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Backpacking the Pemigewasset Loop 2019

Backpacking the Pemigewasset Loop 2019

Our gear for spring backpacking in Lincoln, NH. June 1-3, 2019 This hike is a 31.5 miles, like wicked hard, straight up, and the elevation gain is unreal. OK, sure,...

May 5, 2019 : Kayla Pedersen
Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Raising Awareness Triple Crown Style Some trail names demand a backstory, while others need no explanation. When you meet someone called Billy Goat or Legend, for instance, it's safe to...

Apr 30, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Gear Review: Xoskin Long Sleeve Base Layer and Socks

Gear Review: Xoskin Long Sleeve Base Layer and Socks

Intro Xoskin is a fairly new company on the market, providing base layers that feature something called RAPIDriCOPPER Technology. Basically, these guys have quietly come up with a totally unique

Apr 18, 2019 : Carl Stanfield
Shakedown on the Skyway Loop to Prep for the PCT

Shakedown on the Skyway Loop to Prep for the PCT

After doing a couple of shakedown hikes (the most helpful being the Skyway Loop in Alabama), I've realized why they are so important as prep for a Pacific Crest Trail...

Apr 16, 2019 : Elise Ott
Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

I’d say we’re all pretty lucky. We’re lucky to be hiking in a time when there are comprehensive and yearly updated guidebooks, water reports, and GPS apps at our fingertips,...

Mar 22, 2019 : Effie Drew
10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

It’s just before dawn, and the mountains all around you are tranquil. You can tell it’s going to be a glorious morning, and you feel the call of a new...

Mar 21, 2019 : Kelly Floro
Why You Should Take the Ultralight Plunge Right From the Start

Why You Should Take the Ultralight Plunge Right From the Start

Once you have committed to a thru-hike, or even just to backpacking as a hobby, it can be daunting to dive into the world of backpacking gear. There are blogs,...

Mar 13, 2019 : Madeline Newel
The End of My Walk Has Been Hard to Sum Up

The End of My Walk Has Been Hard to Sum Up

Hey all, It has been a long time since my last post. Good thing this isn't my job, cause I would have missed a few deadlines. I had a feeling...

Mar 7, 2019 : Christopher Keys
Chance of Bad Weather: Going Heavy Gear List

Chance of Bad Weather: Going Heavy Gear List

The 2019 PCT year could be a rough weather year. After talking with a number of trekkers that have quite a bit more long-distance trekking experience than I do, many...

Feb 21, 2019 : KTrepp
How I Found My Big Three on a Budget

How I Found My Big Three on a Budget

Every hiker is horny for gear. Thru-hikers even more so! I'm going to be walking from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail starting this March. Inevitably, my gear choices...

Feb 1, 2019 : Melissa