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Andrew Skurka Sets New FKT on Pfiffner Traverse

Andrew Skurka Sets New FKT on Pfiffner Traverse

On August 5, Andrew Skurka set the new unsupported Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Pfiffner Traverse. Running on just four hours of sleep, Skurka covered 76 miles and 28,0000...

Aug 5, 2020 : Sarah
9 Things I Learned from My NOBO JMT Thru-Hike

9 Things I Learned from My NOBO JMT Thru-Hike

I've been off trail for nearly a week, yet the natural high of pushing my body past its perceived limits and comfort zones still lingers. It's a difficult feeling to...

Aug 4, 2020 : Chad Lubinski
Trump Signs into Law the Great American Outdoors Act

Trump Signs into Law the Great American Outdoors Act

The Great America Outdoors Act will infuse billions of dollars into overdue national park maintenance and land preservation.

Aug 4, 2020 : Hugh Owen
Backpacker Radio 77 | Barney “Scout” Mann on his New PCT Book, “Journeys North”

Backpacker Radio 77 | Barney “Scout” Mann on his New PCT Book, “Journeys North”

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek we are joined yet again by famed Trail Angel, triple crowner, and author, Barney Scout Mann.  This convo focuses largely...

Aug 2, 2020 : Elise Ott
Why Sun Umbrellas are Becoming Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Piece of Gear

Why Sun Umbrellas are Becoming Thru-Hikers’ Favorite Piece of Gear

"I pulled out my umbrella and held it aloft. There was no tangible difference in temperature under my portable shade, but the intensity of the sun was diminished and for that...

Jul 31, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Arizona Trail Association Discourages 2020 SOBO AZT Thru-Hikes and Thru-Rides

Arizona Trail Association Discourages 2020 SOBO AZT Thru-Hikes and Thru-Rides

Citing multiple trail closures with "no safe or reasonable detours," in addition to Arizona being a COVID-19 hotspot, the Arizona Trail Association is discouraging both thru-hikes and thru-rides on

Jul 29, 2020 : Zach
21 of Our Most Useful, Informative, Popular Gear Articles

21 of Our Most Useful, Informative, Popular Gear Articles

Over the years, we have amassed quite a collection of gear reviews, roundups, Best-Ofs, tech breakdowns, updates from season to season, and advice articles. We've compiled some of our most...

Jul 29, 2020 : The Editors
Black Girl Hair Tips for Hiking and Backpacking

Black Girl Hair Tips for Hiking and Backpacking

Until recently, I wasn't really sure hiking was even a thing Black people really did. I have even found myself thinking, I’d like to hike but what would I do...

Jul 29, 2020 : Kimberly Scott
How to Plan a Backcountry Trip During a Pandemic

How to Plan a Backcountry Trip During a Pandemic

My most recent trip into the High Sierra was one for the books. For three nights, I slept under the summer stars after days filled with granite peaks, alpine lakes,...

Jul 28, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Backpacking Meals

Our Favorite Three-Ingredient Backpacking Meals

...For When You Hate Everything in Your Food Bag The first few hundred miles of your hike will be a blissful, face-stuffing party of Snickers and pasta sides, but soon...

Jul 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian