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Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag Review

The online retailer, Campsaver, has started to manufacture and sell their own branded men’s and women’s mummy bags and hoodless sleeping bags, including the Campsaver Ultralight 30 Down Sleeping Bag, filled with 850 fill power goose down. Priced at just $299.95, it’s an excellent value (see table below) relative to other sleeping bags with the […]            

Coco and Magnus — Days 108 through 111 — New Jersey, Bears, and Bullfrogs

6/23 Tuesday — Day 108 The quintessential day on the AT. It couldn’t have been planned better. We exited the strange lodging known as Pocono Inn and made our way for the fourth time to Village Farmer. A delicious breakfast sandwich and coffee and we were on our way back on the trail fully refreshed......

Unconventional Routes: Sort of Hiking from Damascus to Daleville

The last few weeks have been anything but conventional. I left off in Damascus (not) looking forward to a 21 mile slackpack the next day. That actually went really well. I hiked 21+ miles in 8 hours and followed up with drinks with friends at the Damascus brewery. What has transpired since, however, has been a......

Looking For A Great National Park Trip? Look Here

By Michael Lanza When I think about U.S. national parks, I remember hiking with my family to Yosemite Valley’s waterfalls. Seeing Yellowstone’s geysers both in summer (a great park trip with young kids) and cross-country skiing in winter. Sea kayaking … Continue reading ?

Stretch—Days 72 to 82

Starting June 24 Day 72: 25.4 mi (1084.8) After a morning of trail magic, the newly minted Heet Train pushed through miles fast in hopes of getting Italian food. There was no Italian food but instead food at the concession stand. It was still good. $12 food Day 73: 24.5 (1109.3) After a struggle through......

What’s Your Hammock Insulation System?

12 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Hammocks are a great alternative to camping on the ground in a tent. You don’t have to worry about finding flat and level ground to pitch a tent, you don’t have to worry about rain flooding your tent at night, or about nasty spiders and snakes crawling into bed with you. Show More Summary

Dear Maine…….

Dear Maine: I guess by now you realize I’m moving on. I think I need to see some other states. I hope you’re not too upset about the breakup. After all, it’s not you, it’s me. Check that. It’s you. It’s all you. I mean, come on Maine. You had me at Katahdin! I......

Welcome to Pennsylvania

The first day of Pennsylvania I was hit by the heaviest downpour yet. One of those rains with droplets like water balloons. I scrambled the next mile praying I hadn’t missed the sign for the shelter but it turned out unmissible. Quarry Gap Shelter was impeccably maintained, one of the nicer sites I’d come across,......

Outside In

It seems fitting that we publish our newest Campsite Correspondent Shona Marie’s post today.  She’s from the beautiful USA, and will surely be celebrating July 4th today.  Welcome Shona!  We’re grateful to have… Continue reading ?

Goodbye, Maine. Hello, New Hampshire!

Well, we did it. We completed our first state. And it was a biggie – 281 miles. I thought it would be good to reflect a little on Maine and on what I’ve learned so far. Maine, while it is awesomely beautiful is also incredibly difficult. To phrase it more colloquially, Maine is wicked......

How will I meet the AT this time?

Bard the Changeling wonders Nostalgia of New England will compare to how he hiked the section in 2010....

Dungeness Spit, Washington State

Dungeness Spit is a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) long sand spit jutting out from the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula in … Washington, USA, into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is the longest natural sand spit in the United States. … … Continue reading ?

Welcome our newest Campsite Correspondent!

We’re SUPER excited to introduce our newest correspondent, Shona Marie. Shona is living her wild heart journey, and is presently finishing up a degree while delving into yoga, meditating on the beach, and… Continue reading ?

Hiker Bribery

Once again I set up my trail magic station at Key’s Gap, not knowing if I will get a single hiker. But, once again, with help from my Rotary friends, we set up tables, readied our meat products, chilled the beer and other drinks, and waited. The AT fascinated my fellow Rotarians. I...

Mail Magic? Trail Magic in Virginia

July 1st, 2015 After a long day of chores – resupply, laundry, hittin’ up the Dollar General, feasting on rainbow trout and eggs at Uncle Buck’s Café, and going to the Caverns only to leave because of the $26 admission fee – Quiet Diet and I arrived at our last errand of the day on......

Hiking the Pennine Way – England

The Pennine Way is a 268 mile starting in the middle of England and heading north, along the Pennines, to just inside the Scottish border. On 17th June 2015 my son and I traveled Edale, a small village in Derbyshire; the location of the start point of the trail. Of course, in true British style,......

High Divide Loop (7 Lakes Basin)

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles I was en route to hike the Cape Alava to Rialto Beach “Shipwreck Coast” on the Olympic peninsula end of June. But when I dropped by the the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles … Continue reading ?

Gear Review: Tarptent Double Moment Tent

Three-Season Tent Tarptent Double Moment $349, 3 lbs. 4 oz. tarptent.com With a preference for backcountry tents that are lightweight and stable, I’m willing to sacrifice capacious living space and the convenience of freestanding models, and I’ve seen tunnel-style designs … Continue reading ?

Backpacking across Scotland with Philip Werner in the TGO Challenge by Martin Rye

This tale started with an invite to walk in the USA with Philip in the 100 Mile Wilderness – in return, I offered to walk with him in the UK on the The Great Outdoor Challenge in 2013. Plans hatched, routes plotted, kit packed, and the time came round to go. Grant Sible from Gossamer […]            

First Aid for First-Timers

First Aid for First Timers We’ve Come a Long Way Baby… Thankfully, we have come a long way throughout the past 50-60 years in what we now know as wilderness first aid. First aid really had it’s beginning in the battle fields as soldiers tended to their wounded comrades. Now days we are lucky to......

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