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Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Southern California

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Southern California

At just over 700 miles, the Southern California section of the Pacific Crest Trail is a diverse and stunning landscape, brimming with life, and a fitting start or end to...

Jun 1, 2019 : Lindsey Gordon
Avalanche Danger and Staying Safe on the CDT in 2019

Avalanche Danger and Staying Safe on the CDT in 2019

Due to increased snowpack and avalanche danger this year, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) is encouraging all CDT hikers (thru-hikers and otherwise) to be extra cautious on the trail.

May 25, 2019 : The Editors
2019 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear and Top Advice

2019 Appalachian Trail Hikers Share Their Favorite Gear and Top Advice

We're a few solid months into thru-hiker season on the Appalachian Trail, and it seemed as good a time as any to check in with our bloggers. We asked for...

May 23, 2019 : The Editors
Feeling Safe Again on the Appalachian Trail

Feeling Safe Again on the Appalachian Trail

The recent killing on the Appalachian Trail of Jim: What about weapons? I get asked all the time if I carry a gun on the trail. Howard: While it is...

May 22, 2019 : Jim Rahtz
What to Know About Redlining New Hampshire’s White Mountains

What to Know About Redlining New Hampshire’s White Mountains

You're looking for the ultimate lifelong hiking challenge in the White Mountains. A race to the finish isn't what you're about, and checking mountains off a list isn't up your...

May 6, 2019 : Socked In
How to Choose the Best Camera Gear for a Thru-Hike

How to Choose the Best Camera Gear for a Thru-Hike

Hey all! For those of you who don't know me, the name is Koty, AKA Trash Panda. Over the past three years I have spent my time as what you...

Apr 29, 2019 : Koty Sapp
Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

We'll be the first ones to say it: with few exceptions, it's not really necessary to send mail drops on the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers have the option of hiking through...

Apr 17, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

Before you buy a backpack for your PCT thru-hike, get a reasonable idea of what your pack weight will be (all your gear, food, and water). Most backpack companies state...

Apr 4, 2019 : The Editors
How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

Have you ever noticed that thru-hikers have an awful lot in common with zombies? Both are prone to shuffling glassy-eyed through the woods at strange hours. Both have large appetites

Apr 3, 2019 : Kelly Floro
The Basics of Planning a CDT Thru-Hike

The Basics of Planning a CDT Thru-Hike

Thinking about, or planning a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail? There’s a lot I think you should know, so for this first part, let's about timeline, navigation, alternates, information...

Mar 30, 2019 : Effie Drew