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From the Irish Bar to the Continental Divide

From the Irish Bar to the Continental Divide

I've been off trail for nearly 5 months now. That is the longest time that I've gone without thru hiking in the past 2 years. Back in January I finished...

Jun 9, 2024 : Peg Leg
The Backpacker’s Guide to Bear Bagging

The Backpacker’s Guide to Bear Bagging

What is the deal with bear bags? Which type should I use, or should I use a canister? Once I have one, what do I do with it?

Apr 16, 2024 : James Cape
Rockin’ in the Bedrocks: Long Distance Hiking in Sandals

Rockin’ in the Bedrocks: Long Distance Hiking in Sandals

Importance of Footwear Selecting the right footwear for the trail is undoubtedly one of the most crucial decisions a hiker can make. The wrong shoes can significantly hinder your hike,...

Feb 13, 2024 : Thomas Allie
8 Reasons the AT is the Easiest Triple Crown Trail for First-Time Thru-Hikers

8 Reasons the AT is the Easiest Triple Crown Trail for First-Time Thru-Hikers

Thru-hiking the AT, PCT, or CDT is hard, but which one is easiest? Here are 8 reasons why first-time thru-hikers should choose the AT.

Aug 22, 2023 : Owen Eigenbrot
9 Reasons You Should Hike the CDT SOBO

9 Reasons You Should Hike the CDT SOBO

After spending a large portion of the past six years thru-hiking, I've come to believe there is no bad way to do a long-distance backpacking trip. Although the cliché "hike...

Feb 22, 2023 : Jenn Wall
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Hiking the CDT

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Hiking the CDT

Having already hiked the Pacific Crest Trail twice, as well as the Arizona, Tahoe Rim, Colorado, and Appalachian trails, I finally set foot on the CDT this past summer to...

Dec 5, 2022 : Jenn Wall
The Ultimate Guide to Cowboy Camping

The Ultimate Guide to Cowboy Camping

It’s that magical time of the year again: cowboy camping season. The desert is cooling off and hikers are heading out on the Arizona Trail or finishing off Continental Divide...

Oct 6, 2022 : Eloise Robbins
Sending Out An SOS: What Happens When You Hit the SOS Button on Your GPS Device?

Sending Out An SOS: What Happens When You Hit the SOS Button on Your GPS Device?

Last season, I had a medical emergency and needed to press the SOS button on my Garmin to call for a backcountry rescue. Though I regularly carried a Garmin inReach...

Mar 1, 2022 : Alison Young
The Beginner’s Guide To Desert Hiking

The Beginner’s Guide To Desert Hiking

Hooray! Your first desert vacation is booked and on the calendar. As you begin prepping your boots and letting dreams of red rocks fill your head, it’s important to start...

Jul 20, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

Choosing when to start a trail can make or break your thru-hike. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you on the best time to start your hike.

May 19, 2021 : Eloise Robbins