Thru-Hiking

July 30, 2018

Meet 8 of the 2018 Southbound PCT Thru-Hikers

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a huge endeavor. It’s a physical feat, a wilderness challenge and an unparalleled life experience. Most people, to the tune of 50 hikers starting each day in peak season (April), begin from the Mexican border and hike north. But every year, a few brave souls decide to hike […]

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July 26, 2018

Group Thru-Hikes 210-mile Chicago Outerbelt Trail for the First Time

Chicago Thru-Hikers

If you were a bird soaring above Chicagoland, your eagle eyes might spot a thick, green band: the perimeter where metro fades to country. This is the “Outerbelt,” hikeable pathways that encircle the city. For years, a connected thru-trail lived only in the imaginations of outdoor enthusiasts who dreamed of being able to walk to […]

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May 24, 2018

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2018

Backpackers along the South Rim

A pack that comfortably fits your body’s specific shape and size can make all the difference between a joyful journey or a suffering slog in the backcountry.  There are two essential considerations in finding the right fit: Your torso length. A snug grip on your hips. Many packs come in multiple sizes, including gender- and […]

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May 22, 2018

The Joys of Section Hiking

Evolution Basin on the PCT

Many backpackers dream of spending weeks—or even months—on trail; the proliferation of Instagram eye candy, along with popular books and films like Wild, A Walk in the Woods and Mile … Mile & a Half, only amplifies that desire. But most folks can’t swing the time commitment required to thru-hike classics like the Pacific Crest […]

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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 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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February 22, 2018

Quiz: Should You Hike the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail?

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February 22, 2018

The Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail: Which Hike Is Right for You?

Comparing culture, gear, resupply and difficulty. Whether you’re deciding which footpath to tackle for a first thru-hike, you’ve hiked one trail and want to know how it stacks up to the other, or you just have a general curiosity, a fascination with comparing the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is common. Today, […]

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January 16, 2018

How to Pack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

Guts, gear and gnar: all you need for your packing list.   Holy cow, you’re amazing. You’ve decided to take on one of the most exciting adventures of a lifetime. But what now? How the heck do you pack everything you need for six months of your life? Don’t worry. I thru hiked the Pacific […]

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