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A Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking Gear

A Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking Gear

Regardless of whether you're a day hiker or a thru-hiker, finding the right gear is imperative to a successful, and fun hike. Over the past three years hiking solo I've...

Jan 3, 2019 : Socked In
Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2018 Thru-Hiker Survey

In this installment of The Trek’s 2018 Hiker Survey, we cover backpacks and base weight. We asked hikers about the frame type, capacity, brand, and model of their backpacks. In...

Dec 25, 2018 : Mariposa
Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Maximal Miles in Minimal Footwear: My AT Thru-Hike in Barefoot Shoes

Over 2,190 miles of coiled roots, sharp rocks, loose gravel, thick mud, slick leaves, snow past my knees, sheets of ice, wobbly wooden boards, river fords, and seemingly never-ending climbs...

Dec 20, 2018 : Kelsy Filler
Our Favorite Insulated Jackets for Women

Our Favorite Insulated Jackets for Women

The following is a sponsored post brought to you by REI.  Find your Patagonia Down Sweater  MSRP: $229 This is about as simple as it gets. 800-fill down, DWR-treated face fabric,...

Oct 10, 2018 : The Editors
Top Footwear of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

Top Footwear of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

I should start with an apology for the long delay in writing this post. We typically try to get the survey results out before the next class of thru-hikers begins,...

Jul 23, 2018 : Mariposa
8 Excellent Ultralight Backpacking Knives

8 Excellent Ultralight Backpacking Knives

I've merged my enthusiasm for knives and backpacking to bring you a list of backpacking blades that each weigh less than two ounces and are capable enough to handle trail life. Since...

Mar 22, 2018 : Josh Johnson
How To Pick the Perfect Backpacking Knife

How To Pick the Perfect Backpacking Knife

Almost every outdoor or survival gear list known to mankind includes one very important tool: a knife. In fact, knives are known to be one of the first tools ever...

Mar 22, 2018 : Josh Johnson
The Best Backpacking Headlamps of 2018

The Best Backpacking Headlamps of 2018

Your headlamp is something you can throw in your pack (preferably in an accessible place) and forget about... then be really, really glad you have it when you need it....

Mar 5, 2018 : The Editors
5 Tips to Prepare your ENO DoubleNest Hammock for a Thru-Hike

5 Tips to Prepare your ENO DoubleNest Hammock for a Thru-Hike

When I first was introduced to the world of hammocks, there seemed to only be one choice: the ENO's DoubleNest (as configured with steel carabiners) weighs 1.5 pounds, or 24...

Feb 22, 2018 : Chris Guynn
Diva Revolution: The Perks of the Diva Cup

Diva Revolution: The Perks of the Diva Cup

Alright ladies (and gents who want to stay well-informed), it’s time to talk about the Diva Cup. As you gear up for a 2018 long-distance trek, it’s important to consider...

Jan 24, 2018 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro