jul 16, 2022 : Thomas Allie
Patagonia Barely Baggies Women’s Shorts Review

Patagonia Barely Baggies Women’s Shorts Review

I recently had a chance to test out Patagonia's newest addition to their women's shorts line, the Barely Baggies. I'm sure most people in the hiking world have heard of...

Jul 14, 2022 : Jenn Wall
44 Ultralight Backpacking Tips That Actually Make Sense for Thru-Hikers

44 Ultralight Backpacking Tips That Actually Make Sense for Thru-Hikers

Going ultralight is the holy grail of modern backpacking. Yet so many ultralight backpacking tips I read on the internet are downright silly, or at least unrealistic for thru-hikers. For...

Jul 14, 2022 : Kelly Floro
PCT Week 12: Sierra Buttes, Fire Zones, and Quincy

PCT Week 12: Sierra Buttes, Fire Zones, and Quincy

Last bit of snow (for now) Making my way out of Truckee, I reunite with Mountain Goat. It’s been quite a while since I last saw him, last time being...

Jul 8, 2022 : Thomas Allie
5 Backpacking Hacks I Learned from HikeTok

5 Backpacking Hacks I Learned from HikeTok

There was a time when I was able to claim that I was "only on Instagram." Now, after two rescheduled thru-hikes and catching my first case of COVID, it's fair...

Jul 7, 2022 : Katie Houston