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Golden Hinde Traverse, Strathcona Vancouver Island

By BestHike editor Rick McCharles I’m hoping to climb the highest mountain on Vancouver Island 2,195 m (7,201 ft) late August, early September.  Fewer bugs.  Dryer trails. … Hopefully. Many try and fail to get to this summit.  It’s a scramble up snow or rock at the top. The mountain took its name from Sir Francis Drake‘s ship, …

10 Best Hammock Tents of 2020

Hammocks Tents are all-in-one camping and backpacking shelters that include a hammock, mosquito netting, a tarp for rain protection, and a suspension system to hang it all between two trees. The biggest advantage of buying an all-in-one hammock tent is that all the components fit together and you can take them out on the trail …

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Energy Companies End Battle to Build Pipeline Under the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

The energy companies behind a natural gas pipeline that would have run under the Appalachian Trail in Virginia have dropped their efforts to build the 600-mile pipeline.
The decision by Dominion Energy and Duke Energy was announced Sunday, July 5, weeks after the US Supreme Court allowed the pipeline to proceed after lengthy court battles. The companies said their decision was based on rising costs and uncertainty about continued legal challenges surrounding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would run from northern West Virginia to southeastern North Carolina. ...

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Gear Review: Arc’teryx Remige Hoody

Lightweight hiking hoodies just might be one of my favorite pieces of gear. Rather than constantly slathering on sunscreen and still getting sunburned, I can now protect my arms, neck, and ears from the sun’s harmful rays without doing a thing. Moisture wicking and breathable, the Arc’teryx Remige hoody is ideal for hiking adventures under the intense sun and varied weather conditions typical in the mountains. 
Arc’teryx Remige At-a-Glance
Weight: Women’s 4.6 oz, Men’s 5.6 oz
UPF Rating: 50
Fabric: Thalden Polyester
MSRP: $89
Intended Use

This lightweight hoody is best used for hiking and trekking adventures in the mountain west. ...

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Making it Work

Incredibly Lucky
We feel incredibly lucky to be able to piece together any kind of long distance hiking this season. In all probability, we will NOT be able to thru-hike the entirety of the Continental Divide Trail in one season. We are going to hike as much of it as we can.
The advent of COVID-19 has lifted logistics to an “art form”. All our previous planning has been tossed out the window. As a result, ...

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This Artist’s Illustrations Highlight Challenges Faced by BIPOC Thru-Hikers

The following is a guest post courtesy of Marie Draws. Marie is a PCT thru-hiker and artist who is using her skills to tell the stories of backpackers from diverse backgrounds and communities.
After George Floyd’s violent death, I wanted to use my skills to help the Black Lives Matter movement. Fellow hiker Stark Naked reached out to tell me about their experiences of racism on the PCT and I thought a lot more people needed to hear their story. ...

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When The Trail Says: Slow Down

It’s no secret that the trail is my teacher. I learn countless truths about myself, life, and the human condition as I traverse her many miles of lessons. The trail is my church and my therapist, my mentor and my friend. We have a routine. I hike locally every morning and on the weekends, I ask her my meta-questions on the AT during 20 to 30 mile days. While this all started in prep for my Long Trail thru-hike, ...

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Appalachian Trail Footbridge Reopens at Harpers Ferry

The Appalachian Trail footbridge at Harpers Ferry reopened on Friday, July 3, according to MetroNews of West Virginia and multiple internet reports.
The footbridge across the Potomac River, linking West Virginia and Maryland, had been closed since it was damaged in a train derailment on Dec. 21.

The Federal Railroad Administration determined in a report released in June that an engineer error caused the CSX train to derail, with two freight cars toppling onto the footbridge and into the river, ...

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9 great hiking destinations in Finland

Hendrik Morkel, editor of Hiking in Finland, gives us the list: Hetta-Pallas Trail St. Olavs Trail Sipoonkorpi National Park Repovesi National Park Helvetinjärvi & Seitseminen National Parks Ruka-Kuusamo Area Urho Kekkonen National Park Pöyrisjärvi Käsivarsi Wilderness Area Together with four friends we compiled the Best Hikes in Finland: https://t.co/MzhOTWzY0V Have a look and let us know …
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