Maggie Slepian

I have a cat named Heisenberg who only calms down when he wears clothing, and that's not even the worst thing about me. Writing clips and contact info at maggieslepian.com

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The Best Backpacking Gear I’ve Tested Over the Past 5 Years

The Best Backpacking Gear I’ve Tested Over the Past 5 Years

As the Trek's Managing Editor for more than five years, I had ample opportunity to test, review, and write about backpacking gear. Some items I

Sep 25, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Backpacking Meals

Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Backpacking Meals

...For When You Hate Everything in Your Food Bag The first few hundred miles of your hike will be a blissful, face-stuffing party of Snickers and

Jul 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Biggest Similarities (and Differences) Between Backpacking and Bike Packing

Biggest Similarities (and Differences) Between Backpacking and Bike Packing

Last summer I gave bike packing a try for the first time. I had no specific gear for the sport, but I had backpacking gear and a full-suspension

Jul 18, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Car Camping Gear for Every Budget

Car Camping Gear for Every Budget

We've been hitting the road every week on different car camping trips since early March. At first, this was a way to get out of the house before I

Jul 11, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act

On June 17, the US Senate voted 73-25 in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, which now brings it to the House of Representatives for

Jun 17, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
The Best Backpacking Packs of 2020

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2020

Your backpacking pack is one of the most important things you can buy for your backpacking setup. Your style of pack goes hand in hand with your

Jun 12, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
CDTC Releases Updated Guidance for Visiting the CDT

CDTC Releases Updated Guidance for Visiting the CDT

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) has released an updated statement with guidance for hiking along the CDT this year. They remain

Jun 3, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
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

May 20, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
ATC Requests Appalachian Trail Closed Until 4/30

ATC Requests Appalachian Trail Closed Until 4/30

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 29 of the 31 AT maintaining clubs in early April asked the federal government to close the entire Appalachian

Apr 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
The Essential Day Hiking Gear List

The Essential Day Hiking Gear List

Since thru-hiking has been temporarily canceled, we're pivoting toward appreciating the things we can do, like shorter outings close to home, and

Apr 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian