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Time Off: How to Request Time to Hike the Appalachian Trail

For most aspiring thru-hikers, their biggest roadblock is managing their current employment. They want to know whether they should quit or if they can find a way to get a leave of absence and how to sell this to an employer as a benefit to the company. Today I wanted to dive into how to …

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AT Exploration: Why Thru-Hikers Love & Enjoy Shelters

For anyone looking to attempt a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, there is a huge benefit in consistent shelters along the trail. The Appalachian Trail boasts more than 250 backcountry shelters along its entire length from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Baxter State Park in Maine. These lean-to shelters provide a perfect place for the …

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Solar Power: Is It Suitable For Long Distance Backpacking

Are you considering using solar power for a backpacking trip? New hikers frequently mention that it should be a great way to stay powered up on the trail, but a few things to consider before deciding. This post will look at solar power for backpacking and weigh the pros and cons of using it on …

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Money Limitation: Quality Thru-Hiking Gear Kit on a Budget

When you are looking to build a budget thru-hike gear kit, you need to find the most performance possible for the best weight and size. I thought this was a fun way to learn and dig more into inexpensive and cheap backpacking gear while maximizing performance. To build a quality budget backpacking gear kit, you …

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Kula Cloth: Simple Guaranteed Feminine Hygiene On Trail

If you’ve ever hiked and needed a pee rag, you probably have heard about a Kula Cloth. But how does it work and how many times can you use one when on the trail? Read on to find out. A Kula Cloth is a reusable specifically designed for wiping yourself after you pee outside. It allows …

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Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Socks: How to Prepare for Your Trek

When thru-hiking, you will go through a lot of socks. How many pairs of socks you bring depends on how long your trip will be and how often you plan to change them for a clean pair, dry pair, or to wash them. For a long-distance trek, I recommend bringing at least three pairs – …

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Doing Business In the Woods: Managing TP and Poop Outdoors

For people looking to go backpacking in the woods and backcountry camping, it is important to know how to properly manage human waste. This includes both poop and toilet paper, so is it legal to poop in the woods? While not illegal in most backcountry areas there are rules to responsibly doing your business in …

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Hammock Sleeping Pad vs Underquilts: Which is Right for You?

There are two main types of warmth options available for hammock users, the traditional sleeping pad and the underquilt. As expected there are people in each camp who think that their option is the best choice. Today I will cover sleeping pads vs underquilts for hammocks and why each has benefits and drawbacks that may …

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Thru-hiking Changes Your Body: How It Impacts Muscle Loss

If you’re looking to hike the Appalachian Trail or any other thru-hiking trail, you might be wondering how hiking affects muscle growth. Many people think that they will lose all their strength and muscle if they go on a long hike, but this is not necessarily true so this begs the question of how to …

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