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Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

It’s been 12 years since I started collecting stories and portraits of northbound thru-hikers as they trek through their final state, Maine. Every year I am astounded by the hikers...

Jan 16, 2020 : Chris Bennett
Finding My Why

Finding My Why

The Who I’m Sophia! I’m a 24-year-old newbie backpacker who is hoppin' on the Appalachian Trail this spring and walking for a whiiiile until I get to Maine. I am...

Jan 15, 2020 : Sophia Garber
Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

A few years ago I was living in Southern California. Winter, even in that mellow climate, had a tendency to keep me inside. The short days, chillier winter temperatures, and...

Jan 14, 2020 : Mike Tyler
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

The early 1990s have recycled themselves and fanny packs are back, there's no two ways about it. Amusingly, this is apparently the case not only in Hiker Trash Vogue but...

Jan 13, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s January Clearance

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s January Clearance

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI. From 1/13 to 1/20, REI is clearing out their shelves and backpackers have the chance to save up to 50%...

Jan 13, 2020 : Sponsored Post
Te Araroa: A Beautiful Walk on the Beach

Te Araroa: A Beautiful Walk on the Beach

The sun crested the towering sand dunes and reminded me of its strength. The 90-mile beach welcomed me with its wide open space and salty breeze. I left camp early...

Jan 13, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak
Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

In 2019, we surveyed 365 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) . We asked these hikers about the sleeping bags they used, as well as quilts...

Jan 9, 2020 : Mariposa
Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Looking to crush your first thru-hike? Preparing can be a daunting task, and definitely requires more than a handful of one or two day summit hikes!

Jan 7, 2020 : Katie Kommer
FK-FAIL: When Attempting a Fastest Known Time is NOT for You

FK-FAIL: When Attempting a Fastest Known Time is NOT for You

Today in the year 2020, almost everyone at least remotely in touch with the long-trail and endurance community are familiar with the phenomenon known as Fastest Known Times (FKTs). For...

Jan 6, 2020 : Antonio Sierra
Sometimes the Hardest Part Is Just Getting to the Trailhead

Sometimes the Hardest Part Is Just Getting to the Trailhead

It wouldn’t be an adventure if it didn’t start a little spicy.

Jan 5, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak