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Numb Toes After Finishing Your Thru-Hike? Here’s Why.

Numb Toes After Finishing Your Thru-Hike? Here’s Why.

In July of 2018, I lost most of the sensitivity in my toes on both feet. I didn't think much of it at first. I was in the middle of...

Sep 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
7 Things I Absolutely Hated About Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

7 Things I Absolutely Hated About Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

You either have a good time or a good story, as the saying goes.  Now that I've completed the Appalachian Trail, I love to look back and laugh at all...

Sep 10, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Vegan on the Appalachian Trail: Is It Feasible?

Vegan on the Appalachian Trail: Is It Feasible?

If there's one thing all thru-hikers take seriously, it's their food. Thru-hikers are known for their ferocious appetites, devouring virtually everything in sight. For good reason too—a typical

Sep 9, 2021 : Max Kiel
The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Safe and Effective Hitchhiking

The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Safe and Effective Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is the easiest, most efficient way for thru-hikers to travel between town and the trail. After all, we don’t have cars and we often don’t have cell service to...

Sep 9, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Southbound into Oregon

Southbound into Oregon

So many NOBOs told me, “you’ll love Oregon. It’s flat, and you’ll easily be able to get 30-35 mile days.”   Hmmm… I believed them.  I was thinking, “Score! I’ll...

Sep 7, 2021 : Janine
Have We All Been Filtering Our Water Wrong the Whole Time?

Have We All Been Filtering Our Water Wrong the Whole Time?

On a recent backpacking trip, I stopped at a stream to filter water along with some other hikers. We were making hiker trash small talk (“Man, I'm starving. What's your...

Sep 7, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Trail Coffee 6 Ways: Which Method Makes the Best Brew?

Trail Coffee 6 Ways: Which Method Makes the Best Brew?

My days tend to start the same way whether I'm on or off-trail: waking up, putting the kettle on, and making a good brew. I’m the kind of person who...

Aug 25, 2021 : Joal and Jenny
6 Trail Foods That Never Bore Me (No Matter How Much I Eat)

6 Trail Foods That Never Bore Me (No Matter How Much I Eat)

Spend enough time backpacking and eventually, every bar starts tasting like flavored sawdust, every rehydrated dinner like mushy sadness. Many popular trail foods are very sugary (drink mixes, bars,

Aug 24, 2021 : Kelly Floro
9 Simple Word Games to Spice Up Your Next Backpacking Trip

9 Simple Word Games to Spice Up Your Next Backpacking Trip

When the miles start to drag, what do you do to pass the time? Check out these word games to help get you through those afternoon blues.

Aug 18, 2021 : Owen Eigenbrot
Music Recommendations?

Music Recommendations?

Sometimes when I’m on trail, music is nice to have playing.  I made a playlist on Spotify before leaving for the trail, but I would love some input and to...

Aug 18, 2021 : Janine