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The Trail Doesn’t Cost a Thing (But the Gear Does): How to Get Out There Without Blowing Your Paycheck

The Trail Doesn’t Cost a Thing (But the Gear Does): How to Get Out There Without Blowing Your Paycheck

There comes a time in life that the desire to be “out there” hits. If you are anything like me, you’re probably in your late 20s—maybe even the latest part...

Feb 19, 2020 : Abigail Robertson
How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

So you’ve got all this gear ready to go… but now what? While out backpacking, everything that you need is carried on your back, in this pack. You’ll pack and...

Feb 18, 2020 : Effie Drew
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about!...

Dec 12, 2019 : Mariposa
Manhattan’s Before-and-After AT Gear: Day 1 Vs. 149

Manhattan’s Before-and-After AT Gear: Day 1 Vs. 149

On my 2019 Appalachian thru-hike, I had a mix of thrifted, hand-me-down, and new (mid-range) gear. The choices were dependent on size, style, and whether or not I was willing...

Nov 7, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

First time thru-hikers are bound to make countless errors. Thankfully my 40 pound pack didn't keep me from finishing the John Muir Trail, but there are more than a few...

Oct 21, 2019 : Katie Kommer
My Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail Gear Lists: The Things I Didn’t Carry

My Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail Gear Lists: The Things I Didn’t Carry

Two years ago I wrote a post for this website called Gear Lessons From a Hiker Who Never Learned Her Lesson. In it I talked about the enormity of the...

Oct 1, 2019 : Jessica Tinios
Too Close for Comfort? Our Couple’s PCT Sleep System

Too Close for Comfort? Our Couple’s PCT Sleep System

Do a pack shakedown. Make sure you’ve tuned your gear in before you hike. All sound advice we didn’t take when we embarked on our PCT thru hike. Instead we...

Sep 22, 2019 : Joal and Jenny
Kristen’s Before-and-After Appalachian Trail Gear

Kristen’s Before-and-After Appalachian Trail Gear

Backpacking gear can be overwhelming. There seem to be countless options for everything from your major items to smaller necessities. I guess I'm an "experienced" backpacker now, so gear talk...

Aug 27, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Boots Vs. Trail Runners: Two Loyalists Compare and Contrast

Boots Vs. Trail Runners: Two Loyalists Compare and Contrast

Hiking boots or trail runners? Years ago there wasn't a choice. Leather hiking boots ruled the trail. But trail runners are now king of the mountains, and they far outnumber...

Jul 29, 2019 : The Editors
How to Make an Ultralight Soda Can Alcohol Stove

How to Make an Ultralight Soda Can Alcohol Stove

We all aspire to hike lighter. Unfortunately, ultralight gear is expensive. Even standard camp stoves can run $50 and up, making alcohol stoves a viable alternative. Of the many reasons...

Jul 1, 2019 : Scott Durkin