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Sticks, Stones, and Gender Roles: An Introduction

"Does your husband know you're out here?"... When I close my eyes, I can still feel the blood rush to my cheeks and the stutter on my lips as I struggled to find an answer. The truth was that no more than 3 days into my Southbound thru hike of the AT I was struggling with the massive undertaking that is walking all the way from Maine to Georgia.

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The Winds Have It – Part Two

From our experience hiking in the Sierras, if you want a relatively snow free trail experience, it is generally better to not enter the Sierras “too early”. Not being particularly familiar with the Wind River Range, we figured we’d apply the same “formula” to The Winds as well.  How bad can it be in early July? The answer. Luckily we are adept in the snow. 
Into the Winds…Again
We had more than enough of the Pole Creek Trail, ...

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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol vs. NEMO Switchback: The Ultimate Comparison

f you’ve spent time backpacking, I’d be willing to bet my next pizza that you’ve seen either a Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol (henceforth referred to as Z Lite) or a NEMO Switchback at some point.  Maybe you carried one yourself.  Their low weight and price point, combined with exceptional ruggedness, make these closed-cell foam (CCF) sleeping pads a favorite choice of thru-hikers and weekend warriors alike.
For many years, the Z Lite remained the unchallenged monarch of the CCF market and thus came to define the genre.  ...

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The Best Hiking Gear Deals from Backcountry’s Big Brand Sale

The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Backcountry.com.
Before you settle in for your time-honored Friday the 13th marathon tradition this weekend, be sure to check out the Backcountry Big Brand Sale, which kicks off on 11/13 and runs until 11/17.
This is not a drill.
Now is your chance to stock up on high dollar backpacking apparel and gear without breaking the bank, so grab your wish list and get your butt over to Backcountry.com. ...

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ATC Urges 2021 Hikers to Take Precautions, Consider Alternatives

n an open letter to 2021 trail users, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on Thursday urged long-distance hikers to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during their hikes. As it becomes increasingly clear that the pandemic will continue to disrupt normal life well into 2021, the long trail organization has released guidance for next year’s prospective hikers.
“Hiking the A.T. in 2021 will likely remain a logistical challenge underscored by health and safety risks,” the letter says. ...

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Oboz Sawtooth II 8″ Insulated 200g Hiking Boots Review

Oboz Sawtooth II Insulated 8″ Hiking Boots (new in fall, 2020) have 200g Thinsulate insulation and are rated to -25 degrees Fahrenheit, making them ideal for hiking in cool, wet weather and milder winter conditions. They’re comfortable but quite supportive with a rigid heel counter and stiff upper that provides excellent ankle support. I’ve been …

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The Winds Have It – Part One

Best kept secret in the lower 48 hiking world? It would have to be Wyoming’s Wind River Range. How did we not know about this magical place? Had we not set out to thru-hike the CDT, I highly doubt we would have ever discovered, let alone experienced, the ridiculous beauty of The Winds. Our second and third weeks (June 27 – July 11) hiking the CDT found us in the Wind River Range.  I dare say we could spend an entire summer exploring the far reaches of this majestic area. ...

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The 13 Best Deals from REI’s Gear Up Get Out 2020 Sale for Hikers

REI’s Gear Up Get Out 2020 Sale is a perfect opportunity to gear up for another year of adventure. The sale runs from November 13th to November 23rd, so be sure to snag these sweet savings while you can. Here are some of our favorite deals on backpacking, hiking, and camping gear from the Gear Up Get Out 2020 sale. Spoiler alert: there are some real goodies in this list, from top-shelf hiking apparel to coveted gadgets to the all-important sleep system. ...

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