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The planning for a thru-hike is more time-consuming than many may guess when they decide to start. It involves everything from employment, finances, and overall logistics like resupply, town days, and managing everything.

Slackpacking on Trail: A Way to Speed Up Your Thru-Hike

When you begin learning about thru-hiking and especially when you watch some of the YouTubers who daily VLOGed their trips you will hear the term “slackpacking” tossed around, so what does slackpack mean for hikers on the trail? In a nutshell, slackpacking is when you hike without your full backpack and gear. On a thru-hike, …

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Thru-Hiking: Learning Gear and Not Breaking the Bank

How much does hiking gear cost for a thru-hike? This is a question that many people ask before they take up a long-distance hike. The answer, of course, depends on your available budget and how well you can plan and limit duplicate purchases. It’s important to remember that you don’t need the most expensive gear, …

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NoBo, SoBo, FlipFlop: Choosing Your Way to Hike the AT

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a time-honored tradition, but which direction should you go? Should you start at Springer Mountain in Georgia and hike northbound to Maine? Or should you start at Mount Katahdin in Maine and hike southbound to Georgia? Let’s take a look at choosing how to hike your A.T. thru-hike and whether …

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Hiker Midnight: Taking A Break in the Darkness

Hikers in the dark are often met with a feeling of trepidation and fear because they can’t see what’s coming up ahead on the trail. However, hiker midnight also has many benefits: it creates opportunities to enjoy night sounds, experience night on the trail, allows hikers to bond at shelters, and get that all-needed, recuperative …

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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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FarOut in Airplane Mode: Hiker Match Made in Heaven

While hiking on the trail you may notice that your cell service will fade in and out consistently on almost every trail, this is why many will set their phone to airplane mode to conserve power. This may lead you to wonder does Guthook works when in airplane mode? The Guthook app uses cell phone …

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Thru-Hiking 101: Taking The Big Leap Into a Lifetime Goal

This is our entirely free online backpacking resource aimed at helping you in preparing yourself for starting a long-distance thru-hike. The goal is to help you become informed and be able to get the right knowledge and gear. When you make the decision or are investigating the choice to take on a hike like any …

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Training for Thru Hiking: Start Six Month Prior to Dominate

Are you thinking about thru-hiking? It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it! If you’re looking for some guidance on how to train for thru-hiking, then this article is the place to start. After reading this post, you’ll have six months’ worth of plans that will help prepare your body and mind for …

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Thru-Hiking Costs: Breaking Down The Expenses

It is true that there are many costs associated with thru-hiking. Depending on the length of your hike, you may struggle to pay for food and shelter while out in nature. This article will discuss what it takes to get started as a thru-hiker along with how much does thru-hiking cost? The consistent average for …

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