Backpacking

10 Best Snowshoes for Winter Hiking in 2020-2021

For winter snowshoeing on hiking trails and in the backcountry, you want a winter hiking snowshoe that is durable, with aggressive crampons for traction and a secure binding system that locks your boots to the snowshoes. If you’re interested in getting off the grid and snowshoeing through backcountry terrain, these are the 10 best snowshoes …

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Can Thru-Hiking Bring Peace? A Combat Veteran’s Advice for Veterans

ike many combat veterans, Earl Shaffer returned home from war depressed, alienated, and confused. He’d spent years around some of the nastiest fighting World War II had to offer and lost a lifelong friend at Iwo Jima. Upon returning home, it seemed life in the States had nothing meaningful to offer.
So in 1948, Shaffer set out on an adventure to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, simply telling others that he wanted to “walk the war out of (his) system.” His trek became the first recorded thru-hike, ...

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Atom Packs The Mo 50L Pack Review

Joal and I have struggled to find gear made in the UK for the thru-hiking community so we were super excited when a friend recommended we check out Atom Packs, a UK-based company that makes custom ultralight backpacks. This hiking season I’ve been testing their 50L Mo.
Who are Atom Packs?
Meet Atom Packs, a cottage pack company based in the Lake District in the UK. The company was founded by the triple crowner Tom Gale, ...

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Atom Packs The Mo 50L Custom Pack Review

Joal and I have struggled to find gear made in the UK for the thru-hiking community so we were super excited when a friend recommended we check out Atom Packs, a UK-based company that makes custom ultralight backpacks. This hiking season I’ve been testing their 50L Mo.
Who are Atom Packs?
Meet Atom Packs, a cottage pack company based in the Lake District in the UK. The company was founded by the triple crowner Tom Gale, ...

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Troubridge Trudge – Sunshine Coast Trail, B.C.

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles. I’d previously hiked two other sections of the (roughly) 180km Sunshine Coast Trail: Sarah Point to Manzanita hut (2015) Mowat Bay to Lois Main (2016) Pestered by wasps and other biting insects on those two earlier trips, I deliberately returned late season. No bugs. This time I headed for the …

Bushwhacking South Engine Hill

South Engine Hill (3244′) is a trail-less mountain on the New Hampshire 200 highest list that’s located off the Rocky Branch Trail outside of Jackson, NH. Climbing it requires hiking up the Rocky Branch Trail from Rt 16, a distance of 2.6 miles with 1800′ of elevation gain before you bushwhack south about a half-mile …

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Backpacker Radio 86 | Nathan Hankes

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Nathan Hankes.  Nathan is an army veteran, having served a tour in Iraq as a drone operator for the United States Army in the aftermath of 9/11.  Upon returning from his tour, Nathan turned to the Appalachian Trail to sort out the residual anger and anxiety he was dealing with as a result of his time serving overseas.  We go deep on Nathan’s experience in Iraq, ...

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The Great Range Traverse: Tackling the Premier Adirondack Hiking Challenge

or hikers looking to tackle one of the toughest challenges in the Adirondacks, look no further than the Great Range Traverse.  Often compared to the Presidential Traverse of New Hampshire, the route gains nearly 9,500 vertical feet of elevation over 26 miles as it traverses 10 summits with eight peaks over 4,000 feet.
The route reaches its apex at the highest summit in New York, 5,344-foot Mount Marcy.  Along the way, expect some of the East’s toughest terrain with numerous steep scrambles, ...

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