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Final Days Pre-Trail (April 16, 2021)

Final Days Pre-Trail (April 16, 2021)

I spend a lot of time musing over how starting this thru hike feels a little different from starting the Appalachian Trail, four years ago. Four years later, it seems...

Apr 16, 2021 : Katie Eckman
Star Giraffe

Star Giraffe

Check it out: We are sitting in a line on a Thermarest foam pad: Cheese Slice, myself, Magnet, and Tosser. Our heads are tilted up and we are drinking in...

Apr 16, 2021 : Lil Ghost
PCT Shakedown Hike on The Shawangunk Ridge Trail

PCT Shakedown Hike on The Shawangunk Ridge Trail

Testing out all my PCT gear on a shakedown hike of the 70+ mile Shawangunk Ridge Trail

Apr 14, 2021 : Jennifer Foster
2021 PCT Thru-Hiker Gear Breakdown

2021 PCT Thru-Hiker Gear Breakdown

Gear breakdown - my favorite! I am a total gear junkie and have spent many hours researching each piece of gear in my pack; I am excited to share this...

Apr 13, 2021 : Jennifer Foster
10 Ways I’m (Emotionally) Preparing For The CDT

10 Ways I’m (Emotionally) Preparing For The CDT

First, thank you to the trees back East where I grew up. Thank you to the lakes, the loons, and the cold winters of my teenage years further North. Thank...

Apr 8, 2021 : Matthew Kok
A 16-Question Interview with a 2021 NOBO PCT Hiker

A 16-Question Interview with a 2021 NOBO PCT Hiker

Remember a long time ago when I described how, until recently, I “let” my friends do basic backpacking chores for me, like filter water, use a Jet Boil, and carry...

Apr 8, 2021 : Rachel
In Praise of Tests

In Praise of Tests

Yo-Yo Taming As we pulled out of our driveway in Northern Washington, I suddenly started sobbing. The gut-wrenching kind of sob that makes you blow a lot of snot on...

Apr 7, 2021 : Terri Schneider
Why I’m Hiking the Great Divide Trail (GDT) during COVID-19

Why I’m Hiking the Great Divide Trail (GDT) during COVID-19

So I guess I'm hiking the Great Divide Trail (GDT) this year.  Like many others, I had bigger, more ambitious plans before COVID-19 dropped by unannounced for what has been...

Mar 26, 2021 : Josh Brown
From the Cornfields of Illinois to Thru-hiking the New England Trail

From the Cornfields of Illinois to Thru-hiking the New England Trail

My Hiker Origin Story Growing up, yearly trips to Montana filled my midwestern dreams with nightly images of peaks, trails, and raging rivers. However, I was never what you would...

Mar 26, 2021 : Jacob Deutsch
Quarantine Dreams: 11,000 Miles in 2022

Quarantine Dreams: 11,000 Miles in 2022

“If your dreams don’t scare you, you aren’t dreaming big enough.” I first came across this quote in an interview I read somewhere with one of the greatest adventure athletes...

Mar 25, 2021 : Carl Stanfield