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Let Me Introduce Myself

Let me introduce myself I think most people what to know why you want to be a thru-hiker and something about you. I know that I am curious about you. I imagine that I will get to know a great many of you and if we spend time hiking together...Show More Summary

TSL Snowshoes Symbioz Elite Snowshoes Review

TSL’s Symbioz Elite Snowshoes are designed for use in mountainous terrain with aggressive crampons and a heel lift for climbing steep and icy slopes. They have a large horizontal front crampon, good for digging into slopes, with 8 stainless-steel...Show More Summary

The Winter Trip to the Trip

The Road Trip This old goat left Washington DC for the last time and drove west on Interstate 66. That part of my life is now behind me. I called family and friends for the last time in a while as I turned south on Interstate 81. I shared...Show More Summary

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for Adventure Travelers 

‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year! Truly, I’m a Christmas junkie and this year is exceptionally special.… The post 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for Adventure Travelers  appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

Budget for Success on the Appalachian Trail

People need to know how much it’s going to cost to successfully plan a through hike.  This requires a budget. People frequently ask “how much does hiking the Appalachian Trail cost?” There is no one answer to this question.  People’s monthly expenses are so varied, people’s tastes and personal needs have a big impact on how they spend on the trail. Show More Summary

Two Cook’s Guide to Going Stoveless

When other hikers heard what we do in “real life” on the trail, everyone all reacted the same way: “I bet you have the best meals out here?!” For those that don’t know, we are cooks by trade – and very proud of it. Ironically enough, we are two cooks that got sick of cooking on the trail. Show More Summary

The Trails That Led Me Here: Part I

Over the summer, I spent almost every day off from work in the White Mountain National Forest. I was waiting for a hiking partner to want to go with me for about a month before I decided to solo hike. The fact that I had hiked in the past, grew up in Maine and wasn’t a complete idiot were the things I told myself prior to going. Show More Summary

So how much is this thing going to cost??

Money Money It’s not like I am embarking on this trek to run away from the real world…okay maybe I am. But you can only separate yourself so much. Right?? just kidding, I am running from nothing! hopefully, bears especially…sorry Ma ???? Unfortunately, going for a 6 month walk is not as easy as it sounds. Show More Summary

My Nemesis: Gravity

I fall. A lot. I fall so much the sensation is no longer unsettling; I’m familiar with the unnatural stretching of time accompanied by the extreme slow-motion “ohhhh nooooo, not again” in my mind. I fell twice last Monday. First thing...Show More Summary

Committing to Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I remember purposefully not hiking any part of the approach trail because I told myself, "I'm going to thru hike the Appalachian Trail(AT) one day and I want that time to be my first time." Now, a year later I am at the cross roads, do I commit to thru hiking the Appalachian Trail? The post Committing to Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail appeared first on The Trek.

Bar Mitts Cold Weather Pogies Review

Bar Mitts are cold weather pogies used by cyclists to keep their hands warm in cold weather. While they’re available for many different bar and shifter combinations, the straight bar version of Bar Mitts designed for mountain bikes can also be used as pogies for regular-handled trekking poles. Show More Summary

Dear PCT, Here I Come.

The PCT, the elephant in the room for most hikers on the west coast, of not the world. Take a journey with me onto the PCT and live vicariously through the highs and lows of the trek. So what are you waiting for? Jump on in! The post Dear PCT, Here I Come. appeared first on The Trek.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but fear will never stop me.

I start hiking in 100 days. The days seem to be slipping away and soon enough I will wake up and it will be March 22nd. I’ve mostly feel excitement about my thru-hike but, without a full-time job and with my gear research complete I have so much free- time that the fear has started to creep in. Show More Summary

Gear Lessons From a Hiker Who Never Learned Her Lesson

“The next time we’re in town, you’re getting a shakedown.” My concerned/exasperated hiking companions said this to me countless times throughout the spring and summer of 2017. At its heaviest, my pack would top out at around 42 lbs with a full re-supply. Show More Summary

Muir Song

… set to a quote by legendary conservationist John Muir, and narrated by infamous mountain climber, Lou Whittaker. Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. related – Sierra Club – John Muir Advertisements

Brynje Wool Thermo Mesh “Fishnet” Base Layers Review

Baselayer tops and bottoms are supposed to transport perspiration from your skin into your midlayer clothing so that you stay drier and warmer when you’re working hard in cold weather. That’s the theory behind layering. But how manyShow More Summary

Preparing for a Thru-Hike: Plan or Plan to Adapt?

The biggest difference between our preparation for the Appalachian Trail vs. the Pacific Crest Trail is the amount of planning. Before the A.T. I had planned out our daily mileage & each of our town visits. Within the first 3 days, our plan went down the drain. Show More Summary

PCT 2018: Cold Weather Gear Test (Suburban Style)

Cold Weather Challenge We have been fortunate to have some cold and clear weather here in Seattle, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to test out some of our cold weather gear.  The plan was simple: camp in the backyard as closely simulating camping in the Sierra as possible. Show More Summary

To Approach or Not to Approach: starting NOBO at Amicalola Falls

”Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” -Yoda to Anakin Skywalker Amicalola Falls.   The spiritual northbound start of the Appalachian Trail to some, the bane of the Trail’s existence to others.  The appetizer to a five star meal or the scourge of the Earth. Show More Summary

10 powerful wild edible plants and why they’re good for you

You’re lost in the wilderness. You ate your last cereal bar a while ago. You’re starting to feel hungry, well let’s call it what it is: you’re starving! You start to consider eating the first thing you could get your hands on, even wild edible plants! Okay, it looks like a pretty dramatic scenario. Show More Summary

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