Gear

Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

So you need to bring a bear canister on your next backpacking trip. Find out how to be comfortable while keeping your food and bears safe.

Sep 29, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear: The Rest of the Stuff

Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear: The Rest of the Stuff

In the interest of procrastinating several long-term projects and avoiding cleaning my house, here is a (mostly) comprehensive look at the rest of what I'll be taking on the PCT....

Mar 13, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

So you’ve got all this gear ready to go… but now what? While out backpacking, everything that you need is carried on your back, in this pack. You’ll pack and...

Feb 18, 2020 : Effie Drew
Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear List: Big Three

Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear List: Big Three

Hi guys. Maggie here, Managing Editor of this site, finally ready to hike the PCT. Five years go by fast—at this time in 2015, I was putting the finishing touches...

Feb 6, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Introducing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship Winners

Introducing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship Winners

This year, The Trek is revamping the Badger Sponsorship to support eight 2020 thru-hikers with altruistic intentions. We searched for aspiring PCT, AT, CDT, or other long trail hikers who...

Feb 5, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Announcing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship

Announcing the 2020 Badger Sponsorship

Calling all 2020 thru-hikers.  The Trek wants to sponsor you! Each year, we get in the holiday spirit by lavishing a handful of soon-to-be thru-hikers with some best gear, food,...

Dec 16, 2019 : Zach
PCT Gear Review: What I Picked, Switched, and Ditched

PCT Gear Review: What I Picked, Switched, and Ditched

It’s been almost a month since I finished the Pacific Crest Trail, and I still haven’t been able to unpack how I really feel about my journey from Mexico to...

Nov 5, 2019 : Elise Ott
Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-size, Curvy, Short Torso Searching for Life Partner to Travel the World, Piggyback Style!

Oct 19, 2019 : Shannon Quadres
The Case For Pants > Shorts on the PCT

The Case For Pants > Shorts on the PCT

I hiked over 2,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018, and I sent my running shorts home after the first 100 miles. I bought a pair of super...

Oct 17, 2019 : Sarah Mowery
Apparel Review: Kari Traa Women’s Clothing

Apparel Review: Kari Traa Women’s Clothing

Kari Traa is a European sportswear brand growing in popularity across the US. As of the past few seasons, a wide selection of the brand's items can be found at...

Aug 10, 2019 : The Editors