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Best Thru Hiking Tents of 2017

Best Thru Hiking Tents of 2017

A hiker's choice of shelter is an entirely personal decision. Solo hikers who value space over weight often opt for a two-person freestanding tent,

Jun 25, 2017 : The Editors
Best Thru Hiking Backpacks of 2017

Best Thru Hiking Backpacks of 2017

As backpacking gear gets lighter and hikers more savvy with their base weight, the pack trend has followed suit... or perhaps led the charge.We

Jun 12, 2017 : The Editors
Thru-Hiker’s Favorite Appalachian Trail Towns

Thru-Hiker’s Favorite Appalachian Trail Towns

Trail towns are a real richness for this particular trail. -Brian (Gadget) Lewis, NOBO 2010 Seeing a town coming up in the guidebook can make even

Jun 4, 2017 : The Editors
Appalachian Trail Game Launches on Android and iOS

Appalachian Trail Game Launches on Android and iOS

Calling all thru-hikers, thru-hiker hopefuls, and Oregon Trail aficionados. We now have a chance to send a hapless digital hiker through the trials

May 16, 2017 : The Editors
24 Insane Thru-Hike Transformation Photos

24 Insane Thru-Hike Transformation Photos

One of the (only) givens of a thru-hike is that you're going to undergo some sort of physical transformation. Each hiker is different—from extreme

May 12, 2017 : The Editors
Tales from the Trail: Volume IV

Tales from the Trail: Volume IV

In this week's edition of Tales from the Trail, we get one of the most accurate descriptions of hiking the Appalachian Trail on record: "If the AT

May 11, 2017 : The Editors
How Long-Distance Backpacking Changes Your Relationship with the Outdoors

How Long-Distance Backpacking Changes Your Relationship with the Outdoors

Did you know National Trails Day is coming up? Did you know it existed? On June 3rd, clubs and organizations around the country will host trail

May 5, 2017 : The Editors
From Drugs & Alcohol to the PCT: Watch “A Single Step” Here

From Drugs & Alcohol to the PCT: Watch “A Single Step” Here

Last week, a different sort of PCT thru-hiking documentary quietly went live.   The Trek: Where did you meet Colin and Andrew? What inspired you

Apr 24, 2017 : The Editors
Hiking Groups Can Now Register For Campsites on the AT

Hiking Groups Can Now Register For Campsites on the AT

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recently released a campsite registration system:  voluntary thru-hiker registration, AT CAMP aims to

Apr 18, 2017 : The Editors
Thru-Hiker Approved Base Layers

Thru-Hiker Approved Base Layers

Base layers are arguably a long-distance hiker's most versatile piece of clothing. We sleep in them, we hike in them, and since we're always wearing

Apr 18, 2017 : The Editors