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AT Camp Fires: Why Most Thru-Hikers Choose Against Fires

Can you have a fire on the Appalachian Trail? This is a question that many hikers ask themselves as they prepare for their thru-hike that you may want to understand, while fire sounds excellent there are keys to managing them in the wild. There are pros and cons to taking a stove or a campfire …

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Hitchhiking: Do You Have To On The Appalachian Trail

For many hitchhiking is a scary proposition. The thought of sticking out your thumb and trusting a stranger to give you a ride can be nerve-wracking. But for thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, help traveling into town is vital. There are sections of the trail where it’s simply not possible to walk into town, so …

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Is It Truly Possible to Hike the AT Without Camping?

If you’re looking to hike the Appalachian Trail but are not a huge camper may wonder if it is possible to hike the entire trail without camping with a traditional shelter system? Technically yes, you could definitely build a plan to hike shelter to shelter and stay without the need for a traditional campsite. While …

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Complete Starter Guide to Clothing on the Appalachian Trail

When you go on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike, what clothes do you carry versus what clothing do you wear? Do you keep one specific set of clothing for daily hiking and one for sleeping, or is there a need for multiple hiking clothes items? And what about when the weather is unpredictable- do you bring …

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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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Appalachian Trail: Choosing the Best Time to Start a Thru-Hike

When it comes to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, there is no one perfect time to start. Everyone’s situation is different, and there are a number of factors that come into play when making the decision. But with that said, here are a few things to consider when choosing the best time to start your Appalachian …

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12 Best US Beginner Hikes To Grow Your Thru-Hiking Passion

So you want to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (or any other long trail)? Fantastic! But where does a first-time thru-hiker start? For beginners, there is really only one of the triple crown trails that best aligns with your ability and gear – the Appalachian Trail. From there, a wide range of shorter trail options open …

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Foothills Trail 101: Thru-Hiking South Carolina Wilderness

The Foothills Trail winds its way through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in South Carolina. This semi-challenging 77-mile hike offers a taste of everything the Palmetto State has to offer: rolling hills, dense forests, stunning vistas, and plenty of wildlife. If you’re looking for an epic starter thru-hike challenge, the Foothills Trail is it! …

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CDT 101: Explore a Thru-Hike on the Continental Divide Trail

Thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail, or CDT for short, is a challenging but rewarding experience that offers hikers an opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and remote areas in North America from Glacier National Park and the Canadian border to the amazing Rocky Mountain National Parks. If you’re thinking of hiking the CDT, …

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