10 Things I Learned From a Failed Thru-Hike

10 Things I Learned From a Failed Thru-Hike

In May 2019, my coworker and I set out to hike all 271 miles of the Long Trail. It's an oversimplification to call the adventure a failed thru-hike, because it...

Jan 13, 2020 : Anna Kulinski
Why I Didn’t Quit the Te Araroa

Why I Didn’t Quit the Te Araroa

Though I've ranted about the things wrong with the Te Araroa, the trail has some truly amazing assets as well.

Jan 13, 2020 : Danny Strayer
Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack

The Gossamer Gear G4-20 is a new take on one of the classic GG packs with some really cool and unique new features. Most notable are the asymmetrical hip belt...

Jan 13, 2020 : Carl Stanfield
Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

Gear Review: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Versa

The early 1990s have recycled themselves and fanny packs are back, there's no two ways about it. Amusingly, this is apparently the case not only in Hiker Trash Vogue but...

Jan 13, 2020 : Anne K. Baker
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s January Clearance

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s January Clearance

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI. From 1/13 to 1/20, REI is clearing out their shelves and backpackers have the chance to save up to 50%...

Jan 13, 2020 : Sponsored Post
My Gear – Four Decades in the Making

My Gear – Four Decades in the Making

My gear choices are based on a great deal of experience with short trips... a thru-hike will be a different animal.

Jan 13, 2020 : Dudley
Te Araroa: A Beautiful Walk on the Beach

Te Araroa: A Beautiful Walk on the Beach

The sun crested the towering sand dunes and reminded me of its strength. The 90-mile beach welcomed me with its wide open space and salty breeze. I left camp early...

Jan 13, 2020 : Sunney Mahalak
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
My Forbidden Love – The Appalachian Trail

My Forbidden Love – The Appalachian Trail

My tortured and forbidden love affair with her began in the fall of 1986. At that time I was 27 and she was 49.

Jan 12, 2020 : Dudley