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Ratsack Food Storage Bag Review

The Armored Outdoor Gear Ratsack Food Storage Bag is a rodent-proof lightweight, flexible, stainless-steel mesh bag to protect your food and smellables on camping and backpacking trips. It’s not bear-proof, but it is rodent and small mammal-proof making it ideal for use in primitive cabins, trail shelters, lean-tos, and for storing food in campsite bear …

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What Ever Happened to Chocoholic? I’m Still Here, but Now I Need a New Name

FIRST INSTALLMENT, March, 2020:
Where we left off in September, 2019:  I was injured by the time I got to southern Maine , so I stopped hiking, rented an SUV and supported Swiss hiking pal Freeman as he slackpacked north.  I felt better by the time we got to Katahdin, so I fulfilled my earlier promise to Freeman and climbed the final mountain with him and headed home to Cincinnati.

And that’s when the real challenge began:  recovery.  ...

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Backpacker Radio 81 | Tommy Corey aka “Twerk” of Hiker Trash Vogue

n today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Tommy Corey, aka Twerk, sometimes known as Twerkinthedirt, sometimes known as the guy behind Hiker Trash Vogue.  Twerk gives us a runthrough on his experiences backpacking the PCT, how the Hiker Trash Vogue project came to be, what doors this wildly popular photo project has opened for him.  We also talk about his experiences of what it’s like to be a gay man in the thru-hiking community. ...

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Black Bears and Thru-Hiking: Your Questions Answered

n a recent hike through Glacier National Park, my wife, Michelle, and I encountered multiple bears. Michelle had a more than healthy respect for the animals. I, on the other hand, was complaining that I still had not gotten a really good picture of one. Just then, she whispered, “Bear!” and quickly started moving away from the cute ball of fur (black bear) that had run right past us. My mind registered only, “Hey, a cub!” as I pulled out the camera. ...

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Living Up to My Identity as an Outdoors-woman on the Long Trail

Hi, I’m Jamie and I’ll be attempting a northbound end-to-end hike of Vermont’s Long Trail this fall. Here’s a little about me and why I’m hiking.
I’ve always identified as “outdoorsy.” When I was a kid, my parents took my brother and I camping at least a couple times per year in the state parks near Buffalo, New York where I grew up. I loved every second of it: splashing through creeks in my water shoes, ...

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Living Up to My Identity as an Outdoorswoman on the Long Trail

Hi, I’m Jamie and I’ll be attempting a northbound end-to-end hike of Vermont’s Long Trail this fall. Here’s a little about me and why I’m hiking.
I’ve always identified as “outdoorsy.” When I was a kid, my parents took my brother and me camping at least a couple of times per year in the state parks near Buffalo, New York, where I grew up. I loved every second of it: splashing through creeks in my water shoes, ...

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Tracksmith Women’s Harrier Tank and Long Sleeve Review

Let’s talk about wool. I think it’s safe to assume that we all know wool comes from sheep, but have you thought about what that means? Sheep’s fleece keeps them cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold—even when it’s precipitating. It protects them from the sun by absorbing UV rays. It also contains a substance called lanolin, which is both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.
Basically, sheep fleece is perfectly evolved to protect the animal from the elements. ...

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Colorado Trail Segment 11B-12: The Solo Trip

Drumroll please: I quit my job! Long before the pandemic I’d hoped to quit my job earlier this summer to thru-hike about ¾ of the Colorado Trail. As everyone can relate, that did not exactly go to plan. I was very lucky to find a position I’m more excited about in the long term, with the added benefit of having a little time off between the two jobs. I decided to use a few of those days to complete my first ever solo backpacking trip while knocking out another segment and a half of the Colorado Trail.

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Colorado Trail Segment 11A + Mt. Elbert: The Water

Section hiking the Colorado Trail while working full-time requires some creativity. It isn’t always possible to hike an entire segment in a weekend, so I broke Segment 11 into two portions by splitting it at the Interlaken Trailhead. Alex and I added Mt. Elbert to what we called “Part A” as well, since Elbert’s trail directly intersects the CT. 

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