leave no trace

Poop Problems and Bad Bear Hangs: Is Leave No Trace Working?

Poop Problems and Bad Bear Hangs: Is Leave No Trace Working?

The roots of Leave No Trace, a set of principles designed to promote conservation of land and water resources impacted by outdoor recreation, go back more than half a century,...

Oct 26, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
You Can Do Trail Magic, You Just Have to Do it Right

You Can Do Trail Magic, You Just Have to Do it Right

It’s no mystery why hikers in the midst of a grueling long-distance journey love trail magic. Whether you’re having a great day or feeling ground down, hot, cold, tired, or...

Jun 4, 2018 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Ruck Review:  Getting Ready for a Long Distance Hike

Ruck Review: Getting Ready for a Long Distance Hike

When I was preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail last year, I was looking for any information that I could get. It was my first long distance hike and...

Mar 29, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell
Bringing Leave-No-Trace to Life Off Trail

Bringing Leave-No-Trace to Life Off Trail

On trail, we follow Leave No Trace practices every day. Since Katahdin, I've thought more about how these principles can apply to my off-trail life as well.

Sep 17, 2017 : Zoë Symon
Gear Review: Vargo Dig Dig Tool

Gear Review: Vargo Dig Dig Tool

Weighing in at 1.25 ounces, it’s lighter than many competitive products and has a serrated edge to make it easier to slice through roots.

Jun 20, 2017 : Mary Beth Skylis
Living A Sheltered Life

Living A Sheltered Life

Shelters become nightly community social hubs after a long day of hiking, despite the lack of privacy, despite the snoring and despite the less than stellar accommodations.

Jun 1, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
5 Avoidable Mistakes Gas Monkey has Already Made

5 Avoidable Mistakes Gas Monkey has Already Made

Less than 100 days stand between me and the start of my thru-hike. One of the best ways I have prepared for this grand undertaking were the section hikes that I...

Dec 15, 2016 : Gas Monkey
Alphabet Soup: LNT and the AT

Alphabet Soup: LNT and the AT

The more people who learn LNT techniques through an hour long awareness seminar or two day and overnight Trainer Course, and practice those techniques while hiking and backpacking, means that...

Oct 13, 2016 : John Edward Harris
“Steady” on the State of Long Distance Hiking

“Steady” on the State of Long Distance Hiking

I first met “Steady” at Cable Gap Shelter, south of Fontana Dam as it delivers the Appalachian Trail (AT) into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. She was hiking (in...

Mar 24, 2016 : Joe Schmidt
Peeing: More Than A Feeling

Peeing: More Than A Feeling

Besides way too much airplay being afforded to the repetitive synthesized guitar riffs of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling,” few things peeve me more than spotting white puffs of toilet...

Jan 30, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen