Backpacking

The Noom Me

A Little History
Since I started blogging for the Trek in 2016, I’ve taken five long section hikes losing an average of 25 pounds each hike.  One might think I was down to about 100 pounds at this point, except I managed to regain the weight I lost in about the time it took to walk it off.  The Spring of 2019 was particularly bad because I had rotator cuff surgery and my recovery prevented me from working out until well into June.   ...

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Hiking the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail in Northern New Hampshire

Sugarloaf Mountain is a 52-with-a-view peak in the Nash Stream Forest, a conservation area in Northern New Hampshire, about 10 miles north of Mt Cabot and the northernmost border of the White Mountain National Forest. The Nash Stream Forest is considerably less developed than the White Mountains to the south, although there is a well …

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A Heartfelt Thank You to Trail Crews Everywhere

Vague Appreciation
I have gained a greater appreciation for every one whose job it is to maintain the trails we all enjoy. On many previous hikes I have walked between two pieces of a large tree trunk on either side of the trail and know someone lugged a chainsaw in and cut it out of the way when it fell. I have crossed rushing streams on bridges and wondered how they had been built. I hiked on trails where groups of workers came in for a whole season and did major upgrades to overused steep trails to stop erosion or to repair it after a major wildfire.  ...

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I’m a BIPOC Hiker Taking on the Triple Crown

My name is Gina Knox. I travel throughout the US to hike and photograph new spaces as a part of my commitment to physical and mental well-being and a life of continued education. Some of my goals are to travel the world to discover other cultures, learn a new language, travel to physically trace my ancestry, and help people reach their goals with herbal medicine. I begin my journey to complete the Triple Crown next spring with the AT class of 2021. 
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Expedition Foods High Energy Freeze-Dried Camping Meals Review

Expedition Foods is a UK-based freeze-dried camping meal manufacturer that makes really good 1000 calorie and 800 calorie meals. You can buy their meals in the USA from Racing the Planet, an organization that runs extreme ultramarathon events in deserts around the world. Not only are they packed with calories, but they are also really …

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Enter the Scottish National Trail

Introducing the SNT
If you’ve never heard of the Scottish National Trail, then I am not surprised. Not many people have as its 864 km (537 mile) length is overshadowed by its more famous, much older relatives like the West Highland Way and Cape Wrath Trail, both of which the SNT shares some distance with.
According to Walk Highlands, which is the extensive primary database on Scotland’s vast trail system (indeed, the country is a hiking paradise) the SNT was devised by outdoors writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish. ...

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SHT Gear List Trades

On Saturday, July 4th, at 8:46 a.m. (in George Floyd’s memory – 8 minutes and 46 minutes a grim symbol of police brutality) I will begin my Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) thru-hike.
Due to coronavirus-related restrictions affecting local businesses in some of the smaller towns along the Superior Hiking Trail, I’ve had to make adjustments to my sleep system to allow for more food and fewer stops. 
The gear trades (the original): 
Patagonia came through with mad love gifting me their 29.3 ounce 850 down sleeping bag. ...

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Backpacker Radio 74 | Jamey Mossengren aka “The Unicycling Unicorn”

n today’s episode—we are back to recording in person—we are  joined by Jamey Mossengren, also known as The Unicycling Unicorn.  Jamey traded in his cushy 9-5 job to pursue the glamorous lifestyle of a street performer, and hasn’t looked back since.  Not only does Jamey make a living by putting on unicycle shows, he’s also unicycled both the Colorado Trail and Arizona Trail!   We talk about these very unique trips, his thru-hikes of the AT and Camino del Norte, ...

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