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Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Why They Walked: Portraits of 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

It’s been 12 years since I started collecting stories and portraits of northbound thru-hikers as they trek through their final state, Maine. Every year I am astounded by the hikers...

Jan 16, 2020 : Chris Bennett
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
Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

A few years ago I was living in Southern California. Winter, even in that mellow climate, had a tendency to keep me inside. The short days, chillier winter temperatures, and...

Jan 14, 2020 : Mike Tyler
10 Things I Learned From a Failed Thru-Hike

10 Things I Learned From a Failed Thru-Hike

In May 2019, my coworker and I set out to hike all 271 miles of the Long Trail. It's an oversimplification to call the adventure a failed thru-hike, because it...

Jan 13, 2020 : Anna Kulinski
The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s January Clearance

The Best Deals for Backpackers at REI’s January Clearance

This is a sponsored post brought to you by REI. From 1/13 to 1/20, REI is clearing out their shelves and backpackers have the chance to save up to 50%...

Jan 13, 2020 : Sponsored Post
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Sleeping Bags and Pads: The 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey

In 2019, we surveyed 365 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) . We asked these hikers about the sleeping bags they used, as well as quilts...

Jan 9, 2020 : Mariposa
Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

"Oh, you're going the opposite way!" O RLY? I can't tell you how much this phrase began to grate on my nerves over the 2,650-mile trip from Canada to Mexico....

Jan 8, 2020 : Righteous
Backpacker Radio 57: Crazy Jack Northam on Summiting Whitney ~200 Times, Listener Poop Stories, and The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail

Backpacker Radio 57: Crazy Jack Northam on Summiting Whitney ~200 Times, Listener Poop Stories, and The Top Tents on the Appalachian Trail

We are joined by Crazy Jack Northam.  Crazy Jack earned his name by summiting Mount Whitney (the highest peak in the United States' Lower 48) nearly 200 times, an endeavor...

Jan 8, 2020 : Zach
Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Looking to crush your first thru-hike? Preparing can be a daunting task, and definitely requires more than a handful of one or two day summit hikes!

Jan 7, 2020 : Katie Kommer