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Post the People: Tips for Photographing People on Trail

Post the People: Tips for Photographing People on Trail

Photography is my language. I'm a very visual person. It's how I communicate; how I teach, how I learn, how I share. You know, I tried to keep a journal...

Feb 17, 2018 : Kylie Torrence
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: The Online Feud Between Carrot Quinn and Lint

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: The Online Feud Between Carrot Quinn and Lint

The Trek Editor's Note We are thrilled to introduce a brand new series to The Trek- Mailbag with National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year. She's about as versatile as they...

Feb 14, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
65 Pieces of Advice From Past Thru-Hikers to Future Thru-Hikers

65 Pieces of Advice From Past Thru-Hikers to Future Thru-Hikers

A person can have a lot of questions as they prepare to hike through the woods, desert, or mountains for six months at a time. So we asked past thru-hikers...

Feb 9, 2018 : The Editors
“What’s the Weather Like in Georgia?”… Surviving the First 75 Miles of the AT

“What’s the Weather Like in Georgia?”… Surviving the First 75 Miles of the AT

"What's the weather like in Georgia in the spring?" is one of what seems like millions of questions that thru-hiker hopefuls ask each year, over and over again, as their...

Feb 8, 2018 : Stacia Bennett
Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

It’s easy to think that getting the right gear is the key to a successful thru-hike. Building the ideal kit for your hiking style certainly does make your hike more...

Feb 6, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Building Backpacking Skills Novice to Pro: The +1 Method

Building Backpacking Skills Novice to Pro: The +1 Method

The Challenge of Backpacking Like most hobbies, backpacking requires a diverse set of skills and equipment. But unlike other activities, getting in over your head on a hike could result...

Feb 6, 2018 : Haiji
2018 PCT Info Part II: Keeping Yourself and the PCT Healthy

2018 PCT Info Part II: Keeping Yourself and the PCT Healthy

This is Part II of our 2018 PCT Guide. Read Part I PCTA’s website has a very informative section for you and your point person at home regarding these situations....

Feb 2, 2018 : Amy
The Danger of Relying on Faux Foods for Fuel

The Danger of Relying on Faux Foods for Fuel

Hikers burn thousands of calories a day, so the quality of the food doesn’t matter, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. When it comes to food on a long trail,...

Jan 29, 2018 : Katie Gerber
2018 PCT Info Part I: Permits, Closures, Sections, and More

2018 PCT Info Part I: Permits, Closures, Sections, and More

If you’re attempting a section hike or thru-hike of the PCT this year, you probably have some questions. Do I need a permit? How do I walk into Canada? What...

Jan 27, 2018 : Amy
Tips And Tricks For Plus-Size Hikers

Tips And Tricks For Plus-Size Hikers

When you look through outdoor magazines, watch adventure movies, or even go into most outdoor stores, you typically don't see plus-size representation. I was told recently, "There is a reason...

Jan 16, 2018 : Ashley Manning