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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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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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Hammock Quilts: Benefits, Drawbacks, and How to Choose

When you’re looking for a lighter, more versatile sleeping bag option, a hammock topquilt is a perfect choice. Also known as a top quilt, this type of sleep system lays on top of you in your hammock and provides insulation and comfort while you sleep, so what is a hammock top quilt? A top quilt …

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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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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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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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