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8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, I became one of many thru-hikers to get involved with vanlife. As is often the case, getting back into the swing of "real life" wasn't...

Apr 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Walking Toward Peace: Cindy Ross on Veterans Healing in the Outdoors

Cindy Ross is a triple-crowner, writer, and founder of River House PA, a non-profit dedicated to taking veterans outdoors. Her new book, Walking Toward Peace: Veterans Healing on America’s Trails...

Apr 15, 2021 : Tina Mullen
Swiftwick Pursuit Merino Blend Hiking Socks Review

Swiftwick Pursuit Merino Blend Hiking Socks Review

I recently had the chance to try out a few pairs of Swiftwick Pursuit Hike socks. With a crew-length cuff and varying cushion options, the new design creates a great...

Apr 13, 2021 : Sarah Wolfson
Backpacker Radio 101 | Emily Ford on Thru-Hiking the Ice Age Trail in Winter

Backpacker Radio 101 | Emily Ford on Thru-Hiking the Ice Age Trail in Winter

In today's episode of backpacker radio presented by the trek, we are joined by Emily Ford.  Perhaps you've heard that name in the backpacking sphere of late, because Emily recently...

Apr 13, 2021 : Elise Ott
Walking Distance #04 | Backcountry Safety ft. Dr. Elizabeth Andre and Molly Herber

Walking Distance #04 | Backcountry Safety ft. Dr. Elizabeth Andre and Molly Herber

In this episode of Walking Distance presented by The Trek and hosted by Blissful Hiker (Alison Young), we are joined by Dr. Elizabeth Andre, an associate professor of nature and...

Apr 13, 2021 : Jackie Marusiak
How the Long Trail Restored My Sanity in the Time of Covid

How the Long Trail Restored My Sanity in the Time of Covid

Ever since my successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2019, I knew I would find myself hiking another long trail in the future. I made it happen, and...

Apr 9, 2021 : Julia Gladstein
Where Does the Time Go on a Town Day?!

Where Does the Time Go on a Town Day?!

I always wonder how it gets to be so late on a town day that was supposed to be a rest day. Where did all that time go and what...

Apr 8, 2021 : Jeff Podmayer
Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring notable walks and walkers from history, literature, and film. If not for the sleuthing of a famous Pacific Crest Trail...

Apr 8, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2021

Best Down Jackets for Backpacking of 2021

Your insulating midlayer is a key component of your backpacking setup, and rarely is there a time when you should hit the trail without an insulation layer wedged in your...

Apr 7, 2021 : The Editors
The Best Backpacking Rain Jackets of 2021

The Best Backpacking Rain Jackets of 2021

Your rain jacket may not be the most thrilling piece of your backpacking kit, but it's pretty darn important. Sure, it might stay stuffed in your pack during the dry...

Apr 1, 2021 : The Editors