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Puffy Jackets on the AT: Down Vs Synthetic For Warmth

When it comes to staying warm on the Appalachian Trail, there are two options: down or synthetic. Synthetic jackets tend to be more affordable, but they don’t offer the same compression in a backpack as a down jacket would. The question is whether a down or synthetic jacket is better for a thru hike on …

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Hammocking the AT (Why Many Choose This Way)

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a dream for many people. The trail itself spans nearly 2,200 miles and it takes on average six months to complete the trek. For some people, however, this just isn’t an option because they can’t bear laying on the ground for so long! One solution is to bring along a …

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Best Cell Service While on the Appalachian Trail

Your cell phone service while on the Appalachian Trail is essential for safety, meeting up with other long-distance hikers, and staying connected to the outside world. Cell phones are also great for taking pictures of all that nature has to offer. From many hikers, over the years the best cell service is available through Verizon, …

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Appalachian Trail (The Terrible Truth about Bugs on Trail)

Many people believe that the Appalachian Trail is a great place to escape civilization and enjoy nature. What many don’t know about all of the different species of bugs that live there, as there are many types of insects who live on this trail, and they’re not all harmless! Learn how bad the bugs can …

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Picking Foods When Thru-Hiking: Protein and Calories Matter

When you are planning out your meals and how you want to eat while out on the trail you need to focus on many things that may not jump out at you immediately as a need is protein along with calories for thru-hiking so what to eat when thru hiking then? A thru-hiker should look …

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Why You Need to Choose a Backpacking Quilt for the Trail

When you are looking to gear up properly for a long-distance thru-hike you want to maximize performance to the weight of the gear to provide the maximum benefits, so what is a backpacking quilt? A backpacking quilt is similar to a sleeping bag but instead of having a hood and long zipper to close up …

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