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Trail Correspondents S3 Episode #12 | The Mental Grind

Trail Correspondents S3 Episode #12 | The Mental Grind

The trail is my teacher. Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of a long distance backpacking trip is the time it allows someone to be with their thoughts. It's...

Jan 14, 2022 : The Editors
13 of The Trek’s Top Posts from 2021

13 of The Trek’s Top Posts from 2021

2021 was the year everyone went back outside. Vaccines became widely available, COVID numbers dropped, and the powers-that-be gave the green light for 2021 thru-hikers. We navigated around

Jan 13, 2022 : Penina Satlow
Zpacks Plex Solo Ultralight Tent Review

Zpacks Plex Solo Ultralight Tent Review

I’ll get right to it.  The Plex Solo is a brand new trekking pole tent released by the storied DCFmongers at Zpacks.  The name gives little away besides a suggestion...

Jan 13, 2022 : Owen Eigenbrot
The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the sleeping systems they used on their 2021 Thru hike. This post will cover...

Jan 12, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
The Best Backpacks for Thru-Hiking of 2022

The Best Backpacks for Thru-Hiking of 2022

Your backpacking pack is one of the most important components of your backpacking setup. Your style of pack goes hand in hand with your style of hiking. They need to...

Jan 11, 2022 : The Editors
8 Things I’m Excited to Do to Attempt a More Sustainable Thru-hike

8 Things I’m Excited to Do to Attempt a More Sustainable Thru-hike

#1 Use less plastic. Ugh. It seems like it's even harder to avoid plastic packaging while on trail than it is in everyday life. I do have a few ideas...

Jan 11, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
How to Hammock Camp the CDT: Gear, Advice, Section-Specific Tips

How to Hammock Camp the CDT: Gear, Advice, Section-Specific Tips

 Other hikers: “What do you do if the area you're in has no trees for a hammock?”  Hammock Campers: “Walk to somewhere with trees.” Secret hammock spot night two of...

Jan 10, 2022 : Chris Guynn
The Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022

The Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022

Choosing a tent for your thru-hike is a big deal, but it's also probably the least stressful house shopping experience you'll have over the course of your lifetime. Enjoy it....

Jan 6, 2022 : The Editors
Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we survey long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the shelter systems they use. In this post we’ll cover the trends from the...

Jan 5, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About This?! The 5 Hardest Sections of the AT No One Talks About

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About This?! The 5 Hardest Sections of the AT No One Talks About

Because of the hype and fearmongering, I felt mentally prepared to “embrace the suck”.  It was the little talked about sections of trail that really pushed my limits and made...

Jan 4, 2022 : Anna McKinney