Thru-Hiking

why is backpacking so expensive

Why is Backpacking so Expensive?

New backpackers are often surprised at how expensive backpacking can be. “Isn’t it just going for a walk in the woods?” Well, sort of. To backpack safely and comfortably, there are actually several pieces of gear which make all of the difference and their price points can really start to […]

can a beginner hike the appalachian trail

Can a Beginner Hike the Appalachian Trail?

For many avid hikers, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) is a life-long goal. Many spend countless days testing their mettle on trails far and wide before they set off on the journey of a lifetime from Georgia to Maine. But, can a beginner hike the AT, or is it just […]

what is a flip flop thru hike

What is a Flip Flop Thru-Hike?

The term “flip flop” hiking is thrown around a lot in the thru-hiking community, especially on the Appalachian Trail. It can apply to any thru-hike that you do. And no, it does not mean that you hike the trail in your flip-flops, though, I’m sure someone has hiked the AT […]

appalachian trail thru hike videos

25 ‘Must-See’ Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Videos

The 2,200 mile (3,500km) long Appalachian Trail is one of the crown jewels of the long-distance hiking world. The AT is home to some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain in the Eastern United States, so it’s no wonder that thousands of hikers set their sights on the trail […]

how much does it cost to hike the pacific northwest trail

How Much does it Cost to Hike the Pacific Northwest Trail?

In the world of long-distance hiking, most people set their sights on the Triple Crown: the Appalachian Trail (AT), the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). These stalwarts of the thru-hiking world have long captured the imagination of backpackers around the world, however, many of us […]

how dangerous is hiking the appalachian trail

How Dangerous is Hiking the Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail twists and turns for 2,190 miles through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. And it has become so popular that 3 million people a year step foot on it, in some form or another. But just how dangerous is hiking the Appalachian Trail, and what are those […]

how do i distribute my backpack weight

How do I Distribute my Backpack Weight?

We’ve all been there. You buy your first backpack and all of the gear you can think of, load it up and head out onto the trail. About ten minutes in you sit down for a break, wondering how on earth people do this on a regular basis. The problem? […]

can you hike 20 miles a day

Can You Hike 20 Miles a Day? (Backpacking FAQs)

I can remember with complete clarity the first time I hiked 20 miles in one day. I remember because it was agony. I was not accustomed to walking this distance with weight on my back, and quite simply it ruined me. So, can you hike 20 miles a day? Yes, […]

what is the thru hiking triple crown

What is the Thru-hiking Triple Crown?

Many of us enjoy hiking in the great outdoors, sometimes for days at a time. But could you imagine doing it for weeks and even months at a time, perhaps, for example, to walk the length of an entire country – almost three times? That is, if you can believe, […]

how much money do you need to hike the pacific crest trail

How Much Money do you Need to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

If you spend enough time in the outdoors, chances are pretty high that you’ll hear about the Pacific Crest Trail. This 2,650 mile (4,264km) trail stretches from Mexico to Canada and crosses three states, vast deserts, and seemingly endless mountain peaks along the way. A thru-hike of the Pacific Crest […]