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The Best Cameras and Lenses for Hiking and Backpacking

The Best Cameras and Lenses for Hiking and Backpacking

Although no camera can perfectly recreate the beauty of the backcountry, some do a much job than others.  Once upon a time, using professional-caliber photography setup would've added several extra

Apr 27, 2017 : Zach
Things To Expect On A Thru-Hike

Things To Expect On A Thru-Hike

As I sit down to write this article, I’m flooded with memories from the trail. And to think, each hiker has as many memories as I do. This is about...

Apr 23, 2017 : Jamie Byarlay
Camera Basics To Learn Before You Hike

Camera Basics To Learn Before You Hike

If you're like me, a phone camera won't be enough for when you start your hike. With incredible views around every turn, chances are you'll invest in a higher quality...

Mar 28, 2017 : Juliana Chauncey
Last Minute Advice for PCT Thru Hikers

Last Minute Advice for PCT Thru Hikers

A thru hike is a once in a lifetime experience. It's special. It's a break from the normalcy of city life - an opportunity to find your soul and enjoy...

Mar 26, 2017 : Andy Dischekenyan
PCT California Section A:  A 107-Mile Intro to the Desert

PCT California Section A: A 107-Mile Intro to the Desert

At a glance: Mom's Pie House in Julian (Thanks!), the diversity of cacti north of Scissors Crossing, and Eagle Rock. Eagle Rock Terrain There are 12,790 feet of elevation gain...

Mar 3, 2017 : Kevin Elens
8 Reasons to Start a NOBO PCT Hike in March

8 Reasons to Start a NOBO PCT Hike in March

On April 4, 2016, my partner and I left the Southern Terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail full of wonder. We were excited for what the trail held in store...

Feb 20, 2017 : Andy Dischekenyan
“Adult” is a 5-Letter Word: Don’t Neglect These Things Before Your Hike

“Adult” is a 5-Letter Word: Don’t Neglect These Things Before Your Hike

Preparing for a thru hike can be lots of fun, but it's not all shakedown hikes and candy bar taste tests.  There's just a lot of stuff to do.  Some of...

Feb 15, 2017 : Henry Slocum
What it’s Like to Leave a Loved One Behind to Hike the PCT

What it’s Like to Leave a Loved One Behind to Hike the PCT

A week away from the beginning of my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike, the southern terminus and the California desert were the furthest things from my mind. I’d thought of little...

Feb 10, 2017 : Chuck McKeever
When Ultralight is Too Light

When Ultralight is Too Light

PCT hikers are notorious for obsessing over their base weight. Thru-hikers might start the AT with two camp chairs and a thermos strapped to their pack, but PCT hikers look...

Feb 10, 2017 : Maggie Wallace
Trail Wisdom: Sayings, Proverbs and Mantras

Trail Wisdom: Sayings, Proverbs and Mantras

If a thru hike does nothing else, it gives you a lot of time to think. On any given day my thoughts would run the gamut from future life aspirations...

Feb 9, 2017 : Bug Juice