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Thru-hiking Changes Your Body: How It Impacts Muscle Loss

If you’re looking to hike the Appalachian Trail or any other thru-hiking trail, you might be wondering how hiking affects muscle growth. Many people think that they will lose all their strength and muscle if they go on a long hike, but this is not necessarily true so this begs the question of how to …

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Wash and Clean Dishes While On Trail: The Beginners Guide

It’s no secret that properly cleaning and washing dishes can be a daunting task while on the trail. But what if I told you there was a way to make this dreaded chore a breeze? With the right tools and tips, washing dishes while backpacking can be a snap. In this comprehensive guide, we will …

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Ultimate Resource for Creating a UL Thru-Hike Hammock Kit

When you are looking to thru-hike a trail, regardless of the length you are trying to optimize your backpack kit to be small, lightweight, and full functioning. On a longer thru-hike, you will face low and high temperatures and very mixed weather which can include freezing snow and roasting heat. One thing I enjoy about …

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10 Thru-Hiking Budget Busting Tips That Actually Make It Affordable

Thru-hiking can be a wonderful way to see the world, but it can also be expensive. Here are some tips on how to make your thru-hike more affordable. This will help you enjoy all the amazing sights and sounds of your hike without breaking the bank, especially on a six-month hike. Tips to Save Money …

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Water Carry: Plan and Treat Water on the Appalachian Trail

It will come as no surprise to anyone that water is the most vital need on the trail, while the Appalachian Trail offers far more access to water than other trails understanding when you need to carry more water and when it needs to be cleaned are vital knowledge to maximizing your enjoyment. On the …

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Small Business Sales Week: Grab Those Gear Upgrades Today!

Garage Grown Gear is excited to announce Small Business Sales Week, running from May 17th to May 24th. This weeklong event will feature great deals from over 60 small outdoor brands, including names like Chicken Tramper, Enlightened Equipment, Hammock Gear, and so many more! This is a fantastic opportunity to support small businesses and get …

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Zero Days: Managing Resupply and Gear on Days Off

When you’re out on a long-distance hike, it’s important to plan for zero days, everyone eventually needs a break to get washed up, clean clothing, and refill food and fuel for the next leg of their hike. Zero days are important for overall body recovery and recuperation from the work and beatings they have taken. …

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Hammock Straps: Everything You Need to Know to Start Hanging

Looking to buy your first hammock? Chances are you’ll need to purchase some straps too. Hammock straps, also known as tree protector straps, come in a variety of lengths and work by attaching the hammock to a tree via a loop and cord or carabiner system. The best hammock straps are made from durable webbing …

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Merino Wool: A Superior Fabric For Thru-Hiking Clothing

Merino wool has long been a favorite of thru-hikers for its superior performance and versatility. This natural fiber is soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking, making it an ideal choice for extended treks in hot weather conditions. Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool from merino sheep does not trap heat or sweat, making it a more comfortable choice for …

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