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Hammock Camping: Near Perfect Way to Enjoy a Thru-Hike

For many looking to thru-hike the natural choice for shelter will be a traditional tent, this is due in large part to comfort and knowledge of the system beforehand. This is where I was as recently as six months ago, I have been working and adjusting to a hammock system so I felt today was …

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Hiker’s Rash: Problems With Heavy Activity in Hot Weather

If you’re like me, you love spending time outdoors hiking and biking in the warm weather. But did you know that there is a risk of developing a nasty rash from all that activity? This condition is known as hiker’s rash, flip-flop rash, or golfer’s rash, and it can be quite uncomfortable. In this article, …

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Waymark THRU vs EVLV: Choosing For Your Next Thru-Hike

If you’re looking for a new backpack for your next thru-hike, you’re in luck! Waymark has created two packs that are perfect for long-distance hikes. The THRU and the EVLV are both ultralight backpacks that have been designed with thru-hikers in mind. The main difference between the THRU and the EVLV is in the internal …

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Sleeping Quilt vs Sleeping Bag: Why Thru-Hikers Are Evolving

For many like myself, a sleeping bag was the main gear for outdoor trips to keep you warm, for many with the typical rolled-up blue ground pad. But, as with most gear, time and technology advance and now we also have sleeping quilts as an option, one that has begun to dominate in thru-hiking gear …

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Cowboy Camping: Lay Back, Enjoy, and Take in the Stars

A six-month thru-hike is a long trek, there is a wide variety of ways you will set up camp over the 150+ days which will change from built shelters to backpacking shelters, and then there is cowboy camping which is a highlight for many thru-hikers, so what is cowboy camping you may wonder? Cowboy camping …

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Ouachita Trail: A Beautiful Trek in Vast Spectacular Terrain

The Ouachita (Wash’-i-taw) National Recreation Trail is a beautiful 223-mile thru-hike that winds through the vast and spectacular terrain of the Ouachita National Forest with the entire trail running from Oklahoma to Alabama. There are some amazing trails, like the Ouachita Trail, in the United States that don’t get the love or attention they should, …

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R-Value 101: Why Sleeping Pad Insulation Value is Important

When you are sleeping outdoors, on the cold ground, the most important factor to consider is your sleeping pad’s R-Value. This is the measure of the pad’s ability to resist(r) heat flow, hence R-Value, which basically determines how well your sleeping pad will insulate you from heat transfer to cold ground. If you don’t have …

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Hiking Gaiters: Their Purpose on Trail for a Thru-Hiker

Gaiters are an important piece of gear for hikers and trekkers. Many people aren’t sure what they are or what their purpose is on the trail, so we’re here to clear that up! Gaiters are fabric sleeves that go over your shoe and lower leg, usually made out of waterproof materials. They protect your feet …

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Hiking in Zero-Drop Shoes: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking for a hiking shoe that gives your foot more of a natural feel, you might want to consider zero drop running shoes. Many hikers have been converting from boots over to zero-drop trail runners! A zero-drop trail shoe has no difference in height between the heel and toe, this allows your foot …

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