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My PCT Influence: Too Much Wine

Day 1.  Mile 0. I begrudgingly put one foot in front of another, slowly climbing the steep incline up to our first pass.  The feeling of nausea was overcoming me, but I couldn’t decide if that was more important than my pride.  I wanted and needed to take a break and I hadn’t even been on this trail for 10 minutes. Show More Summary

Gear Review: Osprey Exos 58

Osprey Exos 58 MSRP: $220 Weight: 2 lb. 10 oz. (for a medium) bout 400 miles into my thru-hike, my pack was feeling heavy (5+ pounds empty) and overly complicated (I looked like I was about to embark on a space walk). I needed to pare down, and since I am Bad With Money, I decided to buy a pack in the next town: Damascus, Virginia. Show More Summary

Now Serving Post-Trail Depression With Your Beer

I finally accepted things weren’t okay when I was crying in the airport bathroom, dreading my return to Columbus, bartending, and society in general after a brief AT vacation. This isn’t some immediate post-trail realization. I finished my hike on October 9th. Show More Summary

Hiking New Zealand: Mueller Hut

Only 36 hours after our arrival in New Zealand and my mouth was already agape; could the hike to… The post Hiking New Zealand: Mueller Hut appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

To Bring a Bear Canister And If So Which One? BearVault vs Lighter1

Bear Canister, no bear canister or which bear canister? Canister review and thoughts. So I have really been putting in the work to lower my base weight and so far it started with spending the extra money to swap out each of the big 3 and it saved over 3lbs. Show More Summary

Meteor Crater, Arizona

12 hours agoFitness / Hiking : BestHike.com

I’d hoped to do the short guided hiking tour of part of the rim, but arrived too late in the afternoon. I missed the last one by minutes. Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater approximately 37 miles (60 km) east of … Continue reading ?

Climbing Black Mountain in Winter

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Black Mountain (2757?) is a 52-with-a-View peak located in Jackson, NH with good views of Mt Washington on a clear day. The trail up to the summit follows the Black Mountain Ski trail and passes the Black Mountain Cabin, just below the summit. This is a primitive log cabin managed by the Forest Service that …

A Shameless Plug for Bears

Bear stories from an animal keeper: Enjoy and be smart about bears. The post A Shameless Plug for Bears appeared first on The Trek.

How To Suffer Less During Your Next Winter Hike

hen the temperature starts to drop and the ground begins to get covered in snow, many trails suddenly find themselves mostly empty until spring decides to visit again. While I definitely find myself enjoying less people on the trail,...Show More Summary

The Big Question: WHY

I guess I’ll start with the backstory. I caught the hiking bug in 2014, which is a relatively short time ago. A friend of mine was setting out on his thru hike and 3 of us started off with him as a sort of “support system”. I had originally only planned on hiking a week and then returning to my normal, everyday life. Show More Summary

Thru-Hike Follow-Up: Rhythm and Blues

Pssst – I’m currently 1/3 of the way through re-living my hike by posting 60 of my favorite never-before-seen thru-hike photos chronologically over on my Insta: @nicholeyoung1. Hello, everyone. It’s been a few months since you heard from me. Show More Summary

Nolah: Sleep With A Purpose {Giveaway}

I received our Nolah mattress free of charge. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Things are always go, go,… The post Nolah: Sleep With A Purpose {Giveaway} appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

a girl hikes the GR20 in Corsica

The video is complete. On what some call the toughest hike in Europe. This is an indiegogo campaign. Three weeks of filming in one of the most amazing location in the world was breathtaking. We walked the route in real … Continue reading ?

Sunset Crater, Arizona

Climbing to the rim has been closed for decades. Hikers were doing too much damage. I did the partly wheelchair accessible 1-mile (1.6km) trail Lava Flow Trail and some of the 1-mile (1.6km) Lenox Crater Trail. Both were snowy. But … Continue reading ?

The 2017 Badger Sponsorship Finalists: Vote For Your Favorite

And then there were twelve. Nearly sixty video entries poured into the 2017 Badger Sponsorship.  The Trek Committee painstakingly examined each and voted on their favorites until only a dozen remain. Before we unveil this year’s finalists, I want to offer a sincere congratulations to EVERYONE who entered. Show More Summary

Montane Alpha Guide Jacket Review

The Montane Alpha Guide Jacket is designed to insulate your core while giving greater freedom of movement for your arms. It is insulated with Polartec Alpha, a highly breathable and compressible insulation that was designed for soldiers to eliminate the need of shedding or adding layers while on the move. The jacket is intended to be used …

Episode 62 – Duct Tape the National Parks

We thought this episode had been lost, but now it’s found. This episode was recorded in September 2016…and then Pox’s hard drive crashed. After hard work and some money, it was saved. Here we talk about Karl Metzger’s record breaking...Show More Summary

The Significance of Seven

In Chapter 2 of Pacific Crest Trials, Zach suggests creating a list of reasons why you’re hiking the trail to act as a motivational tool when questioning your sanity on the trail. One of the items on my list, while not particularly motivational,...Show More Summary

A 4-Pronged Plan for Getting Myself (and My Sofa) Back in Shape before My Thru Hike

I’m 15 weeks out from stepping on the trail and getting serious about my training plan. I’d been strapping on my pack and taking training hikes in the NC mountains until it got coldish and dark and I got busy with indoorsy things—researching...Show More Summary

Counting Down

My life revolves around numbers…   Days until I quit my job:  43   Days until we leave for Georgia:  46   Days until we start our thru-hike:  49   For the past few months, my days have started by looking at these numbers.  Everything that happens to me is seen through the lens of “time left”. Show More Summary

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