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Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Backpacking Meals

Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Backpacking Meals

...For When You Hate Everything in Your Food Bag The first few hundred miles of your hike will be a blissful, face-stuffing party of Snickers and pasta sides, but soon...

Jul 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
How to Prepare for a Camping Trip During a Pandemic

How to Prepare for a Camping Trip During a Pandemic

Preparing for this camping trip was definitely a different experience than planning for previous ones. We had to anticipate and respond to new challenges posed by the pandemic and pack...

Jul 27, 2020 : Sarah
Biggest Similarities (and Differences) Between Backpacking and Bike Packing

Biggest Similarities (and Differences) Between Backpacking and Bike Packing

Last summer I gave bike packing a try for the first time. I had no specific gear for the sport, but I had backpacking gear and a full-suspension mountain bike....

Jul 18, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in Arches National Park

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in Arches National Park

If you dream of warm air, bright colors, and some of the most unique hiking in the country, then look no farther than Arches National Park. The park features the...

Jun 26, 2020 : Colleen Goldhorn
Our Pledge to Do Better

Our Pledge to Do Better

Inequality and the outdoors During a time when society can't agree on the shape of our planet, not even the most conspiracy-minded would argue that the outdoors is a diverse...

Jun 11, 2020 : Zach
How Not to Mistake Lyme for Coronavirus

How Not to Mistake Lyme for Coronavirus

It’s tick season again. Flu-like symptoms, fever, malaise, fatigue. Sounds familiar, right? These are often the base symptoms for Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that effects outdoor enthusiasts

Jun 10, 2020 : Effie Drew
Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

One of the universal characteristics of people who love the outdoors is that we enthusiastically lean into discomfort.  The outdoors community is mostly white, which has allowed us the privilege

Jun 3, 2020 : The Editors
Nine Pieces of Thru-Hiking Gear to Splurge on, and Nine to Save On

Nine Pieces of Thru-Hiking Gear to Splurge on, and Nine to Save On

Choosing gear for a thru-hike or even for weekend backpacking can be daunting. So what gear should you buy on the cheap and where should you splurge for the best?...

Jun 1, 2020 : Rachel Meltzer
A Complete Guide to Resupply on the John Muir Trail

A Complete Guide to Resupply on the John Muir Trail

Editor’s Note: In light of the COVID crisis, The Trek is committed to following all CDC and trail organization recommendations. As trails open up and longer hikes become possible, it’s...

May 28, 2020 : Inga Aksamit
ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

May 20, 2020; 2:30 p.m. MST: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has released updated guidelines for Appalachian Trail users, including day hikers, overnight hikers, and prospective 2020

May 20, 2020 : Maggie Slepian