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Tips for Lightening Your Pack Featuring The Real Hiking Viking

Tips for Lightening Your Pack Featuring The Real Hiking Viking

Looking for ideas on how to reduce your pack weight? We grabbed the Real Hiking Viking to get his advice and tips for lightening your pack weight,

Dec 7, 2018 : The Editors
Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Going into a thru-hike with no prior long-distance hiking experience means there are a lot of unknowns. From how much food to bring  to whether to

Dec 6, 2018 : The Editors
Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Luxury Items

Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Luxury Items

With few exceptions, most thru-hikers try to keep their packs as light as possible, dropping significant weight after a pack shakedown or two. That

Dec 4, 2018 : The Editors
The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

The holiday season is upon us. And what better way to gear up for your thru-hike than to ask people to give you things? Just kidding... sort of. We

Dec 2, 2018 : The Editors
The Best Cyber Monday / Week Deals for Backpackers

The Best Cyber Monday / Week Deals for Backpackers

It's Cyber Week. Simply put, this is probably the best time of the year to score gear at a steep discount.  We've poured through dozens of sites to

Nov 26, 2018 : The Editors
The Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

The Best Black Friday Deals for Hikers and Backpackers

We applaud all those who are choosing to #OptOutside today.  For those who don't have that option or who simply want to score some great deals for

Nov 23, 2018 : The Editors
JOIN US: Celebrate the CDT’s 40th Birthday in Golden, Colorado

JOIN US: Celebrate the CDT’s 40th Birthday in Golden, Colorado

Forty has never looked so good!  We're teaming up with the CDTC (Continental Divide Trail Coalition) to celebrate the CDT's 40th birthday!  Join us

Nov 21, 2018 : The Editors
Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Essential Items

Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Essential Items

Most hikers know you need several specific items to make a long-distance backpacking trip successful. A shelter, a pack, sleep system, and layers are

Nov 9, 2018 : The Editors
Federal Judge Deals Setback to Keystone Pipeline

Federal Judge Deals Setback to Keystone Pipeline

A federal judge in Montana has temporarily blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, saying the Trump administration

Nov 9, 2018 : The Editors
Insulation Plant Under Construction Near Harpers Ferry Generates Local Outcry

Insulation Plant Under Construction Near Harpers Ferry Generates Local Outcry

In July 2018, ground was broken for the construction of an insulation manufacturing plant in Jefferson County, West Virginia. This 24-hour-a-day

Oct 31, 2018 : The Editors