Backpacking

Hiking Bug Suit

Bug season can be unpleasant, but it’s no reason to give up hiking and backpacking. You just need to cover up with insect-proof clothing and wear bug dope. If you never hike when insects are active, you’re not going to get much hiking and backpacking done, are you? Here’s a look at the hiking bug …

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A Toast to Trails: Drink for the Partnership for the National Trails System at Summer Outdoor Retailer 2019!

Headed to the upcoming Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver?
Come toast your favorite trail with us on Wednesday, June 19, at Laws Whiskey House! We’ll be joining our friends from trail organizations across the country to celebrate the trails that unite us all. Laws will be pouring up a special cocktail inspired by trails and donating proceeds to the Partnership for the National Trails System, and there will be a gear raffle so you can represent your favorite trail this summer! ...

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8 of the Best Stretches for Thru-Hikers

Long-distance backpacking may not be considered a sport by some, but that doesn’t mean hikers aren’t endurance athletes. Thru-hiking requires stamina, muscular endurance, stability and mental fortitude. A good athlete practices a wholistic approach to fitness: nutrition, rest, and mobility alongside the more strenuous training. Stretching helps to keep the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. In this article you’ll find a handful of stretches designed to keep you balanced from head to toe. Hold each stretch for the recommended time, ...

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Final Leg of the Three-Year Triple Crown

What is up TREK people? I am Kevin, AKA Space Jam, and this summer I will be tackling the CDT to complete my Triple Crown in a quick three year time span. I know this isn’t as impressive as a Calendar-Triple but I am still pretty stoked to be able to make it happen. I love thru-hiking but also like taking my time and enjoying it. I also haul 3.5lbs of camera gear so that slows me down quite a bit. ...

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The Best Outdoor Gear Deals of the Week: Week of 6/10

Don’t forget about Father’s Day coming up next week. Consider this our gift-giving guide for all the outdoorsy dads out there.

MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent
$399.99
From $499.95: Save 20%
29oz

NEMO Sonic 15 Sleeping Bag
$335.99
From $449.95: Save 20%
3lbs

Gregory Jade 63 Pack – Women’s
$171.73
From $229.95: Save 25%
3lbs 10oz

Arc’teryx Covert Hooded Fleece Jacket – Women’s
$159.96
From $199.00: Save 20%

Patagonia Men’s Lightweight Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece Pullover
$59.00
From $119.00: Save 50%

This color only, ...

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Gossamer Gear Ranger 35 Backpack Review

The Gossamer Gear Ranger 35 is a technical day pack that’s ideal for day hiking, hut-to-hut hikes, multi-sport trips, and travel with numerous external and internal pockets for keeping yourself organized. Weighing 33.9 oz, it’s fairly burly for a Gossamer Gear backpack, weighing more than the company’s ultralight Mariposa 60 liter multi-day backpack, but that’s …

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A Thru-Hiker’s Thoughts on Finality

Before I begin, please allow me to apologize for not posting in the last 500 miles—I did not realize how challenging it would carve out a few hours during a zero to write.

The Beginning
It’s April 29th, the day I begin the trail. I sit up and stare out of the windshield, still groggy from my 20-minute nap in the car and 5 hours of sleep that past night. Instead of being greeted by the sunny, ...

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Griz’s AT SOBO Intro

Who are you?
Greetings! My (trail) name is Griz. I’m 24 years old from Charleston, SC. I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2017 and hiked the PCT that summer. It was such a positive experience that shortly after finishing and getting settled back into the “real world”, I set my sights on hiking the AT and CDT in the subsequent years, thus completing the Triple Crown. Due to the logistics and my finances at the time, ...

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2100 down, 100 to go (Hot Springs to Damascus)

I’ve now hiked over 600 miles this spring and over 2,100 miles total in the last 12 months! I’m currently in Bland, VA and have less than 100 miles remaining until I finish.
Hot Springs was a blast!
There was a big music festival in town with 3 stages. They had some great bands and a tent with a reggae DJ that kept me there way too late.

I stayed at Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn while I was in Hot Springs. ...

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