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Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Handling Injuries on Long-Distance Trails

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Handling Injuries on Long-Distance Trails

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to Mailbag with National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. But the real reason we love JPD and ask for her input? For such an accomplished hiker,...

May 9, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
How to Avoid Altitude Sickness During High-Elevation Hikes

How to Avoid Altitude Sickness During High-Elevation Hikes

Congratulations! After years of hiking and climbing at lower altitudes, you’ve decided to climb that high-elevation peak or take the high-country trail that’s been sitting on your bucket list. The

May 2, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
20 of the Best Podcasts for Thru-Hikers

20 of 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 all of the above. For long-distance...

Apr 30, 2018 : The Editors
Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail

Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the Appalachian Trail

 The outdoor community has always had a way of attracting utopian dreamers, and the tradition of trail magic is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the experience of the Appalachian Trail....

Apr 25, 2018 : Jessica Tinios
Planning a Thru-Hike from Abroad: A Guide to Visas, Phones, and Food

Planning a Thru-Hike from Abroad: A Guide to Visas, Phones, and Food

Whether you’re hiking the PCT, AT, CDT or one of the other many trails in the U.S, there is a lot of research and planning that goes into it, especially...

Apr 24, 2018 : Bridget Love
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Should You Thru-Hike With Your Significant Other?

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Should You Thru-Hike With Your Significant Other?

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to our sixth Mailbag with National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. But the real reason we love JPD and ask for her input? For such an...

Apr 22, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

Why You Should Join Your Local Appalachian Trail Club

With more than 6,000 volunteers dedicating around 270,000 hours each year, the Appalachian Trail is one of the world’s largest ongoing volunteer projects. Volunteers touch every aspect of what makes

Apr 18, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the PCT

Best Places to Do Trail Magic on the PCT

This time last year, I started walking toward Canada on the PCT. I walked into camp that first night with as much dignity as I could muster, wondering if maybe...

Apr 16, 2018 : Brooke Eller
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Dealing With Post-Trail Depression

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: Dealing With Post-Trail Depression

The Trek Editor’s Note Welcome to our fifth Mailbag with National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. But the real reason we love JPD and ask for her input? For such an...

Apr 11, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Fabrics

Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Fabrics

Waterproof fabric technology has come a long way since its humble complicated chemical beginnings in Bob Gore's laboratory. I'll spare you the details of how intermolecular forces prevent water

Apr 7, 2018 : Stacia Bennett