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10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

It’s just before dawn, and the mountains all around you are tranquil. You can tell it’s going to be a glorious morning, and you feel the call of a new...

Mar 21, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in Spring

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in Spring

Springtime on the Appalachian Trail—can it get any better? I submit that it cannot. Nestled between the subzero temperatures of mountain winters and the overwhelming crowds of summer, the

Mar 11, 2019 : Brandon Chase
All About Chafing: Awkward but Necessary Advice

All About Chafing: Awkward but Necessary Advice

Content warning: This is a topic of sensitive matters that involves talking about delicate areas. If you are easily offended by anatomical discussions, you've been warned. There you are in...

Mar 11, 2019 : Ashley Manning
Resupplying and Accessing Towns Along the Appalachian Trail

Resupplying and Accessing Towns Along the Appalachian Trail

Resupplying on the Appalachian Trail is easier then you might think. While the heart of the AT takes you through the Appalachian mountains and there are certainly remote parts of...

Mar 9, 2019 : The Editors
So You Want a Leave of Absence?

So You Want a Leave of Absence?

If an extended hiking trip has always been your dream (and it is for me), you may be thinking about requesting a leave of absence from your job. I enjoy...

Mar 6, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

One of life's biggest stressors—both on and off the trail—is money. Don't bring that stress with you during a thru-hike, or at least try to minimize the impact. Running out...

Mar 4, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Cold Soaking Your Meals: Two Thru-Hikers Share Their Wisdom

Cold Soaking Your Meals: Two Thru-Hikers Share Their Wisdom

When most people imagine camping, they picture a group of friends huddled around a campfire grilling hot dogs, followed by roasting s’mores. And there are certainly scenarios where that is...

Mar 2, 2019 : Jenna Oppenheimer
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?...

Mar 1, 2019 : Rachel Meltzer
Five Bad Days on the PCT and How I Got Through Them

Five Bad Days on the PCT and How I Got Through Them

There are plenty of blogs, vlogs, Instagram feeds, and hiker war stories out there that highlight how awesome doing a long-distance hike can be. Everyone has amazing stories and pictures...

Feb 28, 2019 : Smokebeard
Overcoming the Desire to Quit During a Thru-Hike

Overcoming the Desire to Quit During a Thru-Hike

It took me approximately 60 days to want to quit the Pacific Crest Trail. Until that point, the trail had been relatively smooth sailing. Sure, there were the days that...

Feb 26, 2019 : Alexa Bonsai Shapiro