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How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

Before you buy a backpack for your PCT thru-hike, get a reasonable idea of what your pack weight will be (all your gear, food, and water). Most backpack companies state...

Apr 4, 2019 : The Editors
How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

One of life's biggest stressors—both on and off the trail—is money. Don't bring that stress with you during a thru-hike, or at least try to minimize the impact. Running out...

Mar 4, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Five Bad Days on the PCT and How I Got Through Them

Five Bad Days on the PCT and How I Got Through Them

There are plenty of blogs, vlogs, Instagram feeds, and hiker war stories out there that highlight how awesome doing a long-distance hike can be. Everyone has amazing stories and pictures...

Feb 28, 2019 : Smokebeard
Bears, Noro, and Lyme: What to Worry About (or not) on Your Thru-Hike

Bears, Noro, and Lyme: What to Worry About (or not) on Your Thru-Hike

So, you’re planning to head out on trail for a long walk. Maybe even a thru-hike of one of the Triple Crown trails — the Pacific Crest Trail, and Image...

Feb 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Dan’s Top 5 Pieces of Gear for a PCT Thru-Hike

Dan’s Top 5 Pieces of Gear for a PCT Thru-Hike

In this video, Dan shares his top 5 favorite pieces of gear that he carried with him on his SOBO PCT thru hike. His list is comprised of no-fuss, no-frills,...

Feb 18, 2019 : The Editors
How to Choose Your Shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail

How to Choose Your Shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail

The next category in our Pacific Crest Trail gear posts covers how to pick your shelter for the Pacific Crest Trail, a choice you'll want to make carefully. Your shelter...

Feb 4, 2019 : The Editors
Vlogging Etiquette: How to Document Your Hike Without Making a Scene

Vlogging Etiquette: How to Document Your Hike Without Making a Scene

I have vlogged two hikes already (the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Colorado Trail), and also plan on vlogging my upcoming Appalachian Trail hike. However, in the weeks approaching the...

Feb 1, 2019 : Juliana Chauncey
Pacific Crest Trail Gear: Let’s Get Back to the Basics

Pacific Crest Trail Gear: Let’s Get Back to the Basics

On the PCT, the odds are against you succeeding. Estimates say that between 50-60% fall short of their goal of completing the entire trail. There are a lot of aspects...

Jan 17, 2019 : The Editors
Watch This Before You Decide to Thru-Hike

Watch This Before You Decide to Thru-Hike

If you were to get your education on thru-hiking from Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, you might come away thinking that it was a half-year vacation.  Zach "Badger" Davis's 2017 SOBO...

Dec 17, 2018 : The Editors
Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Going into a thru-hike with no prior long-distance hiking experience means there are a lot of unknowns. From how much food to bring  to whether to buy all your shoes...

Dec 6, 2018 : The Editors