Advice

The Backpacker’s Guide to Bear Bagging

The Backpacker’s Guide to Bear Bagging

What is the deal with bear bags? Which type should I use, or should I use a canister? Once I have one, what do I do with it?

Apr 16, 2024 : James Cape
5 Budget-Friendly Ultralight Backpacking Hacks

5 Budget-Friendly Ultralight Backpacking Hacks

It's no secret that carrying a heavy pack sucks, but it can be tough to lighten your load without breaking the bank. A high-end ultralight setup can cost thousands of...

Apr 10, 2024 : Moose Juice
Advice From a Ranger: How To Get a Wonderland Trail Permit (and What To Do if You Can’t)

Advice From a Ranger: How To Get a Wonderland Trail Permit (and What To Do if You Can’t)

The Wonderland Trail is a bucket-list hike for backpackers around the world. The trail circumnavigates Mount Rainier and offers countless breathtaking views of the mountain and its neighboring

Apr 4, 2024 : Madeline Newel
Peg Leg’s Top Advice for Thru-Hikers After Trekking 5,500 Miles in 1 Year

Peg Leg’s Top Advice for Thru-Hikers After Trekking 5,500 Miles in 1 Year

Setting out onto a thru-hike is truly the adventure of a lifetime. Some people spend a decade or more of their lives planning for a hike along a national scenic...

Apr 3, 2024 : Peg Leg
How To Hike the Pemi Loop: 30 Miles of Premier Hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

How To Hike the Pemi Loop: 30 Miles of Premier Hiking in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

The Pemi Loop is one of the most infamous backpacking routes in the northeast. While Backpacker Magazine rates the loop as the second hardest day-hike in America, most hikers shudder...

Apr 1, 2024 : Brian Garner
The Quehanna Trail: Finding Solitude in the Pennsylvania Wilds

The Quehanna Trail: Finding Solitude in the Pennsylvania Wilds

With the exception of the AT, Pennsylvania's trails don't receive much attention outside of the Mid-Atlantic region. Many people are thus surprised to learn that the Keystone State hosts a...

Mar 26, 2024 : Troy Zohner
A List of Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

A List of Hostels on the Appalachian Trail

Hostels on the Appalachian Trail are part of what makes a thru-hike such a unique experience. We've listed 100+ places to stay between Georgia and Maine, including a few lodgings...

Mar 21, 2024 : Penina Crocker
Travel Insurance for International Thru-Hikers: 8 Essential Considerations

Travel Insurance for International Thru-Hikers: 8 Essential Considerations

Choosing travel insurance: arguably one of the worst logistical headaches you’ll face when planning an international thru-hike. The process is laden with vague clauses, fine print that matters, and

Mar 19, 2024 : Emily Grundy
How Much Water Should You Carry on the Appalachian Trail?

How Much Water Should You Carry on the Appalachian Trail?

At 2.2 pounds per liter, water is one of the heaviest things you’ll carry on a thru-hike. It’s also the most important thing you’ll carry. Figuring out how much water...

Mar 7, 2024 : Diane Duffard
The Pyrenean Haute Route: 460 Miles of Premier Trekking in France and Spain

The Pyrenean Haute Route: 460 Miles of Premier Trekking in France and Spain

The Pyrenean Haute Route (HRP*), is a 465-mile trek from Hendaye on the Atlantic to Banyuls-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean. It's probably the best thru-hike I've ever done. On the HRP,...

Mar 5, 2024 : Kelly Floro