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The Real Hiking Viking’s Ultralight PCT Gear List

The Real Hiking Viking’s Ultralight PCT Gear List

In case you missed it, the dynamic duo of The Real Hiking Viking and Zach Davis (our Editor-in-Chief) are hitting the PCT SOBO.... in T-minus one day. We coerced Viking into...

Jul 10, 2017 : The Editors
Inside the Pros Packs with Joshua “Bobcat” Stacy

Inside the Pros Packs with Joshua “Bobcat” Stacy

I first met Joshua Stacy, better known in the trail community simply as "Bobcat", at the Winter Outdoor Retailer earlier this year, amongst a larger crew of accomplished thru-hikers.  Naturally,

Jul 15, 2015 : Zach
Inside the Pros Packs with The Real Hiking Viking

Inside the Pros Packs with The Real Hiking Viking

Long distance backpacking is an addiction for which there is no cure. Few people understand this better than Thomas Gathman (trail name: Jabba), otherwise known by his online persona Poseidon

Mar 31, 2015 : Zach
Inside the Pros Packs with Cam “Swami” Honan

Inside the Pros Packs with Cam “Swami” Honan

To thru-hike one of the country's three long trails puts you in rare company.  The ATC recognizes such an individual as a "2,000-miler". Complete all three, and you've joined an even more

Mar 4, 2015 : Zach
Inside the Pro’s Packs with Liz “Snorkel” Thomas

Inside the Pro’s Packs with Liz “Snorkel” Thomas

In 2011, Liz Thomas (trail name: Snorkel) established a new best for the women's unassisted time at 80 days, 13.5 hours.   To give this some perspective, my thru-hike took 150 days-...

Apr 24, 2014 : Zach
Inside the Pros Packs: Jennifer Pharr Davis

Inside the Pros Packs: Jennifer Pharr Davis

Assuming you've heard the words "Appalachian" and "Trail" used together at any point, then our following backpacking pro needs no introduction. Jennifer Pharr Davis (trail name: Odyssa) holds the

Mar 17, 2014 : Zach
Inside the Pros Packs: Tanya “Gipcgirl” Bajor

Inside the Pros Packs: Tanya “Gipcgirl” Bajor

I met Tanya Bajor, or as everyone in the backpacking community better knows her- "Gipcgirl" - approximately one month into my thru-hike.  Gipcgirl was the sort of trail personality whose...

Jan 23, 2014 : Zach
Inside the Pros Packs: Terry “Serial” Klott of A Trail Life

Inside the Pros Packs: Terry “Serial” Klott of A Trail Life

There are few people on earth I admire more than the good folks at Sundog Outfitter. I asked Serial to shed some more knowledge for our new series, "Inside the...

Dec 17, 2013 : Zach
Inside the Pro’s Packs: Ian Mangiardi of Modern Explorer Inc.

Inside the Pro’s Packs: Ian Mangiardi of Modern Explorer Inc.

At this point, if you don't know who Ian Mangiardi is, I have no choice but to assume that this is your first time to the site.  In that case,...

Dec 13, 2013 : Zach