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How to Reduce Base Weight Without Replacing Your Big Three

How to Reduce Base Weight Without Replacing Your Big Three

If you're not ready to replace your tent, sleeping bag and backpack don’t worry! There’s still plenty you can do to reduce your base weight. 

Sep 24, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Gear Wars: Somewear Global Hotspot Vs. Garmin inReach Mini

Gear Wars: Somewear Global Hotspot Vs. Garmin inReach Mini

Satellite-enabled location tracking, backcountry GPS units, and off-grid texting have become almost ubiquitous when it comes to long-distance hiking. Whether you're on an extended trip on a

May 10, 2020 : The Editors
How to Choose the Proper Rain Gear for Your Hike

How to Choose the Proper Rain Gear for Your Hike

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI.  Check out an REI Hiking Course near you.  Angry storm clouds swirl overhead as icy rain drenches the alpine landscape...

Mar 2, 2020 : Kelly Floro
The Trail Doesn’t Cost a Thing (But the Gear Does): How to Get Out There Without Blowing Your Paycheck

The Trail Doesn’t Cost a Thing (But the Gear Does): How to Get Out There Without Blowing Your Paycheck

There comes a time in life that the desire to be “out there” hits. If you are anything like me, you’re probably in your late 20s—maybe even the latest part...

Feb 19, 2020 : Abigail Robertson
How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

So you’ve got all this gear ready to go… but now what? While out backpacking, everything that you need is carried on your back, in this pack. You’ll pack and...

Feb 18, 2020 : Effie Drew
2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Tents and Shelters

2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: Top Tents and Shelters

Each year, The Trek surveys long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use, such as tents and hammocks. In this post we cover the types...

Dec 18, 2019 : Mariposa
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2019 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year as part of The Trek’s annual thru-hiker survey, we ask hikers about the footwear they used, and this footwear data remains my favorite to analyze and write about!...

Dec 12, 2019 : Mariposa
Manhattan’s Before-and-After AT Gear: Day 1 Vs. 149

Manhattan’s Before-and-After AT Gear: Day 1 Vs. 149

On my 2019 Appalachian thru-hike, I had a mix of thrifted, hand-me-down, and new (mid-range) gear. The choices were dependent on size, style, and whether or not I was willing...

Nov 7, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

First time thru-hikers are bound to make countless errors. Thankfully my 40 pound pack didn't keep me from finishing the John Muir Trail, but there are more than a few...

Oct 21, 2019 : Katie Kommer
My Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail Gear Lists: The Things I Didn’t Carry

My Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail Gear Lists: The Things I Didn’t Carry

Two years ago I wrote a post for this website called Gear Lessons From a Hiker Who Never Learned Her Lesson. In it I talked about the enormity of the...

Oct 1, 2019 : Jessica Tinios