Basics

Basics, Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail
AT Signage and a split view of the PCT badge on a tree

AT vs. PCT: Rise to the Challenge of an Epic Thru-Hike

Are you an avid hiker looking for a challenge? Are you trying to decide between the Appalachian ...

Basics, Gear
Adding a NeoAir X-Therm pad into a MSR tent

Your Sleeping Pad: What Are R Values And Why Do We Use Them?

Are you looking for the perfect sleeping pad for your thru-hike? Are you wondering how to select ...

Basics, Gear
Walking across icy land with Microspikes on feet for enhanced grip

Microspikes: How To Choose The Right Size For Your Thru-Hike

Are you looking for a lightweight and affordable way to safely traverse ice-covered trails during your thru-hike? ...

Basics
Dan Durston X-Mid 2 Pro at a campsite low ground view

Non-Freestanding Tents: Why Many Thru-Hikers Love Them

If you’ve decided to take on a thru-hike, one piece of gear is essential to your trek: ...

Gear, Basics

UGQ Bandit Vs Outlaw: Choosing The Perfect Backpacking Quilt For Your Thru-Hike

Having the right gear is essential for any thru-hiking and backpacking adventure. Having the right sleeping system ...

Basics, Gear
Showing the Zpacks Duplex and Gossamer Gear The Two against a black background with a versus sign

2P Tent Showdown: Zpacks Duplex vs Gossamer Gear The Two

Regarding the Zpacks Duplex and the Gossamer Gear The Two, the main differences lie in their weight, ...

Basics
Sign heading into Gatlinburg

Hiker Boxes: Your Place To Help Others or Find Help On Trail

The concept of the hiker box has been around for as long as most can remember, and ...

Basics
rain drops falling on the surface of a puddle

Wet Tent: How To Pack Up a Wet Tent And Keep Other Gear Dry

In your first week on the trail, you will probably have to put away your tent while ...

Basics
Zpacks Zip Around Sleeping Bag In My Durston X-Mid 2 Pro

Quality Trail Rest: Are Expensive Sleeping Bags Worth Buying?

For a thru-hike, many backpackers will use a mummy or similar style sleeping bag to keep them ...

Basics
My Xmid 2 Pro tent and Roan backpack out in the bampground on a overnight

Thru-Hiking Shelter: How Much Should You Spend on a Tent

Your home on the trail, a tent should be one of your most significant purchase expenses as ...

Basics
Dan Durston X-Mid 2 Pro at a campsite low ground view

Good Tents: How Long Should a Tent Last For Thru-Hiking

When you are beginning to look into thru-hiking, most people start to imagine what shelter they should ...

Basics
Nemo Elite and Gossamer Gear The Two on a grassy section of land.

Tent Anatomy: The Different Parts of a Tent Explained

When you go backpacking, there are a few pieces of equipment that you need to bring with ...