Backpacking

1,080km WINTER trek across Poland

On January 4, Lukasz Supergan started a 1,080km trek across his native Poland. Beginning in the Izerskie Mountains, he combined several long trails so that he could hike across the Polish Mountains and end at the Ukrainian border. After 48 days and 16 hours, he reached the Bukowka Pass on the Bieszczady Mountains and finished his crossing. …

WHAT is Bikepacking?

It wasn’t all that long ago that I had to ask Kraig Becker … WHAT is Bikepacking? I wanted to get to hiking trailheads by BIKE. … But isn’t that called Bike Touring? BikePacking.com considers those 2 terms nearly identical, except that touring is mostly on pavement. Bikepacking mostly non-pavement. Camping + minimalist Cycling. Like …

REI Activator 3.0 Softshell Pants Review

REI’s Activator 3.0 Soft-Shell Pants, available for both men and women, are softshell pants for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. They’re water-resistant and highly breathable to prevent sweat build-up, with articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for freedom of movement. They’re rated windproof to 35 mph wind and coated with DWR (durable water repellent) for …

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Dreams Dashed
So, COVID resulted in the cancellation of my hike the night before I planned to leave in 2020. I know I am not the only one who had that dream dashed. Anyone who has planned a thru hike knows it’s not like cancelling a week-long vacation and rescheduling it later. Nope. This is a huge hiccup in plans. There are financial considerations, not to mention employment status. Mentally, I was thrown for a loop. ...

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Shaking Down Gear and Shaking Out Nerves (Kind of…)

Hey guys!
In May of 2020 my boyfriend, Ryan, and I made a plan to quit our jobs and take a year-long sabbatical to travel around in our 2015 Ford Transit Van, hike the Appalachian Trail, and go on an extended adventure.  We had a lot of work ahead of us to make the van a viable living situation for the two of us and our dog, Parker. In November, we packed up our lives in San Diego, ...

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