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The Journey Toward Ultralight

The Journey Toward Ultralight

It’s not just about gear I used to think ultralight backpackers I met or heard of were totally crazy.  These individuals were a special breed of super fast hikers who cared...

Jul 10, 2017 : Megan McGowan
Nothing Weighs Nothing

Nothing Weighs Nothing

Seven hundred miles into my 2011 Appalachian Trail thru-hike, I met Scavenger. From Germany, Scavenger exuded the look of the classic European mountaineer with a wide-brimmed brown felt hat, heavy

Jun 28, 2017 : Michael Dax
The Pains of Hiking Lite

The Pains of Hiking Lite

The straps of my 46L pack dug deep, red, pressure marks in my shoulders. None of the 20-25lb loads stored in the nearly frameless pack, (a now-discontinued Osprey Hornet) was...

Jun 17, 2017 : Joseph Hey
The Best Cameras and Lenses for Hiking and Backpacking

The Best Cameras and Lenses for Hiking and Backpacking

Although no camera can perfectly recreate the beauty of the backcountry, some do a much job than others.  Once upon a time, using professional-caliber photography setup would've added several extra

Apr 27, 2017 : Zach
Going Light Vs Being Comfortable

Going Light Vs Being Comfortable

Before I started my thru-hike in 2015, I was obsessive about getting my pack as light as possible. I cut the tags out of my clothing, spent thousands of dollars...

Apr 27, 2017 : Paul Bronco Fuzinski
Transfer Fuel to a New Canister with this Gadget

Transfer Fuel to a New Canister with this Gadget

Let's face it, most of us use canister stoves.  They're easy and convenient—a no-fuss, no-muss—way to cook!  (what is muss anyway?) However, one of the little situations we might not...

Apr 21, 2017 : Dragin
2017 JMT Prep and Stove Testing

2017 JMT Prep and Stove Testing

I’m getting ready for this year’s version of the John Muir Trail, beginning in August. The initial logistics are pretty intensive, but this being the third time around, it becomes...

Apr 10, 2017 : Dragin
Can I Thru-Hike in Chacos?

Can I Thru-Hike in Chacos?

HALFWAY BABY Short answer, probs. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is chiefly a personal endeavor. From the gear you buy to the beer you pack out, it's 100% up to you. Some...

Mar 31, 2017 : Kevin Arsenijevic
Digital media on the trail, part 1

Digital media on the trail, part 1

Bored-nothing to do: 9 subscriptions to consider So you’ve made the leap - you’re thru-hiking (or maybe you’re hiking a section). The call of the wild and the woods was...

Mar 24, 2017 : Aubri Drake
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