Stunning Documentary Sequel “Why Do I Hike 2” Shows the True Hardships of Thru-Hiking

Stunning Documentary Sequel “Why Do I Hike 2” Shows the True Hardships of Thru-Hiking

"Why Do I Hike 2: Hardships of a Thru-Hike" is a 1.5-hour documentary by Croatian filmmaker and thru-hiker, Nikola Horvat, aka "Tesla" about his 2022 CDT thru-hike attempt. It is...

Dec 14, 2023 : Penina Crocker
A Case of Deja Vu

A Case of Deja Vu

It's not a great idea to begin a long hike while recovering from an overuse injury. That's how I started the PCT in July '21, and it's how I started...

Dec 12, 2023 : Richard
Error 404 – Trail Not Found

Error 404 – Trail Not Found

If you've hiked any of the other National Scenic Trails, you may have certain expectations regarding trail quality. You should lower those expectations. No, lower them a bit more. Lower...

Dec 5, 2023 : Richard
Backpacker Radio #230 | Bennett Lee on Caving and His Calendar Year “Half” Triple Crown, Plus Rachel’s Colorado Trail Hike

Backpacker Radio #230 | Bennett Lee on Caving and His Calendar Year “Half” Triple Crown, Plus Rachel’s Colorado Trail Hike

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Bennett Lee, an avid caver, backpacker, and photographer. This year Bennett attempted the calendar year triple...

Dec 4, 2023 : Backpacker Radio
How Long Will A Sawyer Squeeze Last?

How Long Will A Sawyer Squeeze Last?

I started the CDT with a brand-new Sawyer Squeeze and 2L CNOC Vecto. I left my old, heavy, MSR Dromedary at home. Instead, for spare capacity, I carried four of...

Nov 28, 2023 : Richard
What Worked and What Didn’t – CDT Edition

What Worked and What Didn’t – CDT Edition

Normally, I'd leave this post until last, but I think it might actually be more helpful than my usual ramblings. I'm also including a "Needs Improvement" category, in addition to...

Nov 21, 2023 : Richard
Backpacker Radio #228 | Matt “Sheriff Woody” Berger, a Trained Botanist, on Interesting Plants of the Triple Crown Trails

Backpacker Radio #228 | Matt “Sheriff Woody” Berger, a Trained Botanist, on Interesting Plants of the Triple Crown Trails

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Matt Berger known on trail as Sheriff Woody. If you like plants, oh boy, are you...

Nov 20, 2023 : Backpacker Radio
A Thru Hikers Thanksgiving: Delicious? Eh. Nutritious? Nope. Beautiful? Absolutely!

A Thru Hikers Thanksgiving: Delicious? Eh. Nutritious? Nope. Beautiful? Absolutely!

For this year's Thanksgiving, I'm trading my grandmothers famous sausage stuffing for a stuff sack of backpacking snacks. Swapping the fresh pies and desserts for Luna Bars and gummy bears....

Nov 11, 2023 : Sheehan Twomey
Trail Correspondents: S4 Episode #15 | Interview With Your Former Self

Trail Correspondents: S4 Episode #15 | Interview With Your Former Self

Welcome back to Trail Correspondents! This is the final episode of season 4: an interview with your former self.  Traditionally, this episode is formatted such that we pan back and...

Oct 24, 2023 : Trail Correspondents
South Fork, CO to Grants, NM – Warning: Frozen Nutella Will Break Your Spoon

South Fork, CO to Grants, NM – Warning: Frozen Nutella Will Break Your Spoon

Day 100 As we sat outside the Dollar General, packing our resupply into our backpacks, we watched a bald eagle flying above us. Our walk out of town started on...

Oct 24, 2023 : Savannah Anderson