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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Hiking the CDT

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Hiking the CDT

Having already hiked the Pacific Crest Trail twice, as well as the Arizona, Tahoe Rim, Colorado, and Appalachian trails, I finally set foot on the CDT this past summer to...

Dec 5, 2022 : Jenn Wall
Ultralight Backpacking With a Baby

Ultralight Backpacking With a Baby

As I strapped our seven-month-old into the child carrier, I couldn’t help but smile as he admired the birds singing, welcoming him to the forest. His little eyes widened as...

Nov 28, 2022 : Sunney Mahalak
What Is a Tent Footprint (And Do You Need One)?

What Is a Tent Footprint (And Do You Need One)?

What is a tent footprint? In short, a tent footprint is a groundcloth that goes under your tent's bathtub floor to protect it and keep it clean and dry. And...

Nov 10, 2022 : Penina Crocker
How To Treat Your Hiking Clothes With Permethrin

How To Treat Your Hiking Clothes With Permethrin

True story: I once forgot to pack bug spray for a backpacking trip in the White Mountains of NH. It was my first-ever multi-day backpack, but that excuse didn't mean...

Nov 3, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
How to Transition from Thru-Hiking to Trail Running

How to Transition from Thru-Hiking to Trail Running

I avoided trail running for years because I hated running uphill. I didn't discover until much later that pretty much all trail runners, even the professionals, walk/power-hike at least some...

Nov 2, 2022 : Katie Kommer
Is Freezer Bag Cooking Really Safe?

Is Freezer Bag Cooking Really Safe?

If you dehydrate your own backpacking food, you probably package individual servings in quart-size freezer bags. Not only are Ziplocs a lightweight, low-bulk way to pack food, but they also...

Nov 1, 2022 : Kelly Floro
5 Amazing Backpacking Trips in the Upper Great Lakes

5 Amazing Backpacking Trips in the Upper Great Lakes

Since moving to the Twin Cities 15 years ago, I have come to love the special ruggedness of the Upper Great Lakes region, a place we call “Up North.” Forests...

Oct 27, 2022 : Alison Young
Week 18: Washington Heat Waves, More Fires and Goat Rocks!

Week 18: Washington Heat Waves, More Fires and Goat Rocks!

Entering Washington An extra half day is taken in Cascade Locks, Oregon. It's the start of a heat wave so we'll set out later in the evening. Most of our...

Oct 24, 2022 : Thomas Allie
5 Stupid Light Gear Choices That Take Ultralight Too Far

5 Stupid Light Gear Choices That Take Ultralight Too Far

Have you been on a really long streak of whittling down your gear list? Have you tinkered every gram of your pack to perfection? For some hikers, getting to a...

Oct 24, 2022 : GPS
Tips for Flying With Your Backpack from A Flight Attendant

Tips for Flying With Your Backpack from A Flight Attendant

Stressing about traveling to your next backpacking trip? I hope that sharing some of my experiences can help!

Oct 19, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki