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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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Thru-Hiking Base Weight: Why Backpackers Drop Pounds

Building out a gear list is important to any long-distance trail hiking attempt. The issue for many is finding the balance between comfort and lighter pack weight, you need to be as light as possible and as finances will allow. Let’s jump into what thru-hiking base weight is: Base weight refers to the weight of …

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Sleeping Bag Liners: What Are They, How to Use & Warmth

A sleeping bag or backpacking quilt is used to keep you warm when out on the trail and this can have two impacts on a long-distance thru-hike. The gear will get dirtier and dirtier over the days of grime along with starting to perform worse than rated for heat due to this build-up, so what …

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Tent Footprint: What They Do and Why Thru-Hikers Bring Them

For people planning their first long distance thru hikes there is a load of gear related questions and concerns as to what is necessary and what can be left home to help cut weight. A tent footprint is an important piece of gear that can protect your tent and keep you dry and may be …

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