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Hiking Maligne Canyon

3 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

This 5-mile lollipop loop just east of Jasper Townsite takes you along the Maligne River and into the ever-narrowing Maligne Canyon — the deepest gorge in the Canadian Rockies. As the canyon progresses, the walls get taller and close in on the river, creating tumbling cascades and waterfalls through the slot-like canyon. Springs are abound…

How to Choose an Ultralight Tent or Shelter

A lot of SectionHiker readers contact me asking for advice about which ultralight shelter they should buy. These purchases are always driven by weight reduction desires, but often in the absence of any considerations about the environmental...Show More Summary

Ultralight Tent and Shelter Types

Ultralight Backpack Tents and Shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but each type has advantages and disadvantages for different camping conditions. It’s best to understand these before you waste money on a tent or shelter that doesn’t suit your needs or comfort preferences. Show More Summary

Cover to Cover – Backpacking the Light Way – Book Review

If you are looking for a very thorough guide to help you lighten your pack Backpacking the Light Way is a fantastic resource to have. I found it to be informative and very educational. It helped reinforce many of my packing and planning concepts as well had me thinking “the Light Way”. Show More Summary

Tenacious Tape for Hiking Gear Repair

Tenacious Tape is the bees knees for patching rips and burns in hard shells and insulated jackets, inflatable sleeping pads, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. I’ve used it many times since to repair the gear and clothing I like and want to keep using. Show More Summary

Ultralight Backpacking Stove Guide

Lightweight and ultralight backpackers have a lot of different options available when it comes to picking an ultralight backpacking and camping stove. Here are the pros and cons of using alcohol stoves, canister stoves, solid fuel stoves, wood stoves, and just going stoveless. Show More Summary

Great Hikes: Speckled Mountain via the Cold Brook Trail Ledges

14 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Speckled Mountain is a treeless summit in the Caribou Speckled Wilderness, the newest and easternmost Wilderness Area in the White Mountain National Forest. The site of an old firetower (the foundations are all that remain), it has wonderful views of the peaks in Evans Notch and southern Maine. You can even see Mt Washington on […]            

Trail Advice For A Newbie On The JMT

However, I have been able to get a little mountain fix by giving some trail advice to a friend who is just departing on the John Muir Trail (JMT). I wanted to share some of this Q&A with the Appalachian Trials community in the hopesShow More Summary

Trail update: Days 4-11

Our happenings on the trail, days 4-11....

AT Folklore Meets Reality

You hear all the folklore surrounding culture and the people who make up the Appalachian Trail. It’s not always true, but the magic and mystic about your experience on the AT will hold a hiker forever. I had heard stories about people having an “extended stay” (living) in the AT Shelters before, but never really......

Gear Review: Feathered Friends Lark UL 10

My biggest fear heading into a 330-mile stretch of the Colorado Trail beginning in mid-September was facing the cold temperatures (and threat of snow).  Although September is typically fairly temperate in the foothills, there is no such guarantee at 12,000 feet, which the Colorado Trail spends plenty of time at or above (including a 30+ consecutive mile stretch above......

Trail Update: Days 1 – 3

The happenings of days 1-3 on the trail....

Hiking Moraine Lake

A stunning area for autumn larch foliage, the easy trail around one shore of Moraine Lake is a must-hike for photographers and lovers of epic scenery in the summer as well. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures here, including kayaking in the aquamarine lake and longer backpacking treks into Consolation or Larch Valleys…

Success: just ahead. How success is defined amongst current thru-hikers.  

Last night, I was overhearing some fellow thru-hikers talk about the meaning of success in their hike. Quitting the trail is a very unsettling thought for me. With 1/4 of hikers actually submitting Katahdin, it’s safe to say that I know quite a few individuals who have called it quits on their thru-hike. Because I......

Hiking the Soldiers Loop

This beautiful loop through a quiet corner of Giant Forest offers a bit of park history, beautiful meadows, giant sequoias, and some phenomenal sunset viewing spots at Moro Rock and Hanging Rock. Set aside a cool June evening to get the best out of the hike so that you can enjoy the late evening views…

A Look Inside the Hardrock 100

There is nothing worse than the grating sound of an iPhone alarm at 3:30 in the morning. Fortunately, I… The post A Look Inside the Hardrock 100 appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

#AdventureMonday 7/25/2016

"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science." - Edwin Powell Hubble We would love to see your adventures and share them. Tag your images with #hikingthetrail and you might get a chance to get featured next week! The post #AdventureMonday 7/25/2016 appeared first on Hiking The Trail.

Supai Matkat Ultralight Packraft Review

The Supai Adventure Gear Matkat is an ultralight single chamber packraft designed for flatwater wilderness paddling. Weighing just 26.5 ounces, it rolls up quite compactly making it easy to carry inside a backpack. However, the Matkat is made with lightweight polyester that requires delicate handling. Show More Summary

Oboz Scapegoat Mid - Review

It's not everyday that I get to test a product that is featured in the annual Backpacker Magazine Gear Guide. Fortunate for me I was able to get my hands... and feet into a pair of the new Oboz Scapegoat Mids. As with all my Oboz, there is minimal if any break in time. Show More Summary

Questioning Pride and Eating Zebra Cakes

With Sundance several yards ahead of me, and Tarzan trailing close behind me, we climbed up Brushy Mountain, reaching the 600 mile mark of the Appalachian Trail. At the mountain’s top we found our fellow goons huddled together with some other unfamiliar hikers, bearing smilies and packing up a glass pipe of marijuana to toast......

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