Deep in the Third 500, and the Trail Has a New Feel

Deep in the Third 500, and the Trail Has a New Feel

A 2,000-meter rowing race is broken into four quarters, each 500 meters in length. The first 500 meters are sharp and quick. From a dead stop, the rowing shell levitates...

Aug 16, 2018 : Rebecca Burns
The Thru-Hike Was Hard, But not Hiking Is Harder

The Thru-Hike Was Hard, But not Hiking Is Harder

The following is a guest post by Carolyn Walker I finished my NOBO thru-hike a week ago today. It took 5½ months, which is very average, according to a chart...

Aug 15, 2018 : Guest Post
We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

When asked about their first overnight trip, your average outdoor enthusiast may describe a perfect weekend spent ogling dramatic landscapes and sleeping under starry skies. But what they may be

Aug 15, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Big Rocks, Large Rocks, Ginormous Rocks

Big Rocks, Large Rocks, Ginormous Rocks

After 1,800 miles you'd think we'd have this thing figured out, but the Appalachian Trail is fighting back, right as the finish line starts to loom. What counts as the...

Aug 14, 2018 : Sian and Dave
Best Day, Weekend, and Long-Distance Hikes in Wyoming and Utah

Best Day, Weekend, and Long-Distance Hikes in Wyoming and Utah

Spending time in nature is one of the best antidotes to Western society's fast-paced, consumer-driven world. Whether you're looking to spend a couple of hours or a couple of months...

Aug 14, 2018 : Anne K. Baker
Bunionettes: A Lesser-Known Chronic Injury

Bunionettes: A Lesser-Known Chronic Injury

Feet are the workhorses of any long-distance undertaking. They do the lion's share of the work and take the most damage of any body part. They get cold, wet, and...

Aug 14, 2018 : Brandon Chase
The Times I Almost Quit but Didn’t

The Times I Almost Quit but Didn’t

The beginning was easy. It’s new, it’s exciting, it’s a novelty. There are times you have to work out different ways to use gear and how to hike, yet this...

Aug 13, 2018 : Jenna Petersen
Gear Review: Oboz Campster Sandal

Gear Review: Oboz Campster Sandal

I'm surprised no one had ramped up the outdoors cred of the omnipresent foam clogs until now, but I'm glad Oboz jumped on it. This Montana-based company has crushed it...

Aug 13, 2018 : Maggie Slepian
Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Aug. 6)

Congrats to These 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Aug. 6)

It's officially August and summit season is underway. A huge round of applause for these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers! Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to

Aug 13, 2018 : Becky Booroojian
How to Survive Your Partner Thru-Hiking While Supporting Them From Home

How to Survive Your Partner Thru-Hiking While Supporting Them From Home

The following is a guest post by Gillian Kelly When my husband decided to quit his job and thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, I was a jumble of mixed feelings. Fully...

Aug 13, 2018 : Guest Post