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Why You Should Take the Ultralight Plunge Right From the Start

Why You Should Take the Ultralight Plunge Right From the Start

Once you have committed to a thru-hike, or even just to backpacking as a hobby, it can be daunting to dive into the world of backpacking gear. There are blogs,...

Mar 13, 2019 : Madeline Newel
Understanding R-Value and the Updated Testing Standards

Understanding R-Value and the Updated Testing Standards

When you select a sleep system for a camping trip, what factors do you consider? Probably the degree rating of the bag, the anticipated weather / temperature, and maybe some...

Mar 7, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Chaunce’s Cold Weather Clothing for the AT

Chaunce’s Cold Weather Clothing for the AT

My latest video gives you a rundown of how I plan to stay warm and fight off the cold weather in my early months on the AT. If you classify...

Feb 22, 2019 : Juliana Chauncey
Dan’s Top 5 Pieces of Gear for a PCT Thru-Hike

Dan’s Top 5 Pieces of Gear for a PCT Thru-Hike

In this video, Dan shares his top 5 favorite pieces of gear that he carried with him on his SOBO PCT thru hike. His list is comprised of no-fuss, no-frills,...

Feb 18, 2019 : The Editors
Whimsical Woman’s Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Whimsical Woman’s Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Are you just beginning your PCT thru-hike gear essentials research? Are you putting finishing touches on your carefully cultivated set of gear? Maybe you're a gear junkie who just likes...

Feb 15, 2019 : Devin Holmes
The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Results from the 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Gear on the Appalachian Trail: Results from the 2018 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

We recently wrapped up our survey series on the top gear choices for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Our survey included information not only on the top packs, tents, footwear, and cookware...

Feb 5, 2019 : The Editors
The Nitty-Gritty of Gear Evolution on a Thru-Hike

The Nitty-Gritty of Gear Evolution on a Thru-Hike

About this time last year, I had just committed to my AT thru-hike, which meant that I was in the early research stages. Having never backpacked with less than 30-40...

Jan 24, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
How to Choose Your Sleeping Bag and Pad for the Pacific Crest Trail

How to Choose Your Sleeping Bag and Pad for the Pacific Crest Trail

The major four categories of backpacking gear (aka the Big Three) are your sleep system, shelter, and backpack. These items often take up 65-80% of the weight in a traditional...

Jan 23, 2019 : The Editors
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