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Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

Where to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail 2019

We'll be the first ones to say it: with few exceptions, it's not really necessary to send mail drops on the Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers have the option of hiking through...

Apr 17, 2019 : Maggie Slepian
How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

Before you buy a backpack for your PCT thru-hike, get a reasonable idea of what your pack weight will be (all your gear, food, and water). Most backpack companies state...

Apr 4, 2019 : The Editors
How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

How to Prevent and Treat 7 Common Thru-Hiking Foot Problems

Have you ever noticed that thru-hikers have an awful lot in common with zombies? Both are prone to shuffling glassy-eyed through the woods at strange hours. Both have large appetites

Apr 3, 2019 : Kelly Floro
The Basics of Planning a CDT Thru-Hike

The Basics of Planning a CDT Thru-Hike

Planning a thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail? The CDT is an underrated gem of a trail. There’s a lot I think you should know, so for this first part,...

Mar 30, 2019 : Effie Drew
Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking: Shoulder Season and Summer Clothing

Beginner’s Guide to Day Hiking: Shoulder Season and Summer Clothing

In the last Baleaf Women's 8" Shorts  Lucy Dream On Muscle Tank (no longer available) Prana Capri Leggings  EMS Techwick T-Shirt Injinji Run Midweight Socks I carry a lot of my...

Mar 28, 2019 : Socked In
How to Get to the CDT Southern Terminus

How to Get to the CDT Southern Terminus

Starting the CDT can be a little more complicated than the PCT or the AT, starting with the fact that there are actually three potential starting points.  Generally speaking, though,...

Mar 27, 2019 : Megan McGowan
The Inside Dirt on Vermont’s Mud Season

The Inside Dirt on Vermont’s Mud Season

The following is a guest post courtesy of Kristin McLane from the Green Mountain Club Vermont. Frequently known on the Appalachian Trail as “Vermud.” Both the Long Trail, which runs 272...

Mar 26, 2019 : Guest Post
What You Need to Know About Thru-Hiking with a Dog

What You Need to Know About Thru-Hiking with a Dog

While it's not uncommon for hikers to take a little bit of home with them on the trail one way or another, some take it a step further and bring...

Mar 25, 2019 : Rachel S
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

This is the first in a series of posts called "Wisdom from the (Recent) Past" (inspired by a Mackenzie “Wilt” Wieder | March 22nd - September 10th, NOBO "...I miss...

Mar 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Avoid Hypothermia on the Trail

It’s just before dawn, and the mountains all around you are tranquil. You can tell it’s going to be a glorious morning, and you feel the call of a new...

Mar 21, 2019 : Kelly Floro