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The Long Trail Survey: Favorite Towns, Restaurants, Shelters, Gear, and More

The Long Trail Survey: Favorite Towns, Restaurants, Shelters, Gear, and More

A few weeks ago, The Trek’s founder, Zach Davis, completed the Long Trail, which runs 272 miles through Vermont from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border. Zach also conducted...

Oct 25, 2019 : Mariposa
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
Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-size, Curvy, Short Torso Searching for Life Partner to Travel the World, Piggyback Style!

Oct 19, 2019 : Shannon Quadres
The Case For Pants > Shorts on the PCT

The Case For Pants > Shorts on the PCT

I hiked over 2,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018, and I sent my running shorts home after the first 100 miles. I bought a pair of super...

Oct 17, 2019 : Sarah Mowery
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s End of Season Sale

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s End of Season Sale

Summer has come to a close (and winter has arrived in certain parts of the country) which means REI is clearing out their shelves to make room for the cold-weather...

Oct 11, 2019 : Sponsored Post
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Haven NetTent and Tarp

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Haven NetTent and Tarp

I recently got a chance to try out a shiny new toy: the two-person Haven NetTent and Tarp combo by Six Moon Designs. It’s a double-walled, non-freestanding shelter that features...

Oct 7, 2019 : Kelly Floro
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
Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Uberlite

As any distance trekker can tell you, the post-trail blues are a very real thing. In the months following previous long-distance trips, I've deeply missed the community of hikers, the...

Sep 30, 2019 : Anne K. Baker
Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

Gear Review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

I've been using my beloved REI Quarter Dome 1 tent for all my backpacking needs—some 4,000 miles of hiking—since I bought it in 2015. It's elegantly designed, easy to pitch,...

Sep 30, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Gear Review: Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

Gear Review: Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

Designed for rugged trails and long days, the Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2 was designed with long-distance hikers and runners in mind. The shoe utilizes lightweight and secure materials...

Sep 23, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn