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The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 12

The twelfth part of my journey after returning to the trail for my second attempt at a thru hike. The post The Dirt on the Trail: Chapter 12 appeared first on The Trek.

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I Was Born For a Storm And a Calm Does Not Suit Me: 2018 Thru-Hiker Intro

Who are you and why are you quoting Andrew Jackson? My name is Brandon Chase and I’m planning a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Even though many 2017 hikers haven’t yet finished, I’m too pumped about this not to getShow More Summary

Arkel Seatpacker 15L Bikepacking Bag Review

The Arkel Seatpacker 15 is a waterproof seat bag that has plenty of space to store camping gear for bikepacking trips. It slides on and off a clever aluminum frame that clamps to your saddle’s rails and holds it securely in place without any bouncing or tail wag. The frame has a simple quick release mechanism …

Started at Katahdin, Now I’m Here (Hanover)

So Sorry! My Phone was on Airplane Mode For six weeks? No fucking way. I mean, it wasn’t, but it sort of was. In any case, I personally have been on airplane mode, or maybe it would be better called trekking pole mode, for the last six weeks. Show More Summary

Out of the Frying Pan and Into Maine

What's the Maine idea? Only 250 miles of the North reMaine-ing! Figured I'd do some blog Maine-tenance. Ok, ok, I think you get it....we've made it into Maine! The last few weeks have brought us through the rest of New Hampshire's White Mountains and Presidential Range, and into the last northern state. The post Out of the Frying Pan and Into Maine appeared first on The Trek.

I’m Finished…

12 Aug 2017 Mileage Total AT Miles: 773.44 miles Today’s Miles: 13.1 miles Time: 11.5 hours Speed: 1.13 mph You Know When You Know When it was time to retire from the Air Force, everyone used to say “You know when you know!”. And how this rang true for me after 26 years. Show More Summary

Initial Impressions of the Lightheart Duo Tent

I just bought a Lightheart Gear Duo tent, got it in the mail yesterday and set it up in my backyard for the first time this morning.  Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s site for reference: What...Show More Summary

The Aftermath

As we try to readjust to our lives after the trail, we reflect back on our journey and the last day of our hike. The post The Aftermath appeared first on The Trek.

PCT statistics 2016

381 completed surveys HIKER DEMOGRAPHICS. SEX | 67% Male, 33% Female AGE | 2% ?

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The REI Flash 45 (2017) is a lightweight backpack with an adjustable, ventilated frame that’s perfect for weekend backpacking trips or more technical day hikes. Weighing just 2 lbs 14 oz in a size L, it’s a surprisingly comfortable and functional backpack capable of carrying 25-30 pound loads. If you’re in the market for a …

Ultralight Tent and Shelter Guide

Ultralight backpacking tents and shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but each type has advantages and disadvantages for different camping conditions. It’s best to understand these before you waste money on a tent or shelter that doesn’t suit your needs or comfort preferences. There are six basic types of ultralight  tents and shelters: Double-Walled …

3MPH: Why We’re Filming A Documentary on the CDT

We have the opportunity to show an audience a trail that has no bounds. Everything is higher risk here. But we don’t want to just show this trail. And that’s something people will see in the movie. My goal is to show people that there’s a whole world out there. Show More Summary

Secretary Zinke, Stand Up for Public Lands

On August 24, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will reveal which national monuments he’ll recommend to reduce in size or abolish. … Last week, the national hunting advocacy group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers launched a new television ad that’s … Continue reading ?

Bushwhacking Howe Peak

Howe Peak (2966?) is a New Hampshire 200 Highest Mountain in the Wild River Wilderness, near Shelburne Moriah Mountain. It’s a trail-less peak, so the only way to get to the summit is to use your navigation wits and brawn to bushwhack to the top. More brawn was needed on this one than I expected, …

More Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons

Hard learned winter backpacking lessons The post More Hard Learned Backpacking Lessons appeared first on The Trek.

Mile 1446.6 – Mile 1565.8

Mile 1458.4 Kirsten and I started hiking around noon today. We had a few errands in the morning to take care of and it was nice to have a little extra time with my Mom. We passed the darling little Appalachian Trail train stop for Metro North. Show More Summary

Warbonnet Outdoors Minifly Tarp Review

Warbonnet Outdoors has quite a large selection of hammock tarps, enough to suit anyone’s preferences. They recently launched another tarp called the Minifly, a 132? x 91? hex-style tarp with “short” doors that weighs 11.75 oz (2000mm, 20D silpoly). It’s basically a stripped down and lighter weight version of their full size 132? x 120? …

Why The Appalachian Trail? Why Now?

Why The Appalachian Trail? Why Now? I’ve been asked this question a few times as word has trickled around to friends and family that I’m planning to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Here is my official, meandering answer: Ever have...Show More Summary

Facebook Page: Hiking Northern California with John Soares

I just launched a Facebook page where I highlight details of hiking trails in Northern California and important tips, updates, and news items. Like Hiking Northern California with John Soares Here’s the link: Hiking Northern California with John Soares Want to See All the Updates? First “Like” the page. Show More Summary

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