Backpacking

Barney (Scout) Mann’s Pacific Crest Trail book

In Journeys North, legendary trail angel, thru hiker, and former PCTA board chair Scout spins compelling tales of hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 as they walk from Mexico to Canada. That year terrible snow storms rocked the Canadian border starting the last days in September. Barney (Scout) Mann hiked with wife Sandy (Frodo) …

Seek Outside Eolus Tent Review (2P)

The Seek Outside Eolus Tent with Nest is a 36.9 oz-tent that pitches with two trekking poles. It is very large for such a lightweight two-person tent, making it extremely livable and comfortable, especially for taller individuals, or people who have to pack a lot of gear. The tent has a unique zipperless door that …

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Elk River trail to Landslide Lake, Strathcona Park B.C.

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles Click PLAY or watch a short video on YouTube. See how poorly my own video compares with that one.  😶 Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Easy access from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. The up-and-back Elk River trail to Landslide Lake is one of the best …

Oboz Arete Mid Hiking Boots Review

boz hits a sweet mix of lightweight comfort and trustworthy stability with their Arete Mid hiking boots. The Arete Mids offer a unique option for indecisive hikers. They provide the shape and stability of a traditional hiking boot without the bulky weight. No need to skimp all the way down to trail runners: the Oboz Arete Mid boots have you covered.

Oboz Arete Mid Hiking Boots At-a-Glance 
MSRP: $135
Weight: 15.4 ounces (men’s size 9)
Upper Material: Weather resistant open spacer mesh with no-sew panels
Midsole: Single-density EVA

Outsole: Tempest rubber
Circumstance of Review
I’ve been testing these over the summer across Tennessee. ...

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Join Us Today For an Instagram Live AMA with Jeff “Legend” Garmire

he Trek will host a live Instagram AMA (Ask Me Anything) today, September 11th, with Jeff “Legend” Garmire. Join us on Instagram at 5pm ET/2pm PT to take part in the event.
Legend is best known for completing a calendar year Triple Crown in 2016, setting FKTs on the Arizona Trail, Long Trail, and Pinhoti Trail in 2019, and most recently for setting the unsupported FKT on the Colorado Trail this summer. He completed the 485 trail in 9 days, ...

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Can You Drink Tannic Water?

If you hike or backpack in areas that have large amounts of decaying vegetation, like the forests of North America, you’re going to come across natural water sources that have a sickly red, orange, or yellow color. The tea-like coloring is caused by tannins that have leached out of the trees, grasses, and leafy plants, …

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What’s in a Trail Name

Next winter, I will depart from the distractions of this material world and embark on an odyssey that is the Appalachian Trail. I can’t help but wonder… What will my trail name be? I’ve felt thrilled to get a trail name, as it will mark the beginning of my journey as a thru-hiker. Like a dog waiting for a fresh bowl of kibble, I’ve drooled over it. 
My identity will no longer be Shilletha the Veterinary Technician. ...

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