We don’t get nine lives

We don’t get nine lives

A little obvious, I know. But have you ever been in a situation where time seems to slow down? It happens as soon as you perceive that you're in significant...

Oct 21, 2019 : Richard Humphreys
What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

First time thru-hikers are bound to make countless errors. Thankfully my 40 pound pack didn't keep me from finishing the John Muir Trail, but there are more than a few...

Oct 21, 2019 : Katie Kommer
Average Thru-Hiker Attempts an FKT

Average Thru-Hiker Attempts an FKT

A completely average PCT Thru-Hiker attempts an FKT.

Oct 20, 2019 : Blaine Hoppenrath
How to Get Ready for the PCT:  Just Keep Moving

How to Get Ready for the PCT: Just Keep Moving

Why I Hike Roughly twice a year, I take multiday backpacking trips into the Grand Canyon. Living in Arizona, you're dumb not to take advantage of this ridiculous wonder. I've...

Oct 19, 2019 : Lance Goehring
Unexpected: Ten Problems for Thru-Hikers

Unexpected: Ten Problems for Thru-Hikers

Deromanticizing thru-hiking and offering ten solutions to often-overlooked problems.

Oct 19, 2019 : Zach Terpstra
Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-size, Curvy, Short Torso Searching for Life Partner to Travel the World, Piggyback Style!

Oct 19, 2019 : Shannon Quadres
After the AT Comes New Zealand’s TA

After the AT Comes New Zealand’s TA

After finishing a thru-hike, many hikers are left wondering what comes next. The answer's easy: another thru-hike!

Oct 18, 2019 : Danny Strayer
Fuel the Love: How Nutrition Can Shape Life on the Trail

Fuel the Love: How Nutrition Can Shape Life on the Trail

Despite knowing better, I occasionally make the mistake of completing a strenuous activity and only refueling with junk food. It’s the same story every time: later in the day I...

Oct 18, 2019 : Becca
Mount Greylock Magic

Mount Greylock Magic

Written on July 26, 2019 I continue to fluctuate emotionally.  I’ve been doing small miles this week.  Staying below ten miles most days.  Today I’ve only walked 3.9 miles.  I...

Oct 18, 2019 : Sara Rollins
Backpacker Radio 49: Matt “Pretzel” Mason on Shaking Down New Thru-Hikers, Gear Advice, Wildland Firefighting, and Also Everything

Backpacker Radio 49: Matt “Pretzel” Mason on Shaking Down New Thru-Hikers, Gear Advice, Wildland Firefighting, and Also Everything

Matt "Pretzel" Mason is a triple crowner, trail runner, sober hiker, former Mountain Crossings employee, wildland firefighter, gear snob, and all around character. His beard game is strong,

Oct 17, 2019 : Zach