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May 18, 2018

New Backcountry Trail Opens in Hickory Nut Gorge

Weed Patch Mountain Trail

Hickory Nut Gorge, which sits 45 minutes east of downtown Asheville, North Carolina is a 14-mile-long canyon known for its granite outcroppings and the placid waters of Lake Lure. A new multiuse trail near Hickory Nut Gorge will give hikers, climbers and mountain bikers access to some of the region's most dramatic backcountry. Weed Patch […]

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May 18, 2018

Ibiza: Come for the Party, Stay for the Hiking

Hikers near the Mediterranean

Located off of the eastern coast of Spain in the Balearic Islands, the island of Ibiza—also known as the Party Capital of the World—covers an area of 221.07 square miles, making it about half the size of Los Angeles. Its tallest peak, Sa Talaissa, stands at 1,558 feet. Despite its relatively small size, Ibiza is […]

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May 17, 2018

The History of the Backpack

This year marks our 80th anniversary. We’re celebrating by going back in time, to trace the history of the modern-day backpack, a history slightly older than we are. Humans have been carrying loads around on their backs since time immemorial. But it hasn’t always been easy. Years ago, hikers struggled under cumbersome, ill-fitting packs. This […]

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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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