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Zpacks Plex Solo Ultralight Tent Review

Zpacks Plex Solo Ultralight Tent Review

I’ll get right to it.  The Plex Solo is a brand new trekking pole tent released by the storied DCFmongers at Zpacks.  The name gives little away besides a suggestion...

Jan 13, 2022 : Owen Eigenbrot
The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags, Quilts, and Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we ask long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) about the sleeping systems they used on their 2021 Thru hike. This post will cover...

Jan 12, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
The Best Backpacks for Thru-Hiking of 2022

The Best Backpacks for Thru-Hiking of 2022

Your backpacking pack is one of the most important components of your backpacking setup. Your style of pack goes hand in hand with your style of hiking. They need to...

Jan 11, 2022 : The Editors
How to Hammock Camp the CDT: Gear, Advice, Section-Specific Tips

How to Hammock Camp the CDT: Gear, Advice, Section-Specific Tips

 Other hikers: “What do you do if the area you're in has no trees for a hammock?”  Hammock Campers: “Walk to somewhere with trees.” Secret hammock spot night two of...

Jan 10, 2022 : Chris Guynn
Goosefeet Gear Down Socks Review

Goosefeet Gear Down Socks Review

A backpacking Truth I've come to realize is that good sleep on the trail is extremely important. And this looks different for every hiker. It's all about striking a perfect...

Jan 7, 2022 : Carl Stanfield
The Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022

The Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022

Choosing a tent for your thru-hike is a big deal, but it's also probably the least stressful house shopping experience you'll have over the course of your lifetime. Enjoy it....

Jan 6, 2022 : The Editors
Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Shelters on the Appalachian Trail: 2021 Thru-Hiker Survey

Each year here at The Trek, we survey long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) on the shelter systems they use. In this post we’ll cover the trends from the...

Jan 5, 2022 : Joal and Jenny
Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review

Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review

It may not be one of backpacking's Big 3, but the down jacket is right up there as one of the most discussed pieces of gear. Who makes the warmest...

Jan 3, 2022 : Carl Stanfield
Nathan Tempo Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Shirt Review

Nathan Tempo Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Shirt Review

I was lucky to add the Nathan Tempo Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Shirt to my wardrobe this winter. As the weather’s been getting colder, this quarter-zip has become my go-to...

Dec 31, 2021 : Sarah Wolfson
I’ve Been a Thru-Hiker Since 2013: Here’s How Gear Has Changed

I’ve Been a Thru-Hiker Since 2013: Here’s How Gear Has Changed

When I graduated from college in 2013, I had no idea what I was doing with my life. But I did know that I wanted to hike as much of...

Dec 31, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell