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What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

What Not to Bring on Your First Long-Distance Hike

First time thru-hikers are bound to make countless errors. Thankfully my 40 pound pack didn't keep me from finishing the John Muir Trail, but there are more than a few...

Oct 21, 2019 : Katie Kommer
Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-Size Speed Dating: An Unlikely Hiker’s Search for the Perfect Pack

Plus-size, Curvy, Short Torso Searching for Life Partner to Travel the World, Piggyback Style!

Oct 19, 2019 : Shannon Quadres
Backpacker Radio 49: Matt “Pretzel” Mason on Shaking Down New Thru-Hikers, Gear Advice, Wildland Firefighting, and Also Everything

Backpacker Radio 49: Matt “Pretzel” Mason on Shaking Down New Thru-Hikers, Gear Advice, Wildland Firefighting, and Also Everything

Matt "Pretzel" Mason is a triple crowner, trail runner, sober hiker, former Mountain Crossings employee, wildland firefighter, gear snob, and all around character. His beard game is strong,

Oct 17, 2019 : Zach
Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail Hiker Found Dead in Pennsylvania

An Appalachian Trail hiker reported missing earlier this week was found dead Thursday, Oct. 17, near Bear Rocks in Lynn Township, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Police said the body of Michael

Oct 17, 2019 : Hugh Owen
How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in Great Sand Dunes National Park

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Colorado is home to a seemingly endless amount of backpacking and hiking trails. While each area of the state boasts vastly different and diverse landscapes, none are as unique as...

Oct 17, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 10 – October 16

Congrats to These 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: October 10 – October 16

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Oct 16, 2019 : Rachel S
Congrats to These 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: October 10 – October 16

Congrats to These 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: October 10 – October 16

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Oct 16, 2019 : Rachel S
A Letter to the Post-Trail Thru-Hiker

A Letter to the Post-Trail Thru-Hiker

Dear Thru-Hiker, We were heroes. We were the people that your local newspaper writes articles about and people make documentaries and write books about. We stood on the top of...

Oct 16, 2019 : Julia Sheehan
200 Miles Hiking in North Macedonia

200 Miles Hiking in North Macedonia

We chose to cross Europe on foot to discover those countries so close to us that we didn't know much about. North Macedonia is one of them. Located in the...

Oct 15, 2019 : Deux Pas Vers L Autre
Backcountry Recipes Ideal for a Thru-Hike

Backcountry Recipes Ideal for a Thru-Hike

Fall is here, which means hiking season is fading into eating season. For those of us who will be dreaming of warmer trails and longer miles, it can be a...

Oct 11, 2019 : The Editors