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April 2, 2020
What is the Thru Hiking Triple Crown (AT, PCT, CDT)?

For most of us, going for a hike means a day trip to a local mountain for a lovely journey in the wilderness.  A more serious outing for a few days would qualify as backpacking. There is an ultimate hybrid of these two activities known as thru-hiking, which refers to successfully hiking one of several […]

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March 27, 2020
How Thru Hiking Changes You (Mental, Physical, Lifestyle)

Hiking can be an enlightening and often life-altering hobby. Many people worldwide chose to hike, not only for the physical benefits but for the mental and emotional benefits. How thru hiking changes you? Hiking is an aerobic activity that can improve cardiovascular health, build endurance and lean muscle mass. Taking time out in nature is […]

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March 16, 2020
Sleeping Better: Backpacking Quilt vs Sleeping Bag

If you’ve done any kind of backpacking, you’ve probably heard of a backpacking quilt. They’re becoming very popular. You may be wondering how a backpacking quilt stacks up against the standard sleeping bag – especially when it comes to ultralight backpacking. What is the difference between a backpacking quilt and a sleeping bag? If you’re […]

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March 10, 2020
Why Get Thru-Hike Health Insurance?

Making sure that you maintain your health on the trail is the most important thing you should do when out there. If you lose your health and don't have coverage you may be saddled with immense debts that will far outlast the trail!

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March 2, 2020
What to Know Before Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Thousands of people set out each year to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. At more than 2,100 miles, the trail runs from central Maine to northern Georgia. The vast majority of backpackers who start a thru-hike never finish. The average hiker that does takes between 5 and 7 months to complete their journey. […]

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February 16, 2020
What Does Cowboy Camping Mean in Backpacking?

Enjoying the night is an amazing experience and I have started a slow route to building my faith in weather by taking smaller trips where I stay out. This has allowed me to see the stars and listen to all the outside noises and really enjoy the outdoor experience.

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January 28, 2020
Caught in a Thunderstorm While Hiking? How To Survive Unscathed!

One item I keep reading about on longer hikes or backpacking trips is managing weather issues and concerns like a Thunderstorm. Since these are dangerous when out in an open area, since many hikes will leave you exposed, to enclosed canopy with lightening rod trees all around you. What to do when caught in a […]

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January 10, 2020
Is Merino Wool Itchy? What Makes it Favored by Hikers?

Merino wool is loved within the hiking and camping communities due to the amazing ability to stay warm even while wet! This leads many to want to purchase it but worried about the typical issues around wool clothing and that it can be itchy. Is Merino Wool Itchy? Merino wool tends to itch very little […]

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January 6, 2020
Are Hiking Poles Carry On Luggage? What's The Deal?

When you plan to backpack or hike and this requires a plane flight you may bring your hiking poles as carry on luggage. This means you intend to be able to carry your trekking poles on the airplane with you. What you may rudely find out is when they tell you that you are unable […]

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