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Gear List: Thru-Hike vs. Backcountry Camping

Gear List: Thru-Hike vs. Backcountry Camping

Someone recently asked me a seemingly obvious question that changed the way I look at my backpacking gear lists: “What is the purpose of your trip? Is it a hiking...

Aug 31, 2022 : Karly Huff
Week 6 (Minus a Day): Tehachapi! Toxins! Triumph! (Miles 570.2-702.2)

Week 6 (Minus a Day): Tehachapi! Toxins! Triumph! (Miles 570.2-702.2)

Back in the Backcountry  I'd like to say I woke at sunrise with a fire under my ass to push full speed ahead to Kennedy Meadows...but that would be false....

Aug 28, 2022 : LilyMG
Week 7: Washington Part 1

Week 7: Washington Part 1

The Beginning and The Beauty Walking towards Cascade Locks I kept looking over my shoulder. I was immediately attempting to use all my mental strength to engrave the memory of...

Aug 27, 2022 : Josh Barnhart
In Defense of NorCal: PCT Days 90-94

In Defense of NorCal: PCT Days 90-94

Day 90.  Miles: 27.7  Total: 1485.0 In the morning, I see a buck with massive antlers. He watches me placidly while I talk to him. We're not in the Sierra...

Aug 27, 2022 : Sibley
Side Quests: PCT Days 84-89

Side Quests: PCT Days 84-89

Day 84.  Miles: 25.3  Total: 1366.0 Today I hike through a national park that I'd never heard of before embarking on the PCT. Lassen Volcanic National Park is a small...

Aug 25, 2022 : Sibley
A lot can change in a week

A lot can change in a week

As I neared the end of Northern California, I found myself leaving the group that I had been hiking with since Yosemite. I didn't do this on purpose, it was...

Aug 21, 2022 : Sofia
When the mountain gets you down…

When the mountain gets you down…

… you either let it handle you, or you handle it… Perhaps a delicate balance of both. I think I fall more into the former category, but allow me to...

Aug 19, 2022 : Janine
PCT Week 14: Back on trail!

PCT Week 14: Back on trail!

After being off trail for 3 weeks which was mentally the hardest part of the PCT for me, I'm finally back on trail. I just need to take it slow...

Aug 18, 2022 : Annika Ananias
The Bridge of the Gods: Washington Baby!

The Bridge of the Gods: Washington Baby!

I read Wild when I was 25, and I've wanted to hike the PCT ever since. This is not usually what I say when people ask me why I decided...

Aug 18, 2022 : Jaimie
I bow to NorCal

I bow to NorCal

NorCal: respect. The stretch from Seiad to Etna SOBO was rough for me.  Maybe it was because I didn’t have my “trail legs” yet?  Maybe it was because my foot...

Aug 17, 2022 : Janine