Backpacking

How to Manage Hygiene on the Appalachian Trail

o, you’re off to hike the Appalachian Trail. You’ve bought your gear and prepped your pack with advice from gear experts and hiker pros. But how to broach the subject of keeping clean and preparing for your (hushed tones please) period? Luckily, Julia “Rocket” Sheehan has put together a video (below) of her best tips on managing hygiene while camping.
Here are some of the biggest takeaways on how to keep oh-so-clean for anyone planning an overnight trip or a thru-hike on the Appalachian (and yes, ...

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite has long been a favorite among thru-hikers on the country’s Triple Crown trails. It packs small, weighs about 12 ounces—closer to 15 ounces when the stuff sack, inflation bag, and repair kit are included—and has proven to be durable. The 4.2 R-value ensures three-season warmth.
Therma-a-Rest NeoAir XLite At-a-Glance
MSRP: $184.95 (regular)
Tested Size: Regular
Weight: 12 ounces
R-value: 4.2 for the men’s XLite, 5.4 for the women’s XLite
LxWxH: 72″ x 20″ x 2.5″
Packed Size: 9″ x 4.1″
Color: Lemon curry
 
Circumstance of Use
I finally got on trail for multiday loop hikes in late September and early October this fall, ...

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Why (Do I Hike)

Nikola (Tesla) Horvat hiked the Colorado Trail in 2019 putting together this award winning video Very philosophical. Nature, Time, Community, Mental Health and Final Chapter. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Nikola Horvat is a successful PCT and Colorado Trail thru-hiker, author, filmmaker, and founder of the Croatian Long Distance Trail. He pioneered the CLDT upon returning …

Thru-Hiker’s Gift Guide 2020: Under $200

The thru-hiker or backpacker in your life is probably busy saving for their next long-distance adventure, and we can pretty much guarantee they have a long list of items on their wish list. This collection of thru-hiker and backpacking gift ideas under $200 is a good place to start. We’ve listed a variety of gift …

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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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