The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Quilts for All Budgets

The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Quilts for All Budgets

A bad night’s sleep is the quickest way to ruin a camping trip. At best, you’re guaranteed to be sore, miserable, and exhausted by morning. At worst, you’re putting yourself...

May 25, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Vermont’s Long Trail Reopens After Mud Season; COVID-19 Precautions Issued

Vermont’s Long Trail Reopens After Mud Season; COVID-19 Precautions Issued

The Green Mountain Club declared mud season over and reopened the Long Trail to hiking on May 22, but reminded hikers to take precautions because of COVID-19. “Hiking is the...

May 23, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Shenandoah Park Begins Reopening, but not for Overnight Use

Shenandoah Park Begins Reopening, but not for Overnight Use

Shenandoah National Park will begin a phased reopening on Saturday, May 23, for day use only in certain areas. Overnight camping will be prohibited in the first phase, and the...

May 21, 2020 : Hugh Owen
How Outdoor Organizations Have Responded to COVID-19

How Outdoor Organizations Have Responded to COVID-19

Shelter-in-place orders asked thru-hikers, weekend backpackers, and day hikers to leave their beloved spaces. However, as restrictions are being lifted, many outdoor spaces are opening back up. As

May 21, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Gear Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

Gear Review: Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

In 2015 I bought a puffy for a hike on the Colorado Trail that weighed in at 12 ounces at the time of this writing. It’s a great piece, still...

May 21, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Backpacker Radio Episode 71 | Sarah Jones Decker on Appalachian Trail Shelters

Backpacker Radio Episode 71 | Sarah Jones Decker on Appalachian Trail Shelters

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, we are joined by Sarah Jones Decker, author of the new gorgeous photobook The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-tos, and

May 21, 2020 : Elise Ott
Forest Service Reopens AT Trailheads in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Forest Service Reopens AT Trailheads in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Appalachian Trail trailheads and access points in four national forests in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia will reopen on May 22. In a statement here, the US Forest Service...

May 21, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Small Business Sales Week: Small Companies Offering Great Deals from May 21-27

Small Business Sales Week: Small Companies Offering Great Deals from May 21-27

This is a Sponsored Post brought to you by Garage Grown Gear It's Small Business Sales Week, and we're helping get the word out about online deals for backpacking and...

May 21, 2020 : Sponsored Post
ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

May 20, 2020; 2:30 p.m. MST: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has released updated guidelines for Appalachian Trail users, including day hikers, overnight hikers, and prospective 2020

May 20, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
My Gear List for a Self-Supported Hike on the San Luis Loop

My Gear List for a Self-Supported Hike on the San Luis Loop

Editor's Note: In light of the COVID crisis, The Trek is committed to following all CDC and trail organization recommendations. As trails open up and longer hikes become possible, it's...

May 19, 2020 : PseudoSloth