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What You Need to Know About the Appalachian Trail Kickoff

What You Need to Know About the Appalachian Trail Kickoff

The Appalachian Trail Kickoff, or ATKO, is an annual event held in early March. This event has been going on for 18 years, and continues to get better and better...

Feb 25, 2020 : Stacia Bennett
How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking

So you’ve got all this gear ready to go… but now what? While out backpacking, everything that you need is carried on your back, in this pack. You’ll pack and...

Feb 18, 2020 : Effie Drew
How to Get a Permit to Hike the John Muir Trail

How to Get a Permit to Hike the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a classic trail that covers 211 miles of scenic beauty in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The trail starts at Happy Isles...

Feb 17, 2020 : Inga Aksamit
Seven Exercises to Build Strength and Stability for Hiking

Seven Exercises to Build Strength and Stability for Hiking

We often think about training our larger muscles but neglect to develop good posture and alignment.  This series of exercises was developed to help build strength and stability so that...

Feb 13, 2020 : Lisa Pulsifer
Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part II

Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part II

These thru-hikers will be discussing hiking as a couple, trusting your gut, and meeting Lil Sabastian on-trail!

Feb 12, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part I

Wisdom from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part I

Two couples and one solo hiker chime in with their thoughts on resourcefulness, gear, and what you need to finish a thru-hike. Everyone's answer is a little different, but that's...

Feb 9, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
The Case for Bear Canisters on the Appalachian Trail

The Case for Bear Canisters on the Appalachian Trail

Incidents of bears obtaining food from AT campsites are increasing. Several campsites in the mid-Atlantic have been closed, and a bear that frequently visited an AT campsite was euthanized in ...

Feb 6, 2020 : Cosmo
Southbounding the PCT Part III: Environmental Truths

Southbounding the PCT Part III: Environmental Truths

Environmental factors can have a significant impact on how much you'll enjoy a hike. That's as true of day hikes as it is for thru-hikes. Sometimes it will feel like...

Jan 30, 2020 : Righteous
Going with the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Going with the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Fast flowing rivers are among the most dangerous hazards that hikers regularly negotiate in the backcountry. This post outlines the tactics and techniques to more safely cross swollen creeks and...

Jan 20, 2020 : Zacc Larkin
Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

For Part Two, I asked fellow SOBOs their start and finish dates, what they liked about the schedule, and what about it was difficult. To close it out, we touch...

Jan 15, 2020 : Righteous