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PCT Thru Hike – 4 Important Lessons

I was bright-eyed and under informed. Somehow, “planning” on the internet didn’t quite ready me for some of the struggles I faced. As it turns out, long days putting one foot in front of the other is a great opportunity for reflection.

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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Thru-Hike

Going on a long backpacking trip or your first thru-hike requires tips and knowledge for the trail ahead. Experienced thru hikers, Our Trailing Thought, gives us their list of seven things they wish they knew for their first thru hike.

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7 Secrets To Sanity On Long Hikes

Get the tips you need for long hikes as avid thru hikers share their self-care secrets for keeping your sanity on the trail.

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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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Stories Tips

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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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 SOL and Z Seat to learn more about their…

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Considering a long-distance hike with your dog?

My guide-dog, Tennille and I have trekked more than 6,000 miles together and have completed five thru-hikes throughout the United States. We’ve found that long-distance hiking is a very enjoyable experience if done correctly. But before you head out, there…

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Sleep System

Gear

Eric Hanson’s Jordan Trail Sleep System

Spending a month thru-hiking in the high desert means your gear will see a myriad of conditions, ranging from freezing desert nights to furious rains and inescapable heat. Eric knows the importance of a quality sleep system.

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