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Hiker Hobble: What is it and Why Does it Happen?

Hiker hobble is a phenomenon that most hiker’s experience as they put in miles on any long-distance trail. Though in most cases it will begin occurring more after the hiker has over 100 miles on their legs and it doesn’t always seem to ease up. If you’re considering thru-hiking, then you should know about hiker …

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Blazing the Way: Trail Markings a Thru-Hiker Should Know

For those who have made the decision to hike a long trail and assembled all their gear, you’ve taken the time to get mentally prepared and physically prepared, why would you want to bypass parts of the trail? This is why understanding trail markings like hiking blazes are important on a thru-hike and ensuring you …

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Trowel Use: Why Cat Holes Help LNT and Prevent Disease

Some people do not understand why they need a trowel when hiking. They do not know that cat holes are one of the most important aspects of LNT and preventing disease. Diseases, such as Giardia or Salmonella can be passed from human feces to other hikers by contact with the ground, shoes, hands, clothing, and …

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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike: How Long to Complete the Hike

Hiking the Appalachian Trail can be a tough journey. It’s 2,190 miles long and has an elevation change of over 500,000 feet. The trail extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Finding how long it takes to thru-hike is important to planning your necessary time off, finances, and many other things …

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Dry Camping on Trail: The Allure of Campsite Freedom

It’s a beautiful day and you’re out hiking on the beautiful trail, but you’re looking to start camp. Many times hikers will make camp right near a ready supply of water so they have water to eat dinner, breakfast, and sometimes coffee, so what is dry camping? While this has many alternate names for thru-hiking …

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