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Pinhoti Trail: Exploring An Overlooked Sensational Hike

The Pinhoti National Recreation Trail is often overlooked as a hiking destination because it’s not well known. This article will give you all the information you need about this trail, including how to plan for your hike, and hopefully help you finish the entire trail. The Pinhoti Trail goes through some beautiful sections of Alabama …

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Trail Runners: The Massive Popularity Growth for Thru-Hikes

When I started to prepare for my first thru-hikes, like the Lone Star Hiking Trail, I was trying to figure out what gear I truly needed and had always used boots because that’s what dad taught me. Over time reading online and listening to hikers, I wondered, can you use trail runners for thru-hiking? Trail …

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Backpacking Big Three: Proper Gear Up For Outdoor Adventure

The big three are the core gear needed for relative safety and comfort on the trail. They are what compromise the core weight of your entire kit, and as such, are the first and most important gear choices you’ll make. So, then, what are the backpacking big three? The big three are your shelter, sleep …

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Thru-Hiker First Aid Kit: What to Include and Why

When thru-hiking, a first aid kit is one of the most critical pieces of gear you can bring with you. This kit will be essential for managing any issues that may arise during your hike. However, ensuring that your kit is dialed in and is not overloaded with useless resources is essential. This blog post …

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Creating Income While Thru-Hiking: How to Make Money Hiking

When you want to be able to hike more often, you have to start to think about what ways you can use thru-hiking to supplement your income. Even if you are only planning to make one of the big triple crown trails, the amount it costs is pretty staggering, leaving many wondering how to make …

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How to Effectively Clean Your Backpacking Sleeping Pad

One constant in managing gear is ensuring you take care of it to lengthen its lifespan, and sleeping pads are notorious for mold and bacteria growth due to the warm air you blow into them nightly. Let’s discuss how to clean a sleeping pad on the trail and in town. Mold grows easily when contained, …

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16 Key Items You Shouldn’t Bring on the Appalachian Trail

While everyone is typically excited about their thru-hike start date, they’ve gone through their gear five hundred times and are as optimized as possible. They are ready to start their hike many times but bring too many miscellaneous items or choose to overcarry based on fears. Let’s discuss what not to bring on the Appalachian …

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Wool vs Synthetic: Choosing a Base Layer For Thru-Hiking

When looking to choose a base layer for thru-hikes, you have two viable options, wool or synthetic. They each have some good qualities and sad truths, so today, I wanted to explore why you should choose wool vs. synthetic base layer for the trail. Choosing a quality merino wool base layer is highly beneficial if …

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