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30 Thru-Hiking Truths You Won’t See on Instagram

30 Thru-Hiking Truths You Won’t See on Instagram

The other evening I was having a conversation with a fellow thru and day hiker at camp. The day hiker asked us why the sudden boom in popularity of the...

Jul 15, 2016 : Dora the Explorer
Base Layers for Backpacking: What You Need to Know

Base Layers for Backpacking: What You Need to Know

The leaves have shifted from green to yellow to fiery red to—well, dead. The morning dew has been replaced by a white frosting of ice and snow. The Cleveland Browns Don't...

Jan 1, 2016 : Jordan Bowman
Should You Treat Water in the Backcountry? What Science Says.

Should You Treat Water in the Backcountry? What Science Says.

The internet is a vast source of information, good and bad. It's easy to find information “proving” just about anything. I have been studying this topic for several years. Giardia:...

Dec 30, 2015 : Guest Post
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
13 Unlikely Appalachian Trail Hikers (If They Can, You Can)

13 Unlikely Appalachian Trail Hikers (If They Can, You Can)

Do you dream of hiking the AT, but believe the reality to be impossible?  What's holding you back? Most people argue time or money, which is addressed, among other places,  It...

Jul 22, 2015 : Maggie Wallace
3 Actual Threats on the Appalachian Trail (And How You Can Protect Yourself)

3 Actual Threats on the Appalachian Trail (And How You Can Protect Yourself)

The sun sets in the west, water freezes at 32 degrees fahrenheit, and fictional movies starring Burt Reynolds.  My best advice is to not provoke wild animals, hang your food at...

Mar 2, 2015 : Zach
12 Weird Backpacking Tips from a Thru-Hiker

12 Weird Backpacking Tips from a Thru-Hiker

There’s a lot of things you can’t buy at REI that will help make your week long backpack or thru-hike a lot more enjoyable.  Below are a few tips for...

Feb 20, 2015 : Hiker Box Special
11 Common Beginner Mistakes in Backpacking and Hiking

11 Common Beginner Mistakes in Backpacking and Hiking

We all start somewhere. We all begin as a beginner, a novice. New gear also demands we catch up. An experienced backpacker in the early ‘90s might not know all...

Sep 24, 2014 : Madison Dragna
4 Must Have Supplements for Long Distance Backpacking

4 Must Have Supplements for Long Distance Backpacking

Let us first address the hyperbolic nature of this title.  There really are no "must have" supplements.  You can walk across the earth without taking a single pill, powder, ointment,...

Jul 22, 2014 : Zach
A Guide to Choosing Between Freestanding & Non-Freestanding Tents

A Guide to Choosing Between Freestanding & Non-Freestanding Tents

What tent should you choose? First, some definitions are in order: Freestanding Tents:  Tents which use included poles to stand up.  They are not attached to anything and can be...

Jul 1, 2014 : Maggie Wallace