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Double Wall vs Single Wall Tents: Benefits and Drawbacks

Choosing between a single wall tent and a double wall is not easy, especially when you are planning your next thru-hike. There are many factors to consider so it can be difficult to know which option is best for you. We will discuss the benefits of each piece of gear so that you can make …

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Hiker Midnight: Taking A Break in the Darkness

Hikers in the dark are often met with a feeling of trepidation and fear because they can’t see what’s coming up ahead on the trail. However, hiker midnight also has many benefits: it creates opportunities to enjoy night sounds, experience night on the trail, allows hikers to bond at shelters, and get that all-needed, recuperative …

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What is a Shakedown Hike? (Gauging Gear & Prep)

For anyone looking to accomplish a thru-hike planning and prepping your gear and choosing which to keep with you and what can be left is vital to having an optimized backpack and is something everyone should focus on in the months leading to a thru-hike. Shakedown hikes represent the best opportunity to find the gear …

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AT Showers: Managing Your Filth Level While on the Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a challenge for anyone who takes it on, but managing your personal hygiene can be even more difficult. With so much time spent in close contact with other hikers, you’ll need to take care of yourself if you want to avoid developing odors that are far from pleasant. In this blog …

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AT Thru Hiker Guide: Managing Device Power on Trail

If you are a long-distance hiker on the Appalachian Trail, one of your main concerns will be how to keep all your electronic devices charged as you use them for multiple functions. The answer? Well, it depends on what kind of electronic device(s) you have and where along the entire trail you are at. We …

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Hiking the CDT: Does the Trail Require A Permit?

If you are looking to hike the continental divide trail, but aren’t sure if a permit is needed, we have all of the information for you. The Continental Divide Trail stretches from Mexico all the way up to Canada and covers roughly 3,100 miles. There is no long-distance permit for the CDT unlike the PCT. …

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