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CDT Days 23-51: Colorado

CDT Days 23-51: Colorado

Chama to Pagosa Springs On the morning of 6/1/22 the owner of the hotel in Chama drove me and some other hikers up to the pass. We decided to backtrack...

Jul 2, 2022 : Joseph Gonzalez
Days 11-15: AT Culture (Papa Smurf gets his name) and Off-trail Attractions (Sunshine Grocery)

Days 11-15: AT Culture (Papa Smurf gets his name) and Off-trail Attractions (Sunshine Grocery)

Days 11-15: AT Culture (or Papa Smurf gets his name) and Off-trail Attractions (Sunshine Grocery) Day 11: Carter Gap Shelter – Rock Gap Shelter (3772') 5-14-22 Miles hiked: 12.1 Total...

Jun 8, 2022 : Victor
Tom Turcich (and His Pup) Set to Complete 7-Year Around-the-World Walk Next Month

Tom Turcich (and His Pup) Set to Complete 7-Year Around-the-World Walk Next Month

On April 2, 2015, Tom Turcich, 33, left his home in New Jersey to walk around the world. More than seven years, 26,000 miles, six continents, and one best friend...

Apr 15, 2022 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Intersecting Ghosts on I-81

Intersecting Ghosts on I-81

My windshield wipers struggle to find their cadence, squealing over the too dry windscreen, otherwise, pausing too long to cloud my vision with droplets and highway grit. Phantoms of yesteryear...

Feb 25, 2022 : NoBo Stoat
9 Mistakes I Made on my PCT LASH (Spoiler: Everything Still Turned Out OK)

9 Mistakes I Made on my PCT LASH (Spoiler: Everything Still Turned Out OK)

No hiker does everything perfectly. Last summer, I hiked over 500 miles of the PCT in the desert and the Sierra Nevada. Before my hike, there were plenty of popular...

Feb 9, 2022 : Penina Satlow
PCT Update—2037 Wolverine Miles Completed: Washington, Fire Impact and What Does It Mean To Complete the Trail?

PCT Update—2037 Wolverine Miles Completed: Washington, Fire Impact and What Does It Mean To Complete the Trail?

I would venture to debate that per mile Washington is the toughest 505 mile stretch on the entire Pacific Crest Trail. With its ‘young’ vertical rugged peaks, rough, high off-the-deck,...

Sep 12, 2021 : Terri Schneider
9 Things I Learned While Working At REI During A Pandemic

9 Things I Learned While Working At REI During A Pandemic

It's a strange time to be alive, and a strange time to work retail. Here's what a I've learned while working at REI during a pandemic.

Aug 23, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot
The Triple-Crown Everyone Should Be Talking About: Thru-hiking In A Warming Climate

The Triple-Crown Everyone Should Be Talking About: Thru-hiking In A Warming Climate

Human caused climate change is changing our planet. How will this affect our trails and what can we do to stop it?

Aug 22, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot
Trail Etiquette 101

Trail Etiquette 101

Since basic trail etiquette is oftentimes different from what’s generally accepted in “normal” society, many hikers are unaware of how their actions could be negatively affecting others when out on

Jul 29, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Common Leave No Trace Mistakes Made By Thru Hikers, and How To Avoid Them

Common Leave No Trace Mistakes Made By Thru Hikers, and How To Avoid Them

It’s time to have an honest talk about Leave No Trace and thru hikers. Yes, most of us know the principles, and what it takes to accurately follow them, but...

Jul 22, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn