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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
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

In 2019, we surveyed 365 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) . We asked these hikers about the sleeping bags they used, as well as quilts...

Jan 9, 2020 : Mariposa
Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

"Oh, you're going the opposite way!" O RLY? I can't tell you how much this phrase began to grate on my nerves over the 2,650-mile trip from Canada to Mexico....

Jan 8, 2020 : Righteous
Backpacker Radio 57: Crazy Jack Northam on Summiting Whitney ~200 Times, Listener Poop Stories, and The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail

Backpacker Radio 57: Crazy Jack Northam on Summiting Whitney ~200 Times, Listener Poop Stories, and The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail

We are joined by Crazy Jack Northam.  Crazy Jack earned his name by summiting Mount Whitney (the highest peak in the United States' Lower 48) nearly 200 times, an endeavor...

Jan 8, 2020 : Zach
Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Looking to crush your first thru-hike? Preparing can be a daunting task, and definitely requires more than a handful of one or two day summit hikes!

Jan 7, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Announcing: The Inaugural Season of The Trek Ambassador Program, Now Accepting Applications

Thru-hiking in 2020?  Let's chat! The Trek is looking for a handful of thru-hikers to showcase through their social media channels in 2020.  Specifically, we're looking to feature those who...

Jan 6, 2020 : The Editors
FK-FAIL: When Attempting a Fastest Known Time is NOT for You

FK-FAIL: When Attempting a Fastest Known Time is NOT for You

Today in the year 2020, almost everyone at least remotely in touch with the long-trail and endurance community are familiar with the phenomenon known as Fastest Known Times (FKTs). For...

Jan 6, 2020 : Antonio Sierra
Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

Five Trail Resolutions for the New Year

We take to the trails for a simpler life, engaging the rhythms of nature, joining a community of like-minded people. Our days on trail follow the rising and setting of...

Jan 2, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Gear Wars: Quilts Vs. Sleeping Bag

Gear Wars: Quilts Vs. Sleeping Bag

Do you pass out after a long day of hiking in a zipped-up sleeping bag or an open-sided quilt? Do you want the comfort of an enclosed bag or the...

Jan 2, 2020 : The Editors