Highlights of My 1986 Gear List – Big 3 weight = 12+ pounds

Highlights of My 1986 Gear List – Big 3 weight = 12+ pounds

I never thought I was a hoarder until recently.  I also did not think I was overly sentimental until a few days ago when I was cleaning out a closet...

Jan 19, 2021 : David Smith
Phoenix Year

Phoenix Year

  2020 was going to be my year to hike the PCT. Everything had come together, the money, the time, the training. Relatives sponsored me so I could purchase lighter...

Jan 19, 2021 : Becca Mickley
Desert Shakedown

Desert Shakedown

It’s permit day! I’m counting down the hours until permit release, even though the likelihood of a responsible NOBO hike seems slimmer than ever. To occupy the wait, I thought...

Jan 19, 2021 : Sibley
AZT Passage 34: Mountainside Views Near Flagstaff

AZT Passage 34: Mountainside Views Near Flagstaff

The San Francisco Peaks are a primary feature of this passage. While the AZT itself doesn't summit any, there are a number of connecting trails that do. Mountains, aspen groves,...

Jan 19, 2021 : Abigail Kessler
The Future of Public Lands Under a Biden Administration

The Future of Public Lands Under a Biden Administration

Public and sacred lands in the United States have seen historic assaults under the Trump administration. From the shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to make way

Jan 19, 2021 : Tina Mullen
2021 NOBO AT Thru-Hiker’s Gear List

2021 NOBO AT Thru-Hiker’s Gear List

Look at this stuff, isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think my collection's complete? I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plentyI've got whozits and whatzits galore. Quick stats for "Big Three" and...

Jan 19, 2021 : Lyla Harrod
How to Recycle Your Used Hiking Shoes

How to Recycle Your Used Hiking Shoes

Did you know hikers may use up to 20,000 pairs of shoes a hiking season? Read about ways to recycle your used hiking shoes and have a positive impact on...

Jan 18, 2021 : Jeff Podmayer
Hiker Intro: Did The Universe Just Poop Me A Golden Nugget?

Hiker Intro: Did The Universe Just Poop Me A Golden Nugget?

It's not often that opportunities are just presented to you by pure luck, heck I don't even believe in luck. Yet I find myself in the midst of a strange...

Jan 18, 2021 : The Wild Jocelot
Outdoor Research Helium Down Jacket Review

Outdoor Research Helium Down Jacket Review

I recently added the Outdoor Research Helium Down Jacket to my winter apparel selection and it has quickly become my go-to for cold evenings in camp or around the backyard...

Jan 18, 2021 : Tucker Ballister
The Black Forest Trail: 43 Miles of Pennsylvania’s Beautiful Forests

The Black Forest Trail: 43 Miles of Pennsylvania’s Beautiful Forests

Beyond the Appalachian Trail, many backpackers overlook Pennsylvania as a backpacking destination. Hikers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states, however, appreciate the plentiful backpacking

Jan 18, 2021 : Troy Zohner