Backpacking

How To Plan A Backpacking Trip In Arches National Park

If you dream of warm air, bright colors, and some of the most unique hiking in the country, then look no further than Arches National Park. The park features the highest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world (over 2,000), as well as irreplaceable petroglyphs and Native American relics. A whopping 1.6 million people make the trip to this Eastern Utah park each year, yet only 1% of these visitor’s venture into the park’s backcountry. ...

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Shelters Reopen on Long Trail, Appalachian Trail in Vermont

Shelters and privies on the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail in Vermont have reopened with suggested COVID-19 guidelines as of Friday, June 26.
The Green Mountain Club, which oversees the trails in Vermont, posted the guidelines for overnight camping and general hiking suggestions here.
Visitors to backcountry overnight sites are being asked to adhere to the following guidelines:
Postpone a visit unless you’re healthy and have not been recently exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. ...

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Gear Review: Arc’teryx Women’s Delta LT Hoody

Much like my preferences for hydration packs, backpacking packs, sleeping bags, and shoes, my preferences for outdoor clothing basically consist of “less is more.” I like simplicity. That said, I’d rather have a piece of clothing that is not so simple but incredibly functional, if forced in one direction or the other. Fortunately, Arc’teryx doesn’t often make us choose, and the women’s Delta LT Hoody provides a great example of joint simplicity and function.
Arc’teryx Women’s Delta LT Hoody At-a-Glance
MSRP: $170
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Fit: Trim, ...

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Hiking the North Tripyramid Avalanche Slide

North Tripyramid is a 4000 footer located in Waterville Valley, NH, in the southern half of the White Mountain National Forest. While there are a number of different trails you can follow to climb it, the most challenging one is via the Mt Tripyramid Trail, which climbs an avalanche slide on the mountain’s northwest face …

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The Road Walk to End All Road Walks

The more I hike my own route, the more I’m amazed that there are trails spanning the US almost completely on public land. The southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains are notorious for being made up of privately owned ranches. Even the southern-most Colorado 14er, Culebra Peak, is privately owned.
A Choice
When I mapped out my route in April I thought I would be able to walk from Red River to La Veta Pass on the east side of the mountains. ...

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Patricia Cameron on How Colorado Blackpackers is Fighting for Economic Equity Outdoors

From micro aggressive remarks to blatant racism, BIPOC hikers experience the outdoors differently. Knowing this, Colorado Blackpackers is working to open the outdoors to a diversified set of people. By getting more BIPOC outdoors through free and discounted gear, trips, and adventures, CO Blackpackers is reshaping the way we consider what qualifies a person as “outdoorsy.”
How Colorado Blackpackers Started

Patricia Cameron is the founder and executive director of Colorado Blackpackers. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Blackpackers offers gear, ...

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Howdy, Long Trail! The Name’s Scrappy

Hey y’all! My name is Tracy and I am thru-hiking the Long Trail this summer. I’m a 34-year-old legal professional in the DC area, a mom, a yogi, and an outdoor adventure seeker. The woods are my solace and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail has been on my bucket list for the past five years. However, since a tiny human makes a four- to five-month absence complicated, the AT is a future dream for now. This is where my friend, ...

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Buttle Lake Campground, Strathcona Park B.C.

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles First time to this part of Strathcona Provincial Park,  Vancouver Island, I decided to tent at the biggest campground on arrival — Buttle Lake. And was glad I did. Easy access from Campbell River.  I cycled. Campgrounds had just opened following the COVID-19 shutdown.  Their reservation system was still …

Backpacking Food: Knorr Rice Sides

Knorr’s Rice Sides are a favorite backpacking food for thru-hikers, section hikers, and weekend warriors because they include all of the nutritional food groups important to backpackers: salt, carbohydrates, and easy. If you add a little protein like a can of tuna fish or chicken, sausage, or pepperoni slices, they become a filling and surprisingly …

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PCT Days Canceled for 2020

The event director of PCT Days said Wednesday, June 24, that the annual three-day festival scheduled in August this year will be canceled.
The announcement was posted on the Pacific Crest Trail Days Facebook page, and said the event was canceled this year because of government restrictions on festivals along with COVID-19 health concerns.
The 14th annual festival for 2021 will be August 20-22 at Marine Park in Cascade Locks, Oregon.
The annual Pacific Crest Trail Days celebrates and promotes hiking, ...

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