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MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Canister Stove Review

MSR has a new and improved model of the original and iconic Pocket Rocket Canister Stove ($39.95) this year, called the Pocket Rocket 2 ($44.95), even though it doesn’t look much like its namesake. The biggest visible difference between the two stoves are the pot supports, which fold down and away more compactly along the stove stem (see below). …

When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, I will…

We don’t always get second chances in life, especially a second chance at an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It’s a monumental endeavor to attempt it just once. But twice? I can’t pass this up. To spare you the insanely boring details, in my last blog post I talked about where I went wrong with my hike and ways I would change it if I could do it again. Show More Summary

Dear Mom & Dad (7 Reasons I’m Sorry)

Dear Mom and Dad, Here’s to you! I couldn’t do this without you. Despite my (fleeting) moments of teenage angst and utter stubbornness, you know I’ve always been a pretty obedient kid. So, hey, congrats. You’ve raised an angel for a child. Show More Summary

Hikers, Hostels and Heroes: Spring Breakers in Trouble on Max Patch NC

On spring break, 8 students from Macalester College, St. Paul MN, headed down south to Hot Springs, NC, where they thought the weather would be warm, to go on a 35 mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail, from there to Davenport Gap. Show More Summary

How to avoid getting lost on the Appalachian Trail

It’s a beautiful day. You step off the trail for a snack or a pee break. When it’s time to return to the trail you can’t remember which way you came from. All the trees look the same and you don’t remember if you turned left or right...Show More Summary

Touched by Trail Angels

About a mile or two from Neel Gap, we ran into Forrest. Hippie prince of the Southern Appalachians Forrest first came into our lives the night we camped at Lance Creek. We were sitting halfway in the tent cooking dinner when a tall, slender young man of mixed race came striding towards us from the trail. Show More Summary

Ultralight Meal Preparation and Menu Planning

For those that have followed previous posts, you are aware that I set a goal of preparing homemade ultralight menus at 5000 kcal per 2 pounds of food for my upcoming PCT thru hike. I’m excited to share that I pulled it off! After experimenting...Show More Summary

Tales from the Trail: Hiker Videos Volume II

elcome to our second installment of Tales From the Trail, where we post straight-from-the-trail (or pre-trail…) video updates from our 2017 bloggers. This week we get a new crew of thru-hiker intros and the inspiration behind their hikes. Highlights...Show More Summary

My Thru-Hiking Vows

Why am I going on this hike? Why aren’t others? When Abby told me she was thinking about hiking the PCT last summer, my first reaction was that I wanted to do it, too, but there was no way that I could swing it. I was in the first few...Show More Summary

Where In The Prep?

After you’ve launched enough thru-hikes, friends and family stop asking for the scoop. No biggie! I appreciate that they’re all in the know and have confidence in my Pacific Crest Trail 2017 preparations. So perhaps more as a recordShow More Summary

Powders and Potions to Round Out a Pop-Tart Fueled Hike

Heads up, nutrition sticklers! I can’t believe I’ve only got five weeks to go before I get on the trail.  The time will both fly by and seem endless all at the same time, but I’m embracing the paradox! Next week I’m headed to Alabama...Show More Summary

My Hipster Gear List: Hiking on a Budget

When it comes to choosing gear, some folks take the ultralight route while others take the ultra-plush route. If you’re like me you pick whatever comes along, seems like it will work, and allows you to still be able to afford groceries for the month. Show More Summary

My Approach to Eating Healthier on the CDT

Hike, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. That’s really all it comes down to when Thru Hiking. Hike as far as you want to, stay fed and get enough rest to enable you to keep hiking day after day. In My first post on The Trek I talked about all the ways I’m starting to get ready for the CDT. Show More Summary

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“It’s The Deep Breath Before The Plunge.”

Gandalf’s words from Return of the King have never resonated so strongly in my head than they have in the past two weeks. The days count down, I look over my gear and begin to wonder to myself, “Have these nine months of preparationShow More Summary

Backpacking Lyme Disease Prevention

Some people think I’m cracked when it comes to the preventive measures I take to avoid tick bites and getting Lyme Disease. But I still haven’t contracted Lyme Disease after 5000 miles of hiking, backpacking, and off-trail hiking through prime tick habit on the Appalachian Trail, in the northeastern United States, or in Scotland, where herds of …

Anza-Borrego Superbloom 2017

You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it, you can’t escape it – the #superbloom. I had one night to squeeze in a trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park last week before a slew of work and family trips kicked in, and I can say without reservation that I’m extremely glad I pushed this into […] The post Anza-Borrego Superbloom 2017 appeared first on Modern Hiker.

Don't You Miss Breakfast on Trail?

You know, "Breakfast"! Like waffles on a Sunday morning or... Warm ooey gooey cinnamon buns on a Saturday morning? Wouldn't having those weekend comforts of home be amazing to have when on trail or while camping on the weekend? Well now you can. Show More Summary

Big Green Guide to Responsible Camping

Edward Dorian is a student of Outdoor Environment and Sustainability Education in the U.K. He put together some good reminders for us all. Check it out. The Seven Principles: Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Ground Leave … Continue reading ?

Let there be Blood (Mountain): My First Week on the Trail

What an adventure this trip has been so far! I feel like a day on the trail has been the equivalent of a week in the office. Since this is my first update, bear with me, I promise I’ll get better at blogging and storytelling!   I started March 14 at Amicalola Falls at 9:30 AM shivering with cold and anticipation. Show More Summary

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