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Tips for Lightening Your Pack Featuring The Real Hiking Viking

Tips for Lightening Your Pack Featuring The Real Hiking Viking

Looking for ideas on how to reduce your pack weight? We grabbed the Real Hiking Viking to get his advice and tips for lightening your pack weight, specifically for three-season...

Dec 7, 2018 : The Editors
I’ve Decided I Want to Thru-Hike. Where Do I Begin?

I’ve Decided I Want to Thru-Hike. Where Do I Begin?

You’ve done the research, you’ve weighed the pros and cons, you’ve talked with friends/family, and finally you’ve made the decision. You’re going to do a thru-hike. Now what? With infinite...

Dec 7, 2018 : Jenna Oppenheimer
New 250-Mile Segment Beckons Hikers to the Great Plains Trail

New 250-Mile Segment Beckons Hikers to the Great Plains Trail

GPT Pilot Trail At-a-Glance Trail: Pilot trail of the www.greatplainstrail.org Maps: The Great Plains Trail is America's newest long-distance trail. The brainchild of Steve Myers of Longmont, CO,

Dec 6, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Going into a thru-hike with no prior long-distance hiking experience means there are a lot of unknowns. From how much food to bring  to whether to buy all your shoes...

Dec 6, 2018 : The Editors
Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking: Winter Hiking Clothing

Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking: Winter Hiking Clothing

It’s beginning to look a lot like.... winter. With the vast majority of the trails surrounding me (OK, all the trails) coated in snow, I figured this was the perfect...

Dec 6, 2018 : Socked In
Backpacker Radio #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Backpacker Radio #24: Mike “Kickstand” Papadatos, from Backpacking Novice to Calendar Triple Crown

Starting a thru-hike without any prior backpacking experience, although not entirely rare, is a brave endeavor.  To string three consecutive thru-hikes back-to-back-to-back is a whole other

Dec 5, 2018 : Zach
My Daughter Is an Aspiring 46er, Which Pretty Much Makes Me an Aspiring 46er

My Daughter Is an Aspiring 46er, Which Pretty Much Makes Me an Aspiring 46er

This past summer my teenage daughter and I embarked on attempting to hike the 46 Adirondack High Peaks. If we hike the 46 highest peaks in the 6.1-million acre Adirondack...

Dec 5, 2018 : Scott
Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Luxury Items

Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Luxury Items

With few exceptions, most thru-hikers try to keep their packs as light as possible, dropping significant weight after a pack shakedown or two. That can mean paring down to the...

Dec 4, 2018 : The Editors
Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

Trail Correspondents Episode #17: Life After the Trail

This is it. The end. Our final episode of the season. A thru-hike is---typically speaking---a half-year adventure. In the midst of this journey, that feels like a very long time....

Dec 3, 2018 : Zach
The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The holiday season is upon us. And what better way to gear up for your thru-hike than to ask people to give you things? Just kidding... sort of. We polled...

Dec 2, 2018 : The Editors