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  1. When someone says, "tell me about yourself", these could be potential reasons why I'm not the worst person to waste time with. Here's a little insight into who I am and what I'm about! The post My Vibe: Ice Cream Sandwiches & Sheryl Crow appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  2. The US Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a dispute over a proposed natural gas pipeline that would tunnel under the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, with justices seeming to favor allowing the pipeline to be built. The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina, and would pass 600 feet under the AT in George Washington National Forest. At the heart of the dispute is who controls the land the pipeline would cross: the US Forest Service or the National Park Service. ... The post Supreme Court Appears Favorable to Pipeline Under AT appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  3. Thru-hiking season has started and we’ve all probably started following along (via The Trek of course)! Preparing for a thru-hike attempt has many different parts, and those moving parts are becoming more real as I close in on my own departure in April. Now is a good time to address some of the “other” areas that go along with a thru-hike. In my introduction blog post, I joke that I’m hiking “the Appalachian Trail as part of a carefully-planned mid-life ‘crisis’”. ... The post Ready to thru-hike? Preparing to put my life on hold appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  4. MSR’s Lightning Ascent snowshoes have been helping hikers navigate four-season conditions for years. Weighing in around four pounds, the Ascents are widely considered among the lightest and grippiest offerings on the market. The weight savings, aggressive multi-directional traction, and much-professed comfort of the Ascents hold a lot of appeal for long-distance hikers contemplating the possibility of deep snow. If you have to lug several pounds of traction and flotation along with you, you might as well make sure they’re the slickest, ... The post Gear Review: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  5. I have no idea, but this is what the Kinsmans looked like in November, For us NOBOs, the Kinsmans are the second thing you encounter in the Whites, after Mossilauke. They are formidable. Rocky and Steep and the descent down Fishin’ Jimmy on the other side is no walk in the park. Well, technically it is because you are in Franconia Notch State Park, but you catch my drift. The reward at the bottom is a visit to the Lonesome Lake Hut. ... The post How did the White Mountains get their name? appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  6. A rain jacket is pretty much non-negotiable as part of your thru-hiking kit, like a down or synthetic jacket. Sure, it might stay stuffed in your pack during the dry parts of the trail, but once the rainy section hits, you’ll be glad to deploy this critical piece of gear. Your rain jacket will also protect from wind and help keep your core warm when the temperature drops. Remember that there is no perfect rain jacket out there, ... The post The Best Rain Jackets for Backpackers of 2020 appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  7. As snow continues to fall upon my doorstep in Denver, a few brave thru-hikers have begun to lay their footprints on the Appalachian Trail. 2020 brings a new year of prospective thru-hikers into our long-distance hiking community and along with it, their photographic journeys. Brace yourself for the beauty, struggle, hilarity, and inspiration that is the AT. Welcome back, weekly Instagram roundup… oh how we’ve missed you. This week’s photos were taken from February 17 to February 23, ... The post This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  8. What still boasts my anxiety to neurotic levels is this question - "to drop or not to drop" - this is my solution! The post To Drop or Not to Drop – That is the Question! appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  9. My name is Will. I live in sunny and heavily developed Orange County, CA. I’ll be hiking Pacific Crest Crest Trail this year. I’ll start in the middle of March with my dog Duke or George Hayduke (Edward Abbey reference not a Hayduke trail reference) if he’s snagged food from the table again. Most of my hike will be by “myself”. Duke will section hike roughly 1,000 miles of PCT with me. I don’t feel it’s responsible to have Duke in the Mojave desert sections or the Sierra. ... The post 23 days to go or is it 24? appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  10. Why I finally took the leap and decided to hike the Appalachian Trail The post No Time Is Perfect, So Why Not Now? appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  11. I’ve been researching gear since well before I committed to my hike. It’s become a full-blown hobby, and it’s been so fun to have so many options for everything. The post Third(!) Sleeping Pad’s a Charm? appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  12. By the end of summer, I had the hiking bug. We had spent one glorious week in Acadia National Park, hiking, swimming and picking huckleberries to our hearts content. (Don’t know what a huckleberry is? Check it out here). I had never been to Maine in June, and returned home with black-fly bites to prove it. I was craving a new adventure and under my office’s florescent lights plotted my way back to the trails. For my first solo backpacking trip, ... The post Solo Hiking the Laurel Highlands appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
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    Why not.

    Finally an answer my "why are you going to hike 2,200 miles". To my friends and family (and honestly, some strangers), here is the best answer as of now. The post Why not. appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  14. It’s taken a few days for my mind to adjust to a life away from work. It really began to hit me on the fourth day of training. As I was leaving Gooch Mountain Shelter, I checked the weather and saw that a combination of rain and snow was in the next day’s forecast. I can do cold, I can do wet, but I’m not keen on cold and wet. With 16 miles between me and a warm bed at Neel Gap, ... The post Taking it slow appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
  15. Is Social Media Hurting the PCT? In the year 2013 the Pacific Coast Trail Association issued 1,879 permits. Jump ahead to just five years later in the year 2018 and that permit number increased to 7,313 issued in total. That is roughly an increase of 6,000 people acquiring permits guys. 6,000! And when you dare to think about twenty years ago in the PCT history when the hiking classes averaged in the 20s; the influx of bodies on the trail is staggering. ... The post Social Media – the New PCT Bible appeared first on The Trek. View the full article
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