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Why I should not hike the Appalachian Trail

All the personal reasons why I should not do the Appalachian Trail, but also why I am still so stubborn that I am still going in 2018 :) The post Why I should not hike the Appalachian Trail appeared first on The Trek.

Ultralight Meal Planning With Friends and Lessons Learned

I recently completed the incredibly beautiful 71-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass (Section J) in Washington State with a friend from work. Although we’re both experienced backpackers and chat frequently about our adventures, we had never hiked together. Show More Summary

AT Brief: On My Own (Finally!)

Let’s Chat I love chatting. Any money I’ve ever earned has been a direct result of chatting, be it about food, wine, English or Global History. Hundreds upon hundreds of hours of my life, beginning at age three and continuing to theShow More Summary

I Walked 1,000 Miles: An Open Letter To The Proclaimers

Dear Charlie and Craig, In March 2017 I set out to hike as much of the Appalachian Trail as I possibly could. I quickly realized this meant accomplishing something you two so fervently and popularly sing about: walking 1,000 miles. In...Show More Summary

Mile 1891.8 – Mile 2075.3

Mile 1905.8 Today was pretty rough. I left the hostel in the rain and the rain didn’t stop all day. The boards that go over the bogs are getting worse. I wonder if this Northern NH section just isn’t cared for as much since it’s not part of The Whites. Show More Summary

NOT the best of The Bruce – Hamilton waterfalls

9 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

trip report by best hike editor Rick McCharles I parked at Felker Falls trailhead based on a recommendation posted on the official Bruce Trail website. Felker’s to Albion Falls promised 4 waterfalls over 10.3 km return. Though Felker’s Falls was … Continue reading ?

hiking Mt Assiniboine, Canada

11 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles One of our top 10 hikes in the world is Sunshine to Mt Assiniboine in the Canadian Rockies. Nine of us made it to the top of Nub peak for the solar eclipse. Our … Continue reading ?

We made it to here!

2,650.10 miles under our belts, Pacific Crest Trail you've been hiked! The post We made it to here! appeared first on The Trek.

How to Speed Up Esbit Cube Cooking

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Esbit cubes are solid fuel cubes used for cooking backpacking meals. Weighing just 0.5 ounces (14 g) each, they’re ultralight, you don’t need a container to carry them like an isobutane gas canister or alcohol bottle, and you can even...Show More Summary

What Sticks with Me from this Journey (September 18)

This trip lasted five months, but I feel as if the trip was a small lifetime, so full of new sights, friendships, and adventures.  What a rich experience!  These are some of the things that stick with me from my time on the Appalachian...Show More Summary

How to Become an Outdoor Writer: My Take

I founded this website 12 years ago {yes, seriously!}, and in that time, I’ve noticed something: the questions I… The post How to Become an Outdoor Writer: My Take appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

Tips for Protecting Your Skin from the Sun While Hiking

On a crisp, cool morning, watching the first rays of sun cascade down the mountain and then feeling the warm rays hit your cold skin is one of the most enjoyable things about hiking in the great outdoors. The sun warms you up, boosts your spirits and gives you direction. Show More Summary

Three Reasons I’m Thru-Hiking the AT

Hi everyone. Soon enough I’ll be babbling on semi-incoherently about gear, and likely a year from now you’ll all be sick to death of reading my posts. But for the time being, I figured I’d introduce myself and try to answer that question everyone asks: why am I thru-hiking the AT? I’m 35. Show More Summary

Congratulations to these Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/18/17)

It’s that time of year again! Congratulations! Thru-hikers from all over are crossing the finish line. Whether you are a NOBO summiting Katahdin, a SOBO on your way to Springer, or wherever you end as a flip-flopper—we want to see your...Show More Summary

Vlog – The Whites

You’re a Thru Hiker. You’ve climbed countless mountains. You’ve faced blizzards in Georgia, massive thunderstorms in the Smokies, heat that makes you feel like your eyes will melt down your face and bugs that make you want to cast yourself...Show More Summary

Irma Affects Home, Crossing Into New Hampshire, Mile 1800

Pictured: Killington’s Thundering Falls   Trail Magic x 10 I’ve crossed into New Hampshire but not before seeing some of the most abundant trail magic sections ever. As #LASTOFTHENOBOS, I figured everyone would have packed up and headed home. Show More Summary

Maah Daah Hey trail system, North Dakota

I’d not heard of Maah Daah until recently. It was designated a National Recreation Trail in December 2016. The Trail winds through the Little Missouri National Grasslands in North Dakota‘s Badlands.  This North Dakota Bike Trail Is Stunning. Just Hope You Survive It. The Maah Daah Hey … Continue reading ?

Backpacking a Pemigewasset Loop

A Pemigewasset Loop is a 31 mile loop hike in New Hampshire’s White Mountains that follows the ridgeline encircling the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The route climbs 8 four thousand footers with 9000 feet of elevation gain and has long stretches of above-treeline travel. Show More Summary

Bringing Leave No Trace to Life Off-Trail

On trail, we follow Leave No Trace practices every day. Since Katahdin, I've thought more about how these principles can apply to my off-trail life as well. The post Bringing Leave No Trace to Life Off-Trail appeared first on The Tr...

Heartbroken, but Determined and Hopeful

I apologize for my long hiatus from blogging.  I am still alive!  I have not written a post because I simply have not known what to write.  I am still at home and have been seeing a chiropractor twice a week.   I still don’t really know...Show More Summary

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