Hugh Owen

Editor, writer at The Trek. Passions: hiking, snowshoeing, bicycling, craft beer. After 42 years in the crucible of daily and weekly journalism, working for The Trek from home in my sweats and a with cup of coffee brings me great pleasure.

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Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

An Appalachian Trail hiker reported missing earlier this week was found dead Thursday, Oct. 17, near Bear Rocks in Lynn Township,

Oct 17, 2019 : Hugh Owen
As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As Hiker Numbers Soar, the Appalachian Trail’s Future Lies in Educating Hikers

As thousands of aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hikers began their trek north from Georgia in 2019, they were joined by a new breed of hiker—trail

Sep 11, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Gear Review: MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent

Gear Review: MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent

The MSR Carbon Reflex 2  is a seriously lightweight tent made for two, but as with most two-person tents, it's better for one. It's

Sep 11, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on AT Closed Because It’s No Longer Safe

Overmountain Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, a popular spot for countless thru-hikers and others, has been closed because it is

Sep 5, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Hiker Found Dead on AT Near Roan Mountain Remembered as Man of Many Passions

Hiker Found Dead on AT Near Roan Mountain Remembered as Man of Many Passions

David Ladley Swanson, 53, of Durham, NC, who died of cardiac arrest on the Appalachian Trail near Roan Mountain on Sept. 2, had hiked the Pacific

Sep 3, 2019 : Hugh Owen
PCT Hiker Dies after Tree Falls on Him in Washington

PCT Hiker Dies after Tree Falls on Him in Washington

A 28-year-old hiker from Germany died on the Pacific Crest Trail after a tree fell on him Tuesday near Trout Lake in Washington. Finn Bastian, of

Aug 29, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Casa de Luna Closing on PCT after 21 Years of Welcoming Hikers

Casa de Luna Closing on PCT after 21 Years of Welcoming Hikers

Casa de Luna, a refuge for weary Pacific Crest Trail hikers for 21 years, will close in 2019 after the final southbound hikers pass through. “It

Aug 25, 2019 : Hugh Owen
AT Hiker Found Dead in Tent Near Trail in Maine

AT Hiker Found Dead in Tent Near Trail in Maine

The body of an Appalachian Trail hiker was found in his tent near the trail in Maine on Monday, Aug. 5, two days after he was reported missing by his

Aug 6, 2019 : Hugh Owen
AT Hikers Now Required to Use Bear Containers, Bear Hangs in Most of Vermont

AT Hikers Now Required to Use Bear Containers, Bear Hangs in Most of Vermont

The Green Mountain National Forest, which includes an Appalachian Trail shelter where a bear was killed after raiding hikers' food, is now requiring

Jul 12, 2019 : Hugh Owen
Gear Review: Marmot Phase 20 Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Marmot Phase 20 Sleeping Bag

The Marmot Phase 20 is made for hikers pushing into ultralight territory who don't want to sacrifice the warmth and comfort of a good night's sleep.

Jun 21, 2019 : Hugh Owen