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Tent Stakes: Why Most High-Quality Tents Avoid Stakes

If you’ve been shopping for a higher-end thru-hiking tent, then the chances are good that it may come with either no stakes or a set of generic stakes. While this may seem like a big deal at first glance, the stakes you need may vary significantly with the terrain, so do tents come with stakes? …

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Thru-Hiker Clothing: What Gear to Wear on the Trail

It can be difficult to know what hiking apparel you should take on the trail with you. There are many different variables that factor into what makes a good hiking attire. For example, what type of weather will you encounter? Will it be hot or cold out? Do you want your clothing to dry quickly? …

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Thru-Hike GPS: Why a Dedicated Device Beats Your Phone

If you are like most people, the idea of getting lost in the woods is terrifying. But what if there was no chance of getting lost? What if you knew exactly where you were at all times? This may sound like a dream come true for some, but it can be achieved with GPS technology, …

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Cold Soaking 101: A Crash Course in a Growing Obsession

Cold soaking is a method that ultralight backpackers use to save on weight and space in their packs when they are traveling. It might sound weird, but it makes sense. In this blog post, we will go over the process of cold soaking your gear and how you can add cold soaking to your backpacking …

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Trail Names: What They Are and How You Get One

Trail names, or a nickname for you on the trail, are a trail tradition that has been around since traveling on trails first began. They started out as trail nicknames and evolved into something more. Nowadays, trail names can be picked up along the trail being given to you by other hikers, personally, or by …

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Why Do Hands Swell on Long Hikes? What Causes This Issue?

Hiking is a great way to get in some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately, many people experience swelling of their hands when they hike for long periods of time. What causes this? Read on to find out why your hands swell when you hike! A hiker ends up with swollen hands due to the …

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