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

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

Changes I made after swapping gear, and doing my own personal shakedown prior to round 2 on the Appalachian Trail.

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 Gossamer Gear, a leading UL gear manufacturer since 1998. Gossamer Gear is a small, passionate company whose mission is to...

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 : Rachel Cheatham
The Footwear Debate: Are Trail Runners Superior to Boots?

The Footwear Debate: Are Trail Runners Superior to Boots?

Is a big, heavy, pair of boots really necessary to hike on difficult terrain? Conventional wisdom says yes, but lately, this trend 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

MSR's Hubba Hubba NX is easy to set up, spacious and lightweight--making my decision to switch from a single to a two-person tent easy.

May 21, 2015 : Jessica Porter