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May 1, 2018

How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

Woman on the Pacific Crest Trail

For many backpackers, the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) looms majestically before them, at the apex of their life list. If you’re contemplating this adventure, then you already know that some serious planning is in order. One of the most important—and often overlooked—aspects of getting ready for a PCT thru-hike is the decidedly unglamorous task […]

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April 30, 2018

10 Top Hikes Near Asheville

Great Smoky Mountains

Scenic vistas, stunning waterfalls, dramatic peaks, rolling hills and spring wildflowers are a few of the highlights visitors can expect when hiking near Asheville. From easy-going hikes along streams to awe-inspiring summits to challenging backpacking adventures, Asheville has something for everyone. A wide variety of day hikes and backpacking trips can be found in the […]

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April 30, 2018

10 Top Hikes Near Asheville

Great Smoky Mountains

Scenic vistas, stunning waterfalls, dramatic peaks, rolling hills and spring wildflowers are a few of the highlights visitors can expect when hiking near Asheville. From easy-going hikes along streams to awe-inspiring summits to challenging backpacking adventures, Asheville has something for everyone. A wide variety of day hikes and backpacking trips can be found in the […]

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April 27, 2018

What Does It Take to Set a Fastest Known Time?

Jennifer Pharr Davis became the first woman to set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on a more than 2,000-mile-long trail when, in 2011, she bested the men’s record for the approximately 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, adding to her list of FKTs. Pharr Davis reflects on speed in her new book, The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the […]

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April 26, 2018

5 Hikes That Offer Solitude in Iconic Destinations

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National parks are wildly popular: In 2017, people traveled outside with nearly 331 million visits to national parks, monuments, and historic and cultural sites maintained by the National Park Service.  This isn’t a revelation to any hiker who’s spent enough time outdoors to get a sunburn in recent years. Head to the nation’s most popular national […]

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April 24, 2018

Everything You Need for Your First Backpacking Trip

Backpacking for the first time can feel daunting. What tent should you get? How many pairs of socks should you bring? Which water filter is the best for the job? We have quite a bit of backpacking experience, and thought we should tell you what we’ve learned the hard way. We know that gearing up […]

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April 20, 2018

Best Idaho Hikes Near Breweries

Perrine Bridge, Twin Falls, ID

On the hunt for the best Idaho hikes near breweries? Home to more than 50 craft breweries, the Gem State is a treasure trove of high-caliber craft beer. And where the beer flows, the trails beckon. Peer out over lakes Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene. Wind your way beneath evergreens on the Stack Rock Trail […]

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April 19, 2018

Backpacking Recipe: Dehydrated Risotto with Spring Vegetables

backpacking meal

Risotto is one of our favorite comfort meals. It’s rich, creamy, and adaptable to any season. While we can have it any time of the year, spring is when we crave it most. It’s still kind of chilly out, so we want something that’s going to be filling and hearty. But at the same time, […]

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April 16, 2018

The Best Rain Jackets of 2018

It’s hard to live a life outside without encountering rain. That’s why a good rain jacket (or two) is an important part of every outdoorsperson’s closet. To pick the right jacket you’ll want to make sure it is seam sealed with a waterproof and breathable fabric,and a quality hood. But the rest is up to […]

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