Thru-hike

Gear

A Thru-Hiker’s Ode to the Closed Cell Sleeping Pad

In the world of thru-hiking, the lightweight, ultra-reliable and indestructible closed cell camping sleeping pad is hard to beat. We caught up with three thru-hikers that swear by the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite and Z Seat to learn more about their…

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Tips

Lightweight Hiking Gear: 5 Thru Hike Essentials

With thru hiker season upon us for the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, everyone is wondering about cutting pack weight. Most seasoned thru-hikers have their packing lists dialed and first-time long-distance hikers learn as they…

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Mentally Preparing For A Thru Hike

What are you subjecting yourself to when you decide to go on a thru-hike? The positives are fleeting and the negatives are slow to disappear. Despite some people’s rosy, glorious, and admirable view of thru-hiking, it is not all rainbows…

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tent setup with Thermarest Space Cowboy sleeping bags

Stories

Trail Home: Creating Home on a Thru Hike

While thru-hiking a trail your home becomes transient. Learn how to find stability in returning to it each night. We found our speck of familiarity along a vast, unfamiliar trail. So, go out and explore. Wander freely.

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Tips

Why I Don’t Stress About Safety In The Woods

Adventure and risk can be two sides of the same coin. The outdoors is not always a “safe place”. It is, however, a good place. It’s wild. Untamed. Free. For these reasons, we lace up our boots, tighten our pack and take the trail. Still, in a distant part of our brain, is the fear.

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