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Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

Trail Correspondents Episode #8 | Thru-Hiking Gear: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why (Group 1)

 Today's subject is the one in which people tend to spend the most time on. Of course, we refer to gear. We get an early look into our how...

May 21, 2019 : Zach
Some Thoughts on Thru-Hiking – The Second Time

Some Thoughts on Thru-Hiking – The Second Time

In less than a couple of months, I'm going to attempt a southbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It's not my first rodeo, neither in thru-hiking nor writing one...

May 14, 2019 : Becky Booroojian
Breaking Open and Breaking Up on the Pacific Crest Trail

Breaking Open and Breaking Up on the Pacific Crest Trail

“I think we should spend some time apart; I’m not actually sure I want to be with you anymore.” His words, cold and indifferent soaked my heart in dread and...

May 14, 2019 : Caro
Mountain Fire Closure is Lifted. Here’s What it Took to Repair this Section of the PCT

Mountain Fire Closure is Lifted. Here’s What it Took to Repair this Section of the PCT

If you’ve hiked the Pacific Crest Trail within the past five years, you probably remember having to detour around the fire closure above Idyllwild, California. Years before walking around fire

May 13, 2019 : Effie Drew
Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

Backpacker Radio 37 | Jenny & Scott Jurek on the Appalachian Trail Speed Record, Parenting, and What’s Next

In 2015, Scott Jurek was the most talked about person on the Appalachian Trail, even the hiking community at large.  As soon as the legendary ultrarunner announced that he was...

May 12, 2019 : Zach
Trail Correspondents Episode 7: Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 2)

Trail Correspondents Episode 7: Night Before the Trail + First Day on Trail (Group 2)

As you likely recall, in episode five, we got our first updates from the trail. Today we get our first trail update from our second group of hikers. More specifically,...

May 9, 2019 : Zach
Hiking the PCT in Memory of My Tree-Hugging, Mountain-Loving Father

Hiking the PCT in Memory of My Tree-Hugging, Mountain-Loving Father

Every thru-hiker has their reasons. Everyone has their own motivations for committing themselves to what some would consider a rather grueling endeavor-- walking through the woods, carrying your life

May 7, 2019 : Paige Wagar
Backpacker Radio #36 | Jon “Airborne” Schwarze on His PCT Yo-Yo

Backpacker Radio #36 | Jon “Airborne” Schwarze on His PCT Yo-Yo

In today's episode of Backpacker Radio, presented by The Trek, I am joined by Jon Schwarze, also known as Airborne.  Despite this being his first thru-hike, last year Airborne became...

May 3, 2019 : Zach
Thru-Hiking Inspired Tattoos: Pacific Crest Trail and Beyond (Part III)

Thru-Hiking Inspired Tattoos: Pacific Crest Trail and Beyond (Part III)

Some folks indulge in a celebratory meal or revel in the luxurious comforts of a restful vacation after completing a section or thru-hike, but the following hikers chose to permanently...

May 3, 2019 : Tide Walker
How to Choose Your Stove and Water Purification for the Pacific Crest Trail

How to Choose Your Stove and Water Purification for the Pacific Crest Trail

Aside from shelters and sleep systems on the PCT, you'll need to eat and drink. In this post, we'll cover stove and cookware choices, as well as water treatment options...

May 1, 2019 : The Editors