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What is a Shakedown Hike? (Gauging Gear & Prep)

For anyone looking to accomplish a thru-hike planning and prepping your gear and choosing which to keep with you and what can be left is vital to having an optimized backpack and is something everyone should focus on in the months leading to a thru-hike. Shakedown hikes represent the best opportunity to find the gear …

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AT Showers: Managing Your Filth Level While on the Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a challenge for anyone who takes it on, but managing your personal hygiene can be even more difficult. With so much time spent in close contact with other hikers, you’ll need to take care of yourself if you want to avoid developing odors that are far from pleasant. In this blog …

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AT Thru Hiker Guide: Managing Device Power on Trail

If you are a long-distance hiker on the Appalachian Trail, one of your main concerns will be how to keep all your electronic devices charged as you use them for multiple functions. The answer? Well, it depends on what kind of electronic device(s) you have and where along the entire trail you are at. We …

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Hiking the CDT: Does the Trail Require A Permit?

If you are looking to hike the continental divide trail, but aren’t sure if a permit is needed, we have all of the information for you. The Continental Divide Trail stretches from Mexico all the way up to Canada and covers roughly 3,100 miles. There is no long-distance permit for the CDT, unlike the PCT. …

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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 the …

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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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