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Finding Your Spirit Trail

Author: Jennifer Pharr Davis There are long distance trails all over the country – and the world. And, no two long distance trails are the same. So how do you pick the one that’s right for you? All too often, hikers chose a long trail simply because it’s popular or because their friend wants to hike...

5 Ways To Prepare For A Thru-Hike

So you’ve got a thru-hike planned for this summer and you’re deep into planning. In the cold dark months of winter, hikers dream of alpine lakes and sunshine, but combing through the million pieces of information to get in place before you start your trip can feel daunting. Where do you even start to...

How To Hike In The Winter

By Aaron Karns Cold weather can be a huge deterrent to taking a hike in the winter months. This should not be the case, however. Winter offers some of the most spectacular and jaw-dropping views that cannot be seen when it is sunny and 75°. When it is cold, however, different precautions are required...

10 Things Learned On The Oregon Desert Trail

By Whitney La Ruffa From September 1st to September 30th this year I thru-hiked the Oregon Desert Trail, a 750-mile route created by the Oregon Natural Desert Association which highlights the wild desert of my home state. The route is roughly 9% trail, 35% cross-country, and 51% unpaved/dirt...

The Top 5 Mistakes Thru Hikers Make

By: Jennifer Pharr Davis Making mistakes is a healthy part of any thru hike. You can’t successfully backpack over 2,000 miles without making tweaks and adjustments to your original plan. Whether it be your itinerary, gear, or mindset something along the route will be forced to change if you want...

Highlights Of A Hiking Trip To New Zealand

By Christine Martens New Zealand is famous for its amazing scenery (featured in Lord of the Rings) and multitude of hiking trails.  Hiking tracks in New Zealand fall into several different categories. There are Great Walks, Easy Tramping Tracks, Advanced Tramping Tracks, and Tramping Routes.   There...