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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
Clothing for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Our Recommended System, Fabrics, and Products

Clothing for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: Our Recommended System, Fabrics, and Products

Dressing for a six-month Appalachian Trail thru-hike is deceptively simple, but actually takes a lot of strategizing. You have limited capacity for carrying clothing, yet you need to be prepared...

Jun 24, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
How to Build Thru-Hiking Hammock Suspensions for Under Three Ounces

How to Build Thru-Hiking Hammock Suspensions for Under Three Ounces

Every time I see a backpacker get their 11-ounce straps out of their pack, it makes my back hurt. There is no reason you should be carrying an 11-ounce hammock...

Apr 29, 2019 : Chris Guynn
Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking: Shoulder Season and Summer Clothing

Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking: Shoulder Season and Summer Clothing

In the last post we introduced the basics of how to dress for hiking as well as what to wear for winter specifically. In this post we will discuss how...

Mar 28, 2019 : Rebecca Sperry
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. I’m here to...

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