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  2. The Foothills Trail runs from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park, both in South Carolina. In between, the path meanders through Sumter National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, land protected by Duke Energy Corporation and Gorges State Park in North Carolina. While the “hills” aren’t as high as some of the Appalachian Mountains, they are often just as steep. The elevations encountered run from just over 1,000 feet to the highest point in South Carolina, ... The post Appalachian Trail Off the Table for This Year? Take a Look at the 77-Mile Foothills Trail appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  3. It’s Friday April 10 – Today would mark my first steps on the Pacific Crest Trail. So I want to celebrate my NOGO start date by dedicating this post to the gear I would have carried on my way to Canada. The post Storing Away My Gear appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  4. Region: Other Type: Educational Programs Activity: Presentation,Skill workshop Posted by: ADK Staff Trip rating: N/R Special focus: Beginner,Family,New member,Senior,Young member Leader: ADK Staff Link: https://www.adk.org/discover/skills-workshops/ ADK’S FIRE TOWER CHALLENGE WORKSHOP MAY 17 Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about hiking the 30 fire tower mountains across the New York State Forest Preserve. This course will cover a wide range of topics relevant for hiking enthusiasts of all ability levels: a historical introduction to the fire tower trails in the Adirondacks and the Catskills, route selection, hikingefficiency, backcountry safety, rules and regulations, and a proper gear demonstration. Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount) These programs are available from the comfort of your own residence via Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Private Zoom invitations will be sent out to registered participants a few days in advance of each course.
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    ONLINE: HIKING 101 WORKSHOP

    Region: Other Type: Educational Programs Activity: Presentation,Skill workshop Posted by: ADK Staff Trip rating: N/R Special focus: Beginner,Family,New member,Senior,Young member Leader: ADK Staff Link: https://www.adk.org/discover/skills-workshops/ HIKING 101 WORKSHOP MAY 3 Hiking is a wonderfulway to experience the outdoors. If you’re just getting started, this primer course will cover the basics: where to go, what to bring, and how to do it! Cost: $30 (members receive 10% discount) These programs are available from the comfort of your own residence via Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Private Zoom invitations will be sent out to registered participants a few days in advance of each course.
  6. Region: Other Type: Educational Programs Activity: Presentation,Skill workshop Posted by: ADK Staff Trip rating: N/R Special focus: Beginner,Family,New member,Senior,Young member Leader: ADK Staff Link: https://www.adk.org/discover/skills-workshops/ THE 46 HIGH PEAKS WORKSHOP MAY 16 Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about hiking the 46 High Peaks in New York State. Spend the day with an experienced hiking guide going over how to prepare for your next wilderness adventure. The course includes a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, a proper gear demonstration, an introduction to Map & Compass, and an in-depth presentation including the routes and statistics for each High Peak to help every aspiring 46er accomplish their goal efficiently. Cost: $50(members receive 10% discount) These programs are available from the comfort of your own residence via Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Private Zoom invitations will be sent out to registered participants a few days in advance of each course.
  7. Region: Other Type: Educational Programs Activity: Presentation,Skill workshop Posted by: ADK Staff Trip rating: N/R Special focus: Beginner,Family,New member,Senior,Young member Leader: ADK Staff Link: https://www.adk.org/discover/skills-workshops/ MAP & COMPASS FUNDAMENTALS WORKSHOP MAY 9 This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, identification of terrain features, compass use, and triangulation. Once learned, these skills will enable participants to feel more confident with backcountry travel. Cost: $80 (members receive 10% discount) These programs are available from the comfort of your own residence via Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Private Zoom invitations will be sent out to registered participants a few days in advance of each course.
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  9. OK.. Anyone else feeling emotional about having to chuck your dreams, planning, finances, etc into the wind this year? Yeah, me either. (LIES LIES LIES)I am sure I am not the only on here who has worked extra hours for 2 years, planned, replanned, and replanned again your trek, arranged travel, drop offs, mailed re supplies, and other things that go into a thru hike. So… you are ready to go. All your plans have been solidified. ... The post The Elephant in the Room appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  10. n today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are once again flipping the script. This episode is dedicated to all things COVID-19. We chat with a pair of experts on infectious disease and epidemiology. Dr. Amesh Adalja, is an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. And Jagdish Khubchandani is a Professor of Health Science at Ball State University with a PhD in Health Education and Epidemiology. Both of our experts share their opinion on the latest data surrounding this virus, ... The post Bakcpacker Radio 67 | When Can We Backpack Again? A Chat with Public Health Experts + 2020 NOGO Thru-Hikers appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  11. Yeah. It all blows. My heart hurts for the hikers that have had to scrap long dreamed off hikes and my brain is still grappling with the fact I’m one of them. While hiking the PCT last summer, I decided I was going to revolve my life around hiking for awhile. I knew it was what my heart wanted and I decided there was no point in straddling the line of instability I had spent the last two years hovering on, ... The post Yet Another Post About Coronavirus And How We Don’t Get to Hike appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  12. Not at all. Just a little. Somewhat. Moderately. Quite a lot. Very much. These are all scalable answers to on-line survey questions one can take to see if one might “certifiably” be in the throws of “depression”. As of late I found myself searching these sites just to be sure I hadn’t fallen into the abyss of depression. Like many, I am not a stranger to the abyss. I have however, worked hard to stay away from its perilous edge. ... The post Post (poned) Trail Depression appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
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  14. This breathable midlayer is a jacket for all seasons. BACKPACKER first reviewed the Atom LT when it debuted a decade ago, and it’s become a go-to midlayer for many hikers since then. But we haven’t given it a look since that initial writeup, which is why I’ve been testing the latest version. Arc’teryx updated the synthetic fill this year to make it more packable, changed the hardface (yet breathable) nylon shell, and tweaked the cut, and the result is a piece that I don’t want to take off. This jacket has helped me run the temperature gauntlet: It kept me warm in below-freezing weather while I hiked snow-dusted trails near in the foothills of Colorado’s San Juans, and I didn’t overheat on a 40°F ski tour up 12,162-foot St. Vrain Mountain outside Rocky Mountain National Park until the skin track got steep at the very top. I’ve even worn the Atom LT on sunny, 60°F days, with the full zipper and underarm fleece panels helping with temp regulation. Fit-wise, this thing is dialed: It hugs my body without feeling too tight. (Note: I'm on the slim side.) And the whole jacket scrunches down to the sized of a 1-liter Nalgene, an improvement over the original’s football-like packability. The only ding I’ve noticed is that the face fabric is conducive to stains more than other midlayers I’ve worn; be sure to treat it nicely. But that’s a small price to pay for a jacket that I’ll wear year-round in the mountains. View the full article
  15. The North Face ups its eco-friendly game with the ThermoBall Eco, a puffy jacket that’s made from 100% post-consumer plastic. It’s a trend that’s gaining traction in the outdoor clothing industry as more retailers expand their environmentally friendly footprint, from recycling materials in clothing to selling worn clothing. The ThermoBall, The North Face says, “comes with the little extra-warm-feeling you get from doing your part for the planet.” The North Face ThermoBall Eco Hoodie At-A-Glance Weight: 15.9 ounces (men’s, ... The post Gear Review: North Face ThermoBall Eco Hoodie (Recycled) appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  16. Current events are bringing me down…so instead I’m focusing on one of our greatest achievements as a family: budgeting. Stay debt free! Our 17 year-old daughter, Sierra, recently wrote the following for a College Essentials class she was taking: “To me “financial wellness” means having freedom. If you budget wisely and save you are able to accomplish things that are not possible if you are in debt. There is correlation between financial wellness and academic success. ... The post Mo Debt Mo Problems: Budgeting for the Triple Crown appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  17. As of April 5, 42 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had issued “stay at home” orders, affecting about 90 percent of the population, some 300 million people, in an effort to contain the continuing epidemic of COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The long-distance hiking community has seen major trail advocacy organizations, including the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Continental Divide Trail Coalition and others, strongly advising would-be hikers to stay away and urging those on trail to get off as soon as practicable. ... The post Should You Exercise Outside During the COVID-19 Epidemic? appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  18. Cook better (and eat better) with coffeemakers, stoves, and more. Friends don't let friends live off of stale energy bars. With modern weight-saving technology, going light is no longer an excuse for eating badly. Up your camp cooking game with these smart accessories. At BACKPACKER, we take our responsibility to provide readers with fair and accurate gear advice seriously. When you make a purchase through our site, we may earn a commission. View the full article
  19. From Cascade Designs Inc. to L.L. Bean, outdoor gear retailers are shifting their factory production lines to face masks and medical gowns to clothe and protect health care workers on the front lines of COVID-19. Cascade Designs, parent company of Mountain Safety Research, Outdoor Research, and Therm-a-Rest, transitioned its Seattle factory to manufacture ASTM Level 1 medical masks. Production began March 31 with 1,000 masks a day, with a target of 20,000 masks daily. The ASTM Level 1 medical masks provide protection for general medical use. ... The post These Outdoor Brands Are Stepping it up During the COVID-19 Outbreak appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  20. You may be sitting at home right now wondering what to do with yourself now that you’ve had to cancel or postpone your life-long dream of thru-hiking a long trail. Once you’ve finished re-watching The Office, here are some things you can do (or continue doing) to stay prepped for your thru-hike. While you might not know when you’ll be able to hit the trail again, it never hurts to keep your outdoor skills sharp and to use this time to continue refining your gear. ... The post Stay Prepped for Your Hike During COVID-19 appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  21. … And in turn the landscape reflects those people. It is a concept that I have thought on often over the years. More than a static reflection, both the environment and it’s people create change in one another over time. This relationship extends beyond the geographical and ecological make-up of an environment. Similarly the effect ones environment has on an individual is more than warm clothes to fight off the cold or an enviable tan from a multitude of days that trend towards the sunnier side of life. ... The post People are a Reflection of the Land appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  22. From breakfast time to snacktime, make sure you're full, fueled, and satisfied with our favorite hiking foods of the year. View the full article
  23. Our family of 6 spent 6 months and 3 weeks hiking the PCT in 2019. Before the hike, most of us had no opinion about what to eat on the trail. Now that we’ve logged some miles and are (hopefully) going to do another long trail this year, 100% of us are opinionated about trail food. The children, for the most part, are just complaining about the ramen. My husband finds himself repeatedly says things like “So you never want to eat Top Ramen again? ... The post Eat It, Just Eat It: Feeding A Family Of Six On A Thru-Hike appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  24. I wasn’t positive I was even going to write this. I couldn’t figure out the appropriate tone to take. It seems so trivial and narcissistic to assume that anyone cares about me not going on a hike. What people are suffering through dwarfs the petty inconvenience of a hike postponed for a year. My start date was going to be April 29. Three weeks ago, I thought I’d delay the decision of cancelling. I believed I had the luxury of doing so as it was so far in the future. ... The post There is a Season and a Time to Every Purpose … appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  25. Through the Great Southwest is a newly released documentary film in which Darwin Rakestraw makes his directorial debut, in partnership with the Arizona Trail Association. The film follows the community behind the 800-mile Arizona Trail National Scenic Trail (AZT) that spans the length of Arizona, between Mexico and Utah. A trail deeply diverse in geography and history, the AZT is truly a modern-day multi-purpose trail—loved and used by an array of hikers, runners, riders, equestrians, and supporters from across the state. ... The post “Through the Great Southwest:” A Documentary about The Arizona Trail appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  26. Highline is a feature-length film that chronicles the history and splendor of the scarcely known Uinta Highline Trail (UHT), through the eyes of five friends who carry much more weight on their shoulders than their backpacks. Nearly five hours east of Salt Lake City, Utah lies McKee Draw, the Eastern Terminus of the UHT, while Hayden Pass marks the Western Terminus of the trail just east of Park City. In between these two points lies 104 miles of rugged and unforgiving terrain that sits mostly above 10,000 vertical feet, ... The post [Film Highlight] Highline: Ten Days on the Uinta Highline Trail appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  27. Hey. How are you doing these days? Did you hear that the Appalachian Trail is kinda closed? We figured if the AT is closed, we’ll talk about other stuff right now. Plus we heard that Quarantine Podcasts are so hot right now, so we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon. We know this is a short episode, but we have at least one more coming out later this week. Stay safe and wash your damn hands! ... The post Pox & Puss O.P.P. #10 – The Quarantine Edition appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  28. Today Today I woke up to another cloudy, grey Oregon morning. I rolled out from under the comforter and walked into the kitchen. I made myself a cup of Earl Grey tea with a splash of almond milk. I sat down and picked up a book from a stack of recommendations, the Da Vinci Code looked interesting. My mom made a smoothie with oats and tofu, also interesting. We decided today we would go for a hike. ... The post Day 1- Making Lemonade out of Lemons appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
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