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Shedding the Weight: Gear Changes for My 2nd AT Attempt

Shedding the Weight: Gear Changes for My 2nd AT Attempt

This will be my second attempt at thru-hiking the AT while also trying to go a little lighter than before. I got injured last year, and carrying extra weight while...

Feb 28, 2017 : Stubbs
Ultralight Backpacking 102: The Gear Guide

Ultralight Backpacking 102: The Gear Guide

The following series on ultralight backpacking is brought to you by Intro to Ultralight here's a quick fix to get you up to speed. In the first part we talked about...

Dec 19, 2016 : Caet Cash
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tour

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tour

Signs at the entrance led me through hallway after hallway of artist’s studios, diners, and fabric-strewn shops. A door opened into the sunlight and an ancient alley, moss growing down...

Apr 9, 2016 : Maggie Wallace
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 : Glacier-Swiss
The Footwear Debate: Are Trail Runners Superior to Boots?

The Footwear Debate: Are Trail Runners Superior to Boots?

Though tradition would have most people believing it is impossible to hike a trail like the AT with anything other than a big, leather pair of waterproof boots, this notion is being challenged...

Dec 4, 2015 : Kyle O'Grady
Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Lightweight Backpack

Gear Review: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Lightweight Backpack

Gossamer Gear, founded in 1998, is a company that creates lightweight and versatile equipment with a goal of improving the backpacking experience. As friends of Appalachian Trials, they were kind

Sep 28, 2015 : Ashli Baldwin
Gear Review: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent

Gear Review: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent

Disclosure: The following product was donated for the purposes of review. I value my own space. Since my boyfriend and I met on the trail in 2014, we carried different...

May 21, 2015 : Jessica Porter