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Going With the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Going With the Flow: How to Tackle River Crossings Safely

Fast flowing rivers are among the most dangerous hazards that hikers regularly negotiate in the backcountry. This post outlines the tactics and techniques to more safely cross swollen creeks and...

Jan 20, 2020 : Zacc Larkin
Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

Southbounding the PCT Part II: Setting Off

For Part Two, I asked fellow SOBOs their start and finish dates, what they liked about the schedule, and what about it was difficult. To close it out, we touch...

Jan 15, 2020 : Righteous
Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Limited Time Outdoors

A few years ago I was living in Southern California. Winter, even in that mellow climate, had a tendency to keep me inside. The short days, chillier winter temperatures, and...

Jan 14, 2020 : Mike Tyler
Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

Southbounding the PCT Part I: Who, How, and Why

"Oh, you're going the opposite way!" O RLY? I can't tell you how much this phrase began to grate on my nerves over the 2,650-mile trip from Canada to Mexico....

Jan 8, 2020 : Righteous
Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Why Thru-Hike Preparation Requires More than Single-Day Peak Bagging

Looking to crush your first thru-hike? Preparing can be a daunting task, and definitely requires more than a handful of one or two day summit hikes!

Jan 7, 2020 : Katie Kommer
How to Get to the PCT Southern Terminus

How to Get to the PCT Southern Terminus

Getting to the PCT Southern Terminus from San Diego is not hard to do, either by public transit or by using established trail angels in the San Diego area.

Dec 29, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
16 Things 2020 Thru-Hikers Need to Know

16 Things 2020 Thru-Hikers Need to Know

It’s that time of year again! Hikers around the globe are crossing the last pieces of gear off their list, finalizing mail drops, and making plans to head toward the...

Dec 23, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Things 2020 PCT Hikers Should Know II: Section Breakdown and Trail Resources

Things 2020 PCT Hikers Should Know II: Section Breakdown and Trail Resources

In the first section of "Things 2020 PCT Hikers Should Know" we broke down the basics about gear, permits, and terminus navigation. But believe it or not, there's still a...

Dec 12, 2019 : Alexandria Cremer
What 2020 PCT Hikers Need to Know I: Gear, Permits, and Getting to the Terminus

What 2020 PCT Hikers Need to Know I: Gear, Permits, and Getting to the Terminus

Being a 2020 PCT hiker means you're going to have to do some research. There are plenty of questions you'll spend hours thinking about before you ever take your first...

Dec 9, 2019 : Alexandria Cremer
10 Things 2020 CDT Hikers Need to Know

10 Things 2020 CDT Hikers Need to Know

Planning a CDT thru-hike this year? Don't know where to begin? Start here! We'll cover the basics, from getting to and from the trail, what type of navigation to use,...

Dec 5, 2019 : Megan McGowan