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AT Thru-Hike: Focus On Physical & Mental Preparation

So you want to hike the Appalachian Trail? This epic, challenging wilderness path covers nearly the entire length of the Appalachian Mountains. The trail begins in Georgia and ends in Maine, with over 2000 miles of backcountry terrain. The Appalachian Trail is famous for being one of the world’s most challenging long-distance hiking trails. It’s …

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Hammock Gear: How To Choose Economy Vs. Premium Quilts

Many options for backpacking quilts are available for someone building their gear up for a thru-hike. The issue with most quilt choices is that they can be quite costly. This is when Hammock Gear showcases a unique blend of benefits, providing budget and high-tier gear at reasonable prices. Let’s discuss their two-tiered system for quilts …

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Exploring Eagle Rock Loop: Perfect Backpacking Shakedown

This last May, my friends and I went out to explore the Eagle Rock Loop, and while it is listed as under 27 miles in total, it exceeded all of my expectations. So that you know, the Eagle Rock Loop is the longest backpacking loop in Arkansas. While we were only there overnight, as the …

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Patagonia Nano Puff Vs Micro Puff: Better For A Thru-Hike

When searching for options for a puffy for a thru-hike, many will opt for down-filled jacket choices, and others may need or choose synthetic. A huge consideration needs to be how small they can pack down to and the relative moisture in the area through precipitation or sheer humidity. Today I want to cover the …

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12 Reasons Why Merino Wool is the Best Base Layer For Hikes

When choosing your clothing for a thru-hike, there are loads of amazing options available. Now you have a wide range of synthetics, wool, and then blends. This may make you wonder why is merino wool is the best base layer. Merino is odor-resistant and a near-perfect clothing choice for a thru-hiker, with the only true …

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Summited Katahdin: How To Manage Finding Your Way Home

Once you have reached the summit, prayed to the Katahdin sign, and completed your Appalachian Trail thru-hike, what is next? You may think, how do I get home from Katahdin afterward? Most choose to find rides to an airport for a quick trip back home, this gets you back into your area effectively, but many …

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Condensation: Simple Ways to Prevent Tent Moisture Build-Up

Many new long-distance hikers may have never heard of nor experienced heavy condensation in their tents before their first trip. For many of us, this wasn’t a thing when we car camp or used our tents at a campground. When you begin thru-hiking, though, you start to stay and camp in a wide variety of …

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Time Off: How to Request Time to Hike the Appalachian Trail

For most aspiring thru-hikers, their biggest roadblock is managing their current employment. They want to know whether they should quit or if they can find a way to get a leave of absence and how to sell this to an employer as a benefit to the company. Today I wanted to dive into how to …

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