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How to Eat an Elephant – Preparing for the CDT

How to Eat an Elephant – Preparing for the CDT

BEHOLD: my stuff One bite at a time. Not that I would ever eat an elephant, even if I could - I am vegetarian. I first heard of this while...

May 4, 2022 : Joseph Gonzalez
Sophia (Wheelz) Garber’s 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear List

Sophia (Wheelz) Garber’s 2021 Appalachian Trail Gear List

Another gear list? Of course. Because who doesn't love a good gear list? We're particularly loving Sophia (Wheelz) Garber's gear breakdown, especially considering she recently finished her

Feb 11, 2022 : Kendra Slagter
The Best Backpacking Stoves for Thru-Hiking of 2022

The Best Backpacking Stoves for Thru-Hiking of 2022

There's nothing quite like the simple luxury of a hot meal after a grueling day on trail. It's one of those things that make us fall in love with thru-hiking...

Feb 10, 2022 : The Editors
10 Ways to Deal with the Cold if You Start the AT in February

10 Ways to Deal with the Cold if You Start the AT in February

Starting your AT thru-hike in February is a unique, incredible experience. However, you are likely to encounter plenty of winter weather, which can be intimidating at best and life-threatening at

Jan 26, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
The Best Quilts for Thru-Hiking of 2022

The Best Quilts for Thru-Hiking of 2022

It seems like quilts are all the rage on-trail these days, and it's easy to see why. They're more streamlined than sleeping bags, and when used correctly, they can still...

Jan 24, 2022 : The Editors
The Best and Worst Gear from My 2021 AT Thru-Hike (Non-Ultralight and Petite-Friendly)

The Best and Worst Gear from My 2021 AT Thru-Hike (Non-Ultralight and Petite-Friendly)

I am 5'1", 100 pounds soaking wet, and definitely not an ultralighter. I have nothing against ultralighters, but for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike this year, I was not among their...

Nov 23, 2021 : Ann Marie White
Why You Need to Learn Gear First Aid Before Your Thru-Hike

Why You Need to Learn Gear First Aid Before Your Thru-Hike

Every hopeful thru-hiker learns how to pop blisters and deal with basic medical emergencies before a thru-hike. But what do you do when it’s your gear that breaks?

Nov 2, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
I have to break up with my Zpacks backpack

I have to break up with my Zpacks backpack

People have shared that gear may shift along the course of a thru-hike, but it is not without some sadness that I didn’t get my pack choice right from the...

Aug 8, 2021 : Janine
The Best Deals for Hikers from REI’s Arc’teryx Sale

The Best Deals for Hikers from REI’s Arc’teryx Sale

The following is a sponsored post courtesy of REI. Select Arc'teryx products are on sale up to 30% off at REI this week. Arc'teryx is more or less the gold...

Mar 10, 2021 : Sponsored Post
Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Appalachian Trail Gear List for Older Hikers (Beginner-Friendly)

Meet my stepmom, Nora. She’s loved hiking all her life and has dreamed about hiking the Appalachian Trail since she was in her 20s. Now at the age of 60...

Jan 8, 2021 : Jen Datka