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Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

"Be stubborn," said the two-time AT thru-hiker I ran into at Cloudland Canyon's south rim during my final shakedown hike. It felt like strange advice coming from the owner of...

Apr 11, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Pox & Puss Episode #67 – Trail Days 2016 Duct Tape and Patches

Pox & Puss Episode #67 – Trail Days 2016 Duct Tape and Patches

 In this episode we are across the street from MoJoe's Trailside Cafe/Subway during Thru-Hiker Parade, a light rain is beginning to fall, while the smell of hiker trash builds....

Apr 10, 2018 : Pox & Puss Podcast
Pox & Puss Episode #66 – Trail Days 2016 Samsquatch

Pox & Puss Episode #66 – Trail Days 2016 Samsquatch

 This is a warts-and-all episode. People have been asking us to just release the 2016 Trail Days as-is…so here’s part one of six (or seven?) with minimal editing. Every...

Mar 13, 2018 : Pox & Puss Podcast
Budget Ultralight Big 3

Budget Ultralight Big 3

Big 3 Budget Ultralight As many of you may know or may not know my entire backpack was stolen during my A.T. Thru-hike in 2016 in Duncanon, PA. I now have...

Apr 19, 2017 : Patrick Donahue
Today’s Backpack Design and Utility: A Review

Today’s Backpack Design and Utility: A Review

I started backpacking when I was 16 years old.  My first backpack was an external frame Jansport pack and until just recently I have used the same basic pack on...

Apr 10, 2017 : Scott Edwards
What’s in a Name? How They Earned Their Trail Names

What’s in a Name? How They Earned Their Trail Names

Many hikers earn unique trail names while hiking. These can be funny names; Bear for having a loud snore or hearty appetite. Others stick when a person does something quirky or...

Mar 20, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
Your Average Jane’s Gear Log

Your Average Jane’s Gear Log

Warning: there is mild profanity in this article, including a middle finger. It also features potato quality cell phone pictures, which I'm kinda sorry about too. Ok, who doesn't love...

Feb 11, 2017 : Tasia Kellogg
The Great Pack Debate

The Great Pack Debate

As my start date gets closer, my pre-hike panic/obsession has escalated, and I’ve been questioning everything, including my gear, start date, resupply strategy, all the usual. Specifically, I started

Jan 31, 2017 : Annette 'The Rainbow'
5 Features I Look for in a Backpack

5 Features I Look for in a Backpack

In 2011 I struck out on my own from Neel Gap with a nearly 30 lb pack. My dad, who had driven me to GA, was heading back to "the...

Aug 9, 2016 : High Five
Packed and Ready! Another “What’s in My Pack” Post

Packed and Ready! Another “What’s in My Pack” Post

The food is finished.  The bags are packed.  The only thing left to do is pack up our dog and take off for the Benton MacKaye Trail!  Since all hikers...

Apr 27, 2015 : Sprinkles