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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Backpacks: How to Choose

Hyperlite Mountain Gear (HMG) specializes in making backpacks and shelters with Dyneema Composite Fabrics (formerly called cuben fiber.) Their distinctive white and black colored backpacks are quite popular and easy to spot in the backcountry. Show More Summary

Saying Goodbye to the AT (For now!)

Hello Trekkies! (I feel like I could call you guys that now, haha). Anyway last Saturday I stepped off the Appalachian Trail at mile 309 and started walking towards a town called Erwin, via a state highway. The hostel I’d intended to stay at that night was closed for the season, so I was left without a place to stay or a ride. Show More Summary

The Mental Journey to Now

An update from Vulture. :) The post The Mental Journey to Now appeared first on The Trek.

Hiding in the Woods

In my first Trek post, I included among my list of reasons to hike: “I am terrified of the world right now and want to escape from it.” “I am terrified of the world right now and want to gain strength to face it.” I think it’s time for...Show More Summary

Going Minimal: Preparing for the End

I love having only the bare essentials. One of the aspects of hiking I most enjoy, and am greatly looking forward to, is the minimalism. I love having only the bare essentials. There is something incredibly freeing about being able to pick up and go anywhere knowing that you have everything you need to face life. Show More Summary

What is a Thru-Hike?

For all the years I fantasized about one day hiking the trail, there was only one way. In my mind, thru hiking has always been starting at Springer Mountain and heading north, one foot in front of the other, all the way to Maine. Things have gotten a bit more complicated as I explore the many thru hiking options. Show More Summary

AT 10: Rocksylvania Isn’t So Rocky After All

Don’t forget to check the end of this update for spectacular photos and another compilation video! Rocksylvania What can I say. The entire time I have been on the Appalachian Trail, a little over 8 months at this point in time, I have feared the moment I would enter Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

Chasing the Dream on the AT in 2018

Franconia Ridge, New Hampshire is one of my most favorite places in the United States.  The first time I saw this I actually cried.  I am so amazed that there are places like this that I am able to walk on.  Even more amazing is that...Show More Summary

Groot is on the loose! The reason for Groot on the AT

Seasons greetings to my fellow hikers,  hope the holidays are treating you and yours well!   The following is the reason I’m toting an 8 ounce Groot action figure on the AT in 2018 (other than him being so frigging adorable): So,  imagine if you will,  that you’ve decided to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. Show More Summary

Fill The Food Bag: Trail Recipes You Won’t Get Sick Of

So, you’ve decided to thru-hike a long-distance trail. Fantastic idea! Have you put any thought into what you’re going to eat for all those miles? The first decision you need to make is your resupply strategy: are you going to shop as...Show More Summary

If I don’t post about my thru hike on social media, did it even happen?

Social media and I have a love/hate relationship. I literally joined Facebook and Instagram THIS year. Let that sink in. I went over 30 years without having an online social media presence. I am a shy, dorky introvert who didn’t want her weirdness on display. Show More Summary

Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Lessons Learned Alone in the Grand Canyon

As a child, I had a picture book chronicling the adventures of Donald Duck and his three nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, on a camping trip in the woods.  The details have gotten fuzzy in the 25 years since I last read it, but I remember...Show More Summary

All In A Day’s (Trail) Work: A Day In the Life of a Trail Worker

Some days are easier than others as a trail worker. Like thru-hiking, there will be good days and bad days. But somewhere in the middle are days of sweaty, dusty, and sometimes frustrating work. I’d like to give you a joyous little run-down...Show More Summary

How to Follow a Trail: Blazes and Trail Anatomy

When the pilots of small aircraft fly in clear weather, they often orient themselves by referring to visible landmarks like roads, buildings, or obvious terrain features rather than flying by navigation instruments. They can still refer...Show More Summary

NEW – The Adventure Podcast

 I’m subscribed. ???? An extension to the excellent Adventure Blog online. Kraig Becker: … The first episode is now available to download through iTunes or can be accessed directly here. … weekly news from the adventure world, discussing major topics of interest, talking … Continue reading ?

10 Things People Say to You as a Solo Woman Thru-Hiker

Gender stereotypes and expectations are still rampant in the world, including the outdoors that we dirtbags like to think of as so pure. As a woman, people will treat you differently simply because of your gender. Here are ten things you can expect to be asked as a woman solo thru-hiker. The post 10 Things People Say to You as a Solo Woman Thru-Hiker appeared first on The Trek.

Mountain Bloodline: The San Gabriels

by Bryn Barabas Potter This past fall, the National Forest Foundation sponsored a blog contest to celebrate local community connections the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument outside of Los Angeles. Special thanks to REI, Southwest Airlines and Grand Trunk for helping to sponsor the contest and providing prizes for the winning entries. Show More Summary

The Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Over $100

The holiday season is upon us. And what better way to gear up for your thru-hike than to ask people to give you things? Just kidding… sort of. We polled recent thru-hikers on the gear they couldn’t live without on the trail, and came...Show More Summary

Best Backpacking Cook Pots: Titanium, Aluminum, or Stainless Steel?

Backpacking cook pots are available in titanium, aluminum, and stainless steel but there are significant differences in the cost, performance, and durability between them. What are the pros and cons of each material and other factors...Show More Summary

Learning by Doing in the Big Ditch: A Solo Trek of the Escalante Route

The Grand Canyon is the type of place that you can’t understand or appreciate from a single vantage point.  In photos, it looks so vast that it’s difficult to have a sense of its underlying architecture.   Even standing standing at the rim for the first time, I felt relatively unmoved. Show More Summary

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