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AT Hiking and Cell Service: Pay-as-you-go cell phones

AT Hiking and Cell Service: Pay-as-you-go cell phones

On the trail, cell phones come in handy. They can be used to stay in touch with other hikers, to make calls to family and friends, putting in reservations at...

Feb 20, 2017 : Aubri Drake
When Ultralight is Too Light

When Ultralight is Too Light

PCT hikers are notorious for obsessing over their base weight. Thru-hikers might start the AT with two camp chairs and a thermos strapped to their pack, but PCT hikers look...

Feb 10, 2017 : Maggie Wallace
The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

For the third year in a row, we asked Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and long-distance section hikers about the sleeping pads they used. Many of the trends continued from last year, but we...

Jan 31, 2017 : Mariposa
Stoves, Food, Water, and Illness on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

Stoves, Food, Water, and Illness on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

More so than with backpacking gear, food and water plans are different for each trail, because they depend on road access, prevalence of nearby towns, and the landscape. For example,...

Jan 20, 2017 : Mariposa
7 Reasons Thru-Hikes Fail, and How to Help Prevent Defeat

7 Reasons Thru-Hikes Fail, and How to Help Prevent Defeat

There are numerous reasons why people quit their thru-hike, and some of them are preventable. Here are several examples of reasons why people fail their thru hike attempt and how...

Jan 17, 2017 : Stubbs
Brushes, Boots, and Backpack: Paintings from The PCT (Plus a Giveaway!)

Brushes, Boots, and Backpack: Paintings from The PCT (Plus a Giveaway!)

Many people on the PCT head into the wilderness with the intentions of keeping a journal, getting in touch with the real “them”, or making big miles. I am here...

Jan 15, 2017 : Lindsey Fox
6 Inexpensive Essentials You Should Know About

6 Inexpensive Essentials You Should Know About

We’re riding out the gray and gloomy days of winter, and sunshine and hiking season seem all too far away. But many ambitious hikers are in the thick of plotting...

Jan 10, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
Eight (Overlooked) Essentials Every Thru-Hiker Should Carry

Eight (Overlooked) Essentials Every Thru-Hiker Should Carry

Throughout my 2016 AT thru-hike, I consistently carried one of the heavier packs on the trail. I knew this was gonna be the case when I started – and I...

Jan 7, 2017 : Chris Kummer
So, You Want To Photograph Your Thru Hike

So, You Want To Photograph Your Thru Hike

It makes sense to want to capture awesome pictures of your hike. After all, spending any considerable amount of time on the trail is sure to be a life changing...

Jan 4, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Ultralight Backpacking 103: The Skill Set

Ultralight Backpacking 103: The Skill Set

The following series on ultralight backpacking is brought to you by Some backpackers like to keep things organized with backpacking checklists. There are many helpful trail, resupply, and even

Dec 26, 2016 : Caet Cash