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Following Your Primal instinct

I’m laying on rock and crude dirt somewhere in the high desert of Montana. My top turns brown from the fine soil beneath me. I do that often. Sprawl out on the ground and embrace the filth that comes from organic dirt and grime, that is. Sometimes it will find its way into my......

How to Hike the Appalachian Trail

6 hours agoFitness / Hiking : BestHike.com

Nick Stoyanov posted an overview on Backpacker Verse: … Altogether, the Appalachian Trail is about 2,200 miles (or 3,500 kilometers). … it passes through 14 states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, … Continue reading ?

This Week’s Top Instagram Photos from the #AppalachianTrail

Ready for more of that sweet instagramy goodness to beam straight into your eyeballs? If you’re sad you’re not out on the trail today just sit back and join the rest of the Internet as we live vicariously through our hiker trash brethren. We peruse all of the wonderful pictures from Instagram with the hashtag #AppalachianTrail and......

The Quest of Pamola

You have to admit, Pamola is a badass looking dude.  Well, god actually.  As the Penobscot stories go, Pamola is a god of thunder and protector of the Greatest Mountain, aka Katahdin.  That’s where he lives and no one comes into his house without paying the price.  He is described as having the head of...

Flying over Iceland

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. As exciting as that looks, first take a reality check – click over to the Across Iceland Journal Day 5. (via tywkiwdbi)

Colorado Winter Wonderland

‘Tis the season! In addition to eating more food than humanely possible, Dave and I relished this thanksgiving with a 17-mile backpack trek to Conundrum Creek hot springs. Yes, it’s the end of November, and no, I haven’t lost my mind. But I am a big believer in HYOH (Hike Your Own Hike), so into......

?2016 Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! Time to stress and worry about what to get the person on your list who has it all, is constantly out and about camping, hiking, backpacking etc. Never fear Hiking Forward is here once again to offer some suggestions for gear items for that special outdoor person, family or even four legged outdoor nut. Show More Summary

Take an Epic Adventure! Join the 2017 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

2 days agoFitness / Hiking : SoCal Hiker

Registration for the 2017 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge is now open! We’ve extended early bird pricing through January 31st, and thanks to your feedback, made great improvements for our third annual challenge. What is the Six-Pack of Peaks...Show More Summary

Moat Mountain Traverse

The forecast was grim. Rain showers were expected all day for our traverse of the Moat Mountain Range, a series of three ledgy peaks near Mount Washington. The Moat Mountain Traverse is a classic New England hike, much of it above treeline, with great views of Mount Chocorua, the Green Hills, and the Mountains in …            

The Spirit of the Holidays: Let’s Help Pine Ridge

Longtime readers may remember reading about Pine Ridge a few times over the past couple of years. This holiday season… The post The Spirit of the Holidays: Let’s Help Pine Ridge appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

Failure: Get Bitter or Get Better

This is going to be a tough post for me to write, because there is something I have been very bitter about for a few months…I’ll explain. I cannot think of anything in the world I despise more than failure. While failing doesn’t feel good for anyone, there is something in me that especially hates......

 Just What I Needed

I have always loved rainy days. There’s just something about the sound of raindrops hitting the windowpane that invites me to cuddle up with a hot beverage and a good book. If I wake up at a hostel and it’s raining there is a very likely chance that I will be staying there another night....

Our 2016 Backpacker’s Holiday Gift Guide: Under $200

The gift perusing continues, with a slightly higher price point. Here are our writer’s top picks for backpacking gifts in the middle price range. Good luck wrapping a pair of trekking poles…. if you figure out how to do it, please send us a message with detailed instructions. We won’t judge if you buy one, two, or all......

Getting Through The Winter

When I lay still at night I can hear it. The small quiet voice inside of me. It’s whispering, but if I sit still, I can hear it. During the day, the voice gets drowned out. By bills and noise and traffic lights. Every time someone asks me about what is going on in my......

Are Paper Trail Guides Obsolete?

I want to make a confession, I used to obsessively look at my trusty trailguide all the time.  Looking for water, camping spots, shelters…I don’t do that any more. Now I look at my phone instead. Guthook’s AT Hiking Guide is the bomb. On my recent section hike from Marion to Springer, I sometimes felt......

How to Survive Your First Day on the PCT

The first step of any journey is the hardest. How to survive your first day on the Pacific Crest Trail. ...

Once more into the unknown…

Once more it seems I am heading off in to the unknown and people I care about are concerned. Last time I left from Harpers Ferry to do what I thought was going to be my flip flop thru hike of 2015 it was the fact I hadn’t done anything like this before that concerned......

Expedition Alaska – Adventure Race

Comprised of the world’s best endurance athletes, 20 teams race through pristine wilderness using a map and compass for over 350 miles. This series features stunning scenery of racers ocean kayaking, whitewater rafting, glacier trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking … Continue reading ?

The Trail Magic Dollmaker: Arlette Laan’s Fiber Arts

Arlette Laan or ‘Apple Pie’ as she’s known in New Hampshire’s close-knit White Mountain hiking community, is one of the region’s most accomplished hikers. A triple crown hiker who’s completed the AT, CDT, and PCT, among other long trails,...Show More Summary

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