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The Snorelax: A Harrowing Account of Shelter Life on the AT

It was the middle of the night in the Fontana Hilton shelter and all were asleep until the snoring began. They were deep, resonant snores that rattled the whole shelter. Like a garbage truck condensing its load, the crackling symphony wove its way through our dreams. And then a deathly silence followed. The Snorelax had......

Gear Review: The 5 Best Backpacking Tents

By Michael Lanza Looking back on many of the backpacking tents I’ve tested and reviewed at this blog, I realized this: They’re all weird. But I mean that in a good way. That is, none resemble the kind of tent most … Continue reading...

Go Seek

6 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Kraig Becker: When I first started The Adventure Blog oh-so many years ago, one of my goals was to hopefully inspire others to get outside and seek adventures of their own. … Adventure Blog Click PLAY or watch it on … Continue readi...

The Joy of Esbit

11 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Backpacking stoves that use Esbit cubes as a fuel source are the simplest, lightest, and most reliable way to boil water or cook food on backpacking trips. There’s no extra container weight to carry with Esbit, like a white gas stove bottle or isobutane canister and you even ship Esbit via ground transportation (in the USA at least), making […]            

The Best Black Friday Deals for Hiking and Backpacking

Before you #OptOutside today, snag some mad deals.  We’ve rounded up the hottest specials across the web so you can upgrade your gear and then hop over to your nearest state park- for free. Tis the season to save.  And it’s always the season to adventure. 1) 30% Off Patagonia, 25% off Marmot, 25% off......

Upgrade your car camping bar to the next level with Stanley! #stanleyness

It is Wednesday and it is time to start thinking about the weekend camping trip. The lists have been started and some of the gear has been packed up. If you are like me I am typically in charge of bringing the spirits to the weekend. Normally it is thrown together in a box and […]

Northern New Hampshire

Here’s the next installment.  I’ve started back to work, so my free time has dried up some, but I am still working at getting caught up on my thru hike entries!  Thank you for your patience.  Enjoy! Day 138 – Garfield Ridge Shelter to Ethan Pond Campsite Miles: 14.5 I slept ok last night, even......

What Was I Thinking?

The fears and nerves associated with the decision to thru hike....

Sell Your Crap and Hike: A Rebellion Against Contemporary Society

As another Black Friday dawns on us we will see, once again, the images of people trampling over each other in a race to be the first to consume. Americans, like cattle, will herd themselves mindlessly through sprawling shopping centers. Consumerism in the United States is a never ending quest for “stuff”, for things we have......

Happy Thanksgiving

May your day be full of friends, family, joy, and merriment. Make sure to enjoy all that food, and remember to make sure to #OptOutside tomorrow and spend time with your family and friends outside.

Not Goodbye, but See Ya Later!

On the heels of my decision to leave Lake City, it seems appropriate to reflect on my introduction to it…which was pretty magical.  I met a lot of great people there, listened to good music, went on fun adventures, and made splendid memories that I’ll get to keep forever.  The truth is, however, that I’ve......

Giving Thanks For ‘The Best Idea We Ever Had’

By Michael Lanza From Lookout Point, along the North Rim Trail in Yellowstone National Park, you gaze down hundreds of feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, with its crumbling walls of golden, gray, and cream-colored rock and patches of evergreens … Continue reading ?

Follow Your Feet Patch

As a KEEN Canada ambassador I get to promote a company I love and they recently started a new campaign.  This year they decided to take a different approach to encourage their fans… Continue reading ?

Feeling Thankful on Thanksgiving Eve

Hi.  It’s Me, an Aspiring Thru Hiker. This is my very first blog post on Appalachian Trials.  I am very thankful to be able to share this part of my life with others on Appalachian Trials as I move toward my attempt at a Appalachian Trail thru hike.  I plan to start on February 25th......

Surviving A Year With The Itch

One year of serious planning, doubts, & fears. One year of reading gear reviews until I thought my eyes might bleed & a year of buying gear until I though my bank account was actively weeping. October of 2013 I watched countless people finish their hikes. I felt their joy as they stood so proud......

Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

Buying ultralight backpacking gifts is difficult if you’re not an ultralight backpacker yourself. So I’ve assembled this list of recommended UL gifts for you because I know they’d be welcomed by any backpacker you gift them to. Tarptent Protrail Trekking Pole Tent The Tarptent Protrail Trekking Pole Tent ($209) is a storm-worthy trekking pole tent […]            

Couldn’t Be More Thankful

Ahh here we go: Thanksgiving once again. This is easily one of my favorite holidays. In our commercial and egotistical world, I love the idea of spending time to reflect on either the needs of others, or the blessings that have given us such a wonderful and comfortable life. Whichever route you and your family......

Trekking Peru

An Overview of Peru’s Treks Peru is a trekking paradise, with liberal helpings of ancient Incan ruins to soaring snow capped peaks, this country has something new to offer even the most seasoned trekker.  Of course there is Machu Picchu which is rightly the jewel of Peru’s ruins, and for most the only trek they......

Gear Review: Hoka One One Speedgoat and Tor Ultra Hi

The Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi is part of their debut lineup of shoes that transition the brand from running into the world of hiking and backpacking. They offer a full-grain leather upper for durability, and an e-vent bootie for full waterproof protection. Specs and First Impressions The Tor Ultra Hi boots lace all the......

Scaring Sheep

I don't mean to scare them, I really don't. They simply frighten easily when some tall, long-haired, brightly colored human marches towards them, trying to act friendly by engaging in small talk. It just so happens that their favorite...Show More Summary

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