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  1. One of the universal characteristics of people who love the outdoors is that we enthusiastically (and voluntarily) lean into discomfort. The outdoors community is mostly white, which has allowed the privilege of being able to avoid broad and open discussion of social and racial issues. Racism and violence against Black people goes beyond the outdoors in America, but that doesn’t excuse non-Black members of the outdoor community from recognizing and fighting it. No, you cannot escape society’s problems in the outdoors. ... The post Challenging the Narrative and Using Our Voice: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  2. In this strange, virus-infected spring, I find myself swooning to a new love, the Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20º, sent to The Trek for review. Though not able to road-test it as I might have in the absence of a pandemic, I’ve slept with it every night since receiving it in late April, in conditions ranging from my bed at home to cowboy camping on the high plains of New Mexico and in a tent on the Colorado Trail. ... The post Gear Review: Big Agnes Torchlight UL 20-Degree Sleeping Bag appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  3. The Appalachian Trail: Backcountry Shelters, Lean-Tos, and Huts Author: Sarah Jones Decker Publisher: Rizzoli International, 304 pp. with color and black-and-white photos MSRP: $27.50 Where to buy: Available through Amazon, and autographed copies are available from sarahjonesdecker.com. Since the Appalachian Trail (version 1.0) was first completed in 1937, there have been scores, even hundreds, of guidebooks, memoirs, coffee-table books, and even illustrated children’s books published about the trail. So, kudos to anyone who comes up with a new idea that’s not just original, ... The post [Book Review] First Book Dedicated to Shelters is a Gorgeous, Informative View of the AT and its History appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  4. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has joined the calls for justice for America’s black citizens as turmoil fed by a black man’s death during an encounter with Minneapolis police roils the nation’s cities. The ATC, while acknowledging that the Appalachian Trail—the institution it works to preserve—is not racially or ethnically diverse, said that it has worked to make the trail more inclusive, and will continue to do so. “Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion must be the cornerstone of everything the ATC does,” the organization said in a statement from Sandra Marra, ... The post ATC Joins Calls for Racial Justice for Black Americans appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  5. The Torrid APEX Jacket is an insulated mid-layer offered by Enlightened Equipment (EE), a Minnesota-based backpacking gear company that specializes in custom items made to order. The jacket uses synthetic insulation, which allows it to handle a bit more abuse than a similar down jacket, and will be appreciated by those looking for animal-free products. While it is basic, including just the bare essentials feature-wise to keep weight down, this jacket is ultimately functional. And with a crapload of fabric colors to choose from (inside and out), ... The post Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Torrid APEX Jacket appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  6. Being flexible is an important characteristic in a thru-hiker, at least in my limited experience. Many hikers have had to utilize that trait over the last few months, and I am no exception. While I always had plans to cache food if doing a long hike with the dogs, it has become an essential part of my plan to remain self sufficient while hiking this summer. Unfortunately, there is very little “literature” on the inter web regarding caching food for a thru-hike. ... The post Resupplying and Caching Food, San Luis Loop Style appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  7. In February of 2008, I moved from Phoenix to San Diego to start a new job. During the weeks that followed, the economy began to experience a down-turn that would later be described as a “once in a lifetime” event. As some of my more experienced/expensive co-workers were laid-off, I felt increasing pressure to get results. By September, I needed some time off. I managed to reserve a Mount Whitney day-hike permit, and the week after that, ... The post Unfinished Business appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  8. Editor’s Note: In light of the COVID crisis, The Trek is committed to following all CDC and trail organization recommendations. As trails open up and longer hikes become possible, it’s important to modify plans for self sufficiency. The NPS and governing trail organizations have been sending out updates as they become available. Stay up to date here. Related The John Muir Trail (JMT), a 211-mile trail that undulates across numerous high passes in the Sierra Nevada. ... The post Complete Guide to Resupply on the John Muir Trail appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  9. The Pacific Crest Trail through Columbia River Gorge has reopened, along with some surrounding trails and day-use sites in Oregon and Washington. The gorge closed in March because of COVID-19 precautions. The US Forest Service said in an announcement on May 27 that in addition to the PCT it was reopening Balfour-Klickitat, Bonneville Trailhead, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, Catherine Creek Recreation Area, Herman Creek Trailhead, Larch Mountain Recreation Area, Lyle Trailhead and the Klickitat Trail, ... The post Pacific Crest Trail Reopens Through Columbia River Gorge appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  10. It was June 7, 2018. I’d spent three days in Kennedy Meadows waiting for a hiker called Enterprise to catch up, and it was that night around that campfire when I first started falling in love with him. We drank beers and talked nerdy to each other, but as the night deepened, the subject of mental health came up. Both of us had our struggles, and we were both using the trail to help pull ourselves out of slumps. ... The post Mental Health Notes from a Hiker in Quarantine appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  11. When it comes to planning a long-distance trek, choosing socks may not seem like a big priority on your gear list. Socks are socks, right? Actually, no. Many thru-hiking veterans offer the same kind of advice Marine Corps officers tell their troops: Taking care of your feet is critically important to a successful mission. So, while shoes get most of the attention, socks can make a huge difference when it comes to protecting what’s arguably your most vital physical asset on the trail. ... The post Socks Appeal: 8 of Our Favorite Backpacking Socks for 2020 appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  12. ummer’s on. Upgrade your trail wear with some seriously discounted Trek merch. This is the biggest discount we’ve ever run. Don’t sleep on this one, as the discount is only good for 48 hours (expires at 11:59pm MST on Wednesday, May 27). The rundown: 25% off all hats 25% off Trek retro tees and tanks $5 off Patagonia Capilene shirts Be sure to use the coupon code “BRINGONSUMMER” Hats Tropical Runner Endurance Hat (Was $27.50, now $20.50 with coupon code BRINGONSUMMER) As the name says, ... The post FLASH SALE: 25% off Trek Hats, Tees, and More (Very Limited Time) appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  13. A bad night’s sleep is the quickest way to ruin a camping trip. At best, you’re guaranteed to be sore, miserable, and exhausted by morning. At worst, you’re putting yourself in danger of hypothermia. That’s why it’s so crucial to choose the best backpacking sleeping bag. I know, I know. Easier said than done. There are so many variables at play with sleep gear, and it’s also pricy as shit. That’s probably why you’re reading this post. ... The post The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Quilts for All Budgets appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  14. The Green Mountain Club declared mud season over and reopened the Long Trail to hiking on May 22, but reminded hikers to take precautions because of COVID-19. “Hiking is the ideal outdoor recreational activity for these times since you can get outside for exercise and fresh air while still adhering to social distancing and hygiene guidelines, but let’s be smart about it, and above all, let’s be sensitive to trail conditions and courteous to other hikers itching to get out just as much as we are,” the GMC said in a statement here. ... The post Vermont’s Long Trail Reopens After Mud Season; COVID-19 Precautions Issued appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  15. Shenandoah National Park will begin a phased reopening on Saturday, May 23, for day use only in certain areas. Overnight camping will be prohibited in the first phase, and the only trails open will be those accessible from Skyline Drive. The park said in a statement here that boundary trailheads, such as the Appalachian Trail, will remain closed, along with visitors centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants. AT shelters in the park remain closed. ... The post Shenandoah Park Begins Reopening, but not for Overnight Use appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
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