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Hey, I’m Josh

Over the years, I’ve been a lover of the outdoors and camping and hiking. In 2019, I found out about thru-hiking and have been addicted ever since. Unlike many of the 20-year-olds on YouTube, I have a busy life I can’t just drop to explore, my current plans include the Appalachian Trail in 2025 after my daughter graduates. Until then I am learning and going on shorter thru-hikes like the Lone Star, Foothills, Pinhoti, and maybe the Colorado Trails!

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Helpful Information To Start Your Trek

These guides offer comprehensive resources to help thru-hikers meticulously prepare for adventures on trails like the Appalachian and Pacific Crest. Key sections provide detailed gear advice, on-trail insights, and guidance for returning to everyday life after the challenging but rewarding journey.

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Planning Guide

Thru-hiking is an adventure that demands meticulous planning. We’ll help to guide you through the process, ensuring you’re well-prepared for trails like the Appalachian or Pacific Crest.

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Gearing Up

Prepare for your epic thru-hike with the most comprehensive gear details you’ll find. We understand that gear choices can make or break your adventure; think of this as your ultimate resource.

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On-Trail Primer

Thru-hiking is not just about the destination; it’s about the journey. We’ll provide detailed insights, anticipating your needs and offering proactive solutions.

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Post-Trail Primer

Thru-hiking is more than just the trail miles; it’s also the return to everyday life. We cover post-hike challenges, including recovery, gear maintenance, and applying trail lessons to life.

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Resources & Insights To Help You Thrive

We are dedicated to providing aspiring thru-hikers with the education and information to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and successful hike. Long-distance hikes can be achievable and enriching adventures with proper preparation and planning.

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The Great Tent Dilemma – Choosing Between Gossamer Gear’s The One vs The Two on Your Thru-Hike

Faced with the choice between Gossamer Gear’s ultralight solo tent The One or more spacious duo tent The Two? We break down the key differences to help you decide.
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The Ultralight Showdown: Zpacks Duplex vs. Gossamer Gear The Two

Looking for the perfect ultralight backpacking tent? We compare the popular Zpacks Duplex and Gossamer Gear The Two on weight, price, durability and more to help you decide.
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Protect Yourself: Can Ticks Bite Through Leggings While Hiking?

Ticks can bite through lightweight fabrics like leggings. Learn what clothing helps protect you from ticks and tick-borne illnesses while enjoying the outdoors.
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The Magic of Hiker Boxes: How a Simple Act of Kindness Connects Us All

Hiker boxes exemplify the heart of the thru-hiking community. Learn how these boxes provide essential aid and build lasting bonds between outdoor adventurers.
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Conquering the Roller Coaster: A Guide to the Iconic Virginia Section of the Appalachian Trail

The notorious “Roller Coaster” section of the AT in Virginia is one of the most thrilling and challenging for thru-hikers. With steep climbs, tricky descents, and breathtaking views, it takes endurance and fortitude to complete.
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The Constant Battle: How Thru-Hikers Manage Wet Tents on the Trail

Packing a wet tent while backpacking brings constant challenges. Learn how thru-hikers battle the wetness to keep their gear dry and mold-free on long hikes.
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Why Does My Warmth Cost So Much? Understanding Expensive Sleeping Bags for Thru-Hiking

Sleeping bags can be expensive for thru-hikers. Learn why the cost is worth it based on fill power, insulation, temperature rating, weight and more to pick the perfect backpacking sleeping bag.

Choosing Your Perfect Trail Adventure

While the Appalachian Trail is the most well-known long-distance hiking trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail offer incredible adventures through more remote wilderness for those seeking more solitude and challenge. However, the greater popularity of the AT means it has a more social atmosphere, which many hikers enjoy.

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Appalachian Trail (AT)

The Appalachian Trail, often called the AT, is a famous hiking trail that runs over 2,000 miles along the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Winding through 14 separate states, the trail takes hikers through some of the East Coast’s most scenic and rugged wilderness areas.

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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

Stretching over 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) traverses the spectacular mountain ranges of the western United States. Passing through California, Oregon, and Washington, the PCT takes hikers through sandy deserts, mountain forests, and rugged alpine terrain.

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Continental Divide Trail (CDT)

The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is a rugged long-distance trail that runs over 3,000 miles between Mexico and Canada along the Continental Divide. Passing through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, the CDT takes hikers through arid deserts to snowy mountains.

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