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Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Why Every Hiker Should Take A Map and Compass Navigation Course

Whether it's for a short day hike, or roughing it for a few days in the backcountry, there are certain essentials that most hikers won't leave home without. Water, food,...

Feb 23, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
2018 Thru-Hikers: Apply to Be a Trail Correspondent for Backpacker Radio!

2018 Thru-Hikers: Apply to Be a Trail Correspondent for Backpacker Radio!

"What is a Trail Correspondent?" you wonder.  I thought you'd never ask. Unlike our Vloggers, Trail Correspondents will have their audio recordings featured in front of The Trek community.  These

Feb 23, 2018 : Zach
Sugar and Summits: Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Type 1 Diabetes

Sugar and Summits: Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Type 1 Diabetes

Picture this: you’ve been hiking all day, since an hour after sunrise, the pack on your back carrying everything you need to survive out here in the woods. The trail...

Feb 20, 2018 : Rachel Hemond
Reader’s Voice: When Did You Stop Listening to Your Excuses?

Reader’s Voice: When Did You Stop Listening to Your Excuses?

The following is a Sponsored Post brought to you by REI, proud supporters of those who opt to pursue their outdoor dreams. Head over to I’m currently in the process...

Feb 20, 2018 : Sponsored Post
What it Takes to Hike Every Mile of Trail In New Hampshire’s White Mountains

What it Takes to Hike Every Mile of Trail In New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Red-Lining: The Greatest Hiking Challenge You've Never Heard Of White Mountain National Forest is a legendary bastion of ruggedness. Appalachian Trail thru-hikers almost unanimously regard the

Feb 19, 2018 : Jessica Tinios
Post the People: Tips for Photographing People on Trail

Post the People: Tips for Photographing People on Trail

Photography is my language. I'm a very visual person. It's how I communicate; how I teach, how I learn, how I share. You know, I tried to keep a journal...

Feb 17, 2018 : Kylie Torrence
The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

I was alone, hurrying to Vermillion Valley Resort to make the 4 pm ferry. I crossed Bear Creek (a.k.a. big-ass river) on a massive log, and then I charged into some...

Feb 15, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: The Online Feud Between Carrot Quinn and Lint

Mailbag with Jennifer Pharr Davis: The Online Feud Between Carrot Quinn and Lint

The Trek Editor's Note We are thrilled to introduce a brand new series to The Trek- Mailbag with National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year. She's about as versatile as they...

Feb 14, 2018 : Jennifer Pharr Davis
Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Rangeley, Maine

Appalachian Trail Town Spotlight: Rangeley, Maine

The Trail Town Spotlight series is back, this time coming from Rangeley, Maine! This town sits at NOBO mile 1,967 (SOBO mile 220). Coming from Gorham, NH (mile 1,891), NOBOs...

Feb 14, 2018 : James Cape
Backpacker Radio Episode #3: The Love, Romance, & Heartbreak Show Featuring Reptar

Backpacker Radio Episode #3: The Love, Romance, & Heartbreak Show Featuring Reptar

Episode #3 of Backpacker Radio is a tip of the cap to Valentine's Day. We are joined by Katadyn BeFree (Badger likes the BeFree) - Reptar falling in love on...

Feb 14, 2018 : Zach