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Virginia Today, Maine Tomorrow: The Flip Flop

Last week we hiked through the Grayson Highlands, then spent Memorial Day Weekend car camping there with our friends who live in Washington, DC. On Monday they drove us up to DC, and on Tuesday evening we flew to Portland, ME. Though it was a little earlier than we had planned, the time to flip flop was upon us.
We took just about every form of transportation to get to Bangor, ME. The Metro in DC from our friends’ apartment got us to a bus to Dulles Airport. ...

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Why Do You Hike? | Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Interviews from Trail Days 2019

“Why do you hike?” is a question that most thru-hikers get asked. Understanding the “why” can give hikers a sense of purpose and can serves as motivation to start the trail and as the motivation to finish it.
Everyone has their own reasons. Some hike for the challenge. Some hike for mental health. Some hike for someone who can’t. Some hike to get away from the city or society. Some hike simply because they want to. ...

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The Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad

The perfect gift takes a little more effort than skipping the tie rack—which is a good first step. Here’s our handy cheat sheet to finding Father’s Day gifts he’ll actually use. First, we broke down what your dad is interested in: music, travel, tech, cooking, and exercise. Then, we got granular, factoring in what he’s […]

Our Favorite Men’s Care Brand Has A New Line: Hair by Harry’s

With the influx of razor-by-mail companies lately, we keep coming back to Harry’s. We’ve never been disappointed. Harry’s has amazing shave products as well as razors, with low prices and fantastic customer service. And now our favorite men’s care brand has just released a line of hair care and grooming products that are as awesome […]

Gear Review: The Patagonia Yulex 2.0 Wetsuit

After testing Patagonia’s first-ever completely neoprene-free R1 a couple years ago, we called it the ‘Tesla of wetsuits’, an impressive synergy of design, craftsmanship, and eco-innovation. But only now do we fully appreciate that comparison given its obvious — though, little discussed — shortcomings. Yulex 1.0 was by almost all accounts — including our own […]

TRAIL DAYS 2019: Hiker Portraits and Festival Experience

Hello, folks! Furiosa (or Fury) here, bringing you a rewind and reflection of Trail Days 2019 in Damascus, VA. I had the pleasure of working with the gang at The Trek booth, photographing and interviewing hikers from all years and trails. It was an incredible time and ended way too fast.

This was my second Trail Days, my first being in 2017 when I was NOBO on the AT. Unfortunately, I had to get off trail in Daleville, ...

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