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A History of Northeast Peakbagging: Part I, Non-Winter

A History of Northeast Peakbagging: Part I, Non-Winter

In Forest and Crag, the authoritative history of the mountains of the Northeast, authors Guy and Laura Waterman introduced their "Superhiking" chapter with an observation that rings true today, 31

Jan 21, 2020 : Erik Schlimmer
How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

“It’s official,” I told my friend on the phone as I stepped outside and braced against the cold. “I just blew up my life.” The day was January 6, 2019,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

Backpacker Radio 58: Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven on Her 20+ Years as a PCT Trail Angel

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined by legendary PCT trail angel Donna L-Rod Saufley of Hiker Heaven.  Donna comes by her trail name,...

Jan 21, 2020 : Zach
A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

A Triple Crowner’s Advice for Following Through on Your Hiking Goals

It’s January of a new decade and ’tis the season for ambitious lists, goals, and vision boards for the coming year—adventurous ambitions hopefully among them. We set goals to push...

Jan 20, 2020 : Effie Drew
Going With the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Going With the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Fast flowing rivers are among the most dangerous hazards that hikers regularly negotiate in the backcountry. This post outlines the tactics and techniques to more safely cross swollen creeks and...

Jan 20, 2020 : Zacc Larkin
Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

It’s been 12 years since I started collecting stories and portraits of northbound thru-hikers as they trek through their final state, Maine. Every year I am astounded by the hikers...

Jan 16, 2020 : Chris Bennett
Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

For Part Two, I asked fellow SOBOs their start and finish dates, what they liked about the schedule, and what about it was difficult. To close it out, we touch...

Jan 15, 2020 : Righteous
Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

A few years ago I was living in Southern California. Winter, even in that mellow climate, had a tendency to keep me inside. The short days, chillier winter temperatures, and...

Jan 14, 2020 : Mike Tyler
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
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