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My Mistakes and Gear: What I’m Taking on the PCT in 2020

My Mistakes and Gear: What I’m Taking on the PCT in 2020

Hot Topic Isn’t Just a Clothing Store Gear seems to be the hottest and most highly requested topic in the online backpacking realms and for good reason. Lightweight, good-quality gear...

Jan 16, 2020 : Shannon R
Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

For Part Two, I asked fellow SOBOs their start and finish dates, what they liked about the schedule, and what about it was difficult. To close it out, we touch...

Jan 15, 2020 : Righteous
My First Backpacking Trip

My First Backpacking Trip

My first backpacking trip was a disaster. My husband and I decided to tackle a 48-mile loop hike around the Three Sisters in Oregon, part of which overlaps the PCT....

Jan 13, 2020 : Stephanie Grace
I Need a Bigger Bear Canister

I Need a Bigger Bear Canister

My shakedown hike on the John Muir Trail highlighted several gear issues, but in this post I'm going to focus on the bear canister. In particular, the calorie restrictions it...

Jan 12, 2020 : Richard Humphreys
PCT Eat Your Heart Out

PCT Eat Your Heart Out

What are you going to eat? I shrugged my shoulders as I hesitantly explained my ultralight weight goal and how I do not plan on bringing a stove to achieve...

Jan 12, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
A Lifetime of Wanderlust

A Lifetime of Wanderlust

Everyone has that one moment that started them on the path to being who they are...

Jan 11, 2020 : Becca Mickley
I Saved $8,000 in Four Months for My Thru-Hike

I Saved $8,000 in Four Months for My Thru-Hike

In July 2018, I left my job shortly before relocating to Nashville Tennessee. During the following 14 months, our household learned how to live on a single income. My Advantages ...

Jan 10, 2020 : Shannon R
Hiking for Sanity. My Motivations to Hike the PCT

Hiking for Sanity. My Motivations to Hike the PCT

The Formative Years I’ve worn a lot of different hats in my life. In my youth I was quiet, shy, athletic, and outdoorsy. I played soccer and basketball, roller skated,...

Jan 9, 2020 : Shannon R
How to Train for a Thru-Hike while Working that Cubicle Life

How to Train for a Thru-Hike while Working that Cubicle Life

You can't. Let’s be honest. There is no way you can physically train your body to endure the amount of strain you will put yourself through in a few short...

Jan 8, 2020 : Emily and Parkes
Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

"Oh, you're going the opposite way!" O RLY? I can't tell you how much this phrase began to grate on my nerves over the 2,650-mile trip from Canada to Mexico....

Jan 8, 2020 : Righteous