Backpacking

Time Will Come: Processing and Accepting “Failure”

Time Will Come: Processing and Accepting “Failure”

This article is for anyone who didn’t make it. Not to the final mile on Katahdin or Springer, but to mile zero to start such a sought-after journey.

Mar 9, 2020 : Lauren Planas
Section C of the Great Divide Trail

Section C of the Great Divide Trail

This is the third article in a series covering Section C of the Great Divide Trail (GDT). For Sections A and B, please see my posts here and here. Sublime Hiking...

Feb 5, 2020 : Kelly McDonald
How to Safely Post Your Thru-Hike on Social Media

How to Safely Post Your Thru-Hike on Social Media

Many people are astounded when I tell them of my and Alex’s plans to thru-hike Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this summer. Their astonishment stems from a few areas, and is usually...

Jan 20, 2020 : Maggie Mitchell
Pre-Trail Depression: An Introduction, My Mission, and an Update

Pre-Trail Depression: An Introduction, My Mission, and an Update

Hello, my name is Logan Nigh, and I  love you. I will be attempting to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail on May 13 heading northbound. In short I am a...

Jan 20, 2020 : Logan Nigh
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
Week Six: Thomas Knob Misadventures

Week Six: Thomas Knob Misadventures

Day 36: 19.7 We started off the morning climbing over a big ole hump. I wasn't in the mood for a morning climb so I tried to tune it out...

Oct 26, 2019 : Melissa
Start Here: How Shenandoah National Park Is a Backpacker’s Nursery

Start Here: How Shenandoah National Park Is a Backpacker’s Nursery

Basically, it’s a classroom for Backpacking 101.

Oct 26, 2019 : Notebook
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
Consider the Timber

Consider the Timber

Shenandoah National Park, September 8–16, 2019 Dispatch 2: Megaflora It can be hard for anyone to see the forest for the trees, but in the backcountry, it can be hard...

Oct 7, 2019 : Notebook
Tourists and Citizens on the AT

Tourists and Citizens on the AT

Shenandoah National Park, September 8–16, 2019 Dispatch 1: Backpacking Is Not Thru-hiking The two-and-a-half months I spent on my LASH three years ago were the most emotionally volatile two and...

Oct 3, 2019 : Notebook