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What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

What Worked, What Didn’t on My Trek to Maine

Hey folks! A lot of time was spent deciding what to carry as I walked from Georgia to Maine. So I thought I'd briefly try to let you know how...

Mar 19, 2019 : Christopher Keys
Raider’s Fanny Pack : Toiletries And More

Raider’s Fanny Pack : Toiletries And More

Up the trail, the sun glimmered off an iridescent waist, rainbow reflections hitting the dirt path. Grown-out blonde hair tucked loosely into a bun. A stray stand comes loose in...

Jan 14, 2018 : Katie Doane
Raider’s Gear Review And Other Stories

Raider’s Gear Review And Other Stories

My fellow hiker trash, welcome! What lies before you is all the hiking gear I used to finish my 2017 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I've included, sizes, weights and ...

Jan 14, 2018 : Katie Doane
My Portable, Transferable, Multi-Sport Essentials Kit

My Portable, Transferable, Multi-Sport Essentials Kit

Keeping all these items in my portable, transferable, multisport essentials kit keeps me from having to look for them separately every time I head out onto the trail, be it...

Jun 23, 2017 : John Edward Harris
PCT Clothing System: 3 Thru-Hikers Share Apparel Lists, Tweaks, and Best Practices

PCT Clothing System: 3 Thru-Hikers Share Apparel Lists, Tweaks, and Best Practices

This article serves as supplemental information to the advice outlined in her extensive and insightful gear chapter from Pacific Crest Trials.  If you get value from this information we encourage you

Apr 8, 2016 : Liz Thomas
Ultralight: How to Cut Your Base Weight In Half

Ultralight: How to Cut Your Base Weight In Half

When I first started the Appalachian Trail, I didn't understand why my pack was so heavy. I only brought a few “luxury” items; everything else was essential. But when I...

Mar 20, 2016 : Rachel Cheatham
How to Pick Your Big Three

How to Pick Your Big Three

When you think of gear, what do you think of first? Do you think of the first aid kit you'll need? The clothing you'll wear? What kind of trowel you...

Feb 13, 2015 : Ruth