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One Night Wonders: Little Kids, Sages Ravine

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Splash in swimming holes.

Heroes: Bob Peoples, 68

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This tireless trail angel is firing up a new generation of backcountry stewards.

Readers' Choice 2012: Reader Leader Contest Winners

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More than 150 of you entered our contest to become a BACKPACKER field scout. Meet the winners.

Readers' Choice 2012: Appalachian Trail, 100-Mile Wilderness, ME

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Tackle the Northeast's most remote wilds for bears, moose, and berries.

International Appalachian Trail, Quebec - Readers Choice 2012

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Find caribou, moose, and bald eagles on a hut-to-hut trek in an undiscovered park.

Readers' Choice 2012: Top 3 - Southeast Hikes

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Our prolific map contributor has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and notched more than 90 bag nights while scouting routes for BACKPACKER.

Trail Master: Q & A with record-breaking thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis

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Having just broken the speed record for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Jennifer Pharr Davis sits down to discuss gear, preparation, and the joy of a stellar hike.

Madman Walking?

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Warren Doyle has hiked the Appalachian Trail 16 times, and he has a no-fee plan guaranteed to help others complete the 2,180-mile trek. The hardest part? Hiking with Warren Doyle.

Local Hikes: Southeast

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Hike these long trails in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, and paddle three days in the Everglades backcountry.

The High Life: Hiking Utah's Highline Trail

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Watch your step on Utah' Highline Trail. The nonstop views and rampant wildlife are distractingly spectacular. Plus: Gaze away on 9 more elevated hikes.

Local Hikes: Southeast

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Ascend Rocky Top in Tennessee; spot herons and Pelicans in a Florida bayou.

Rip & Go: Approach Trail Loop, Chattahoochee National Forest, GA

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Relax in a hiker-friendly lodge at the Appalachian Trail's southern tip.

Local Hikes: Roanoke, VA

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The best hikes near Roanoke, VA.

Local Hikes: Asheville, NC

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The best hikes near Asheville, NC.

Secret Hikes: Appalachian Trail

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The last lonely stretch of the AT beckons from the mountains of western Maine.

Secret Hikes of the National Parks

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The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.

Hike America's Long Trails

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We know. You've always wanted to hike a long trail. Lucky for you, we've got the comprehensive guides to make your dreams a reality. Check out the best sections and dayhikes along the AT, PCT and CDT. PLUS: See how four hikers beat the recession...by hiking through it.

American Classic: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

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In this ultimate guide to the country's favorite footpath, you'll find our picks for the best hiking and camping, and a complete plan for thru-hikers. Plus, meet a man who has made it his job to help AT hikers.

Thru-Hiking the Recession

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The upside to being downsized? Having time to hit the nation's long trails.

Rip & Go: Pennsylvania's Appalachian Trail - From Wind Gap to Delaware Water Gap

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Trek to the New Jersey border along PA's finest section of the AT.

Climb This Peak: Katahdin

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This iconic summit shouldn't be rushed. Save the experience on this 33-mile trek.

Best Damn Weekend Ever: Vermont's Bourn Pond-Stratton Pond Loop

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Hike this burly wonder to find out what inspired the Appalachian and Long Trail's founders.

A 2,175-Mile Dayhike: Trekking the Appalachian Trail in One Day

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The Dartmouth Outing Club targets an Appalachian Trail hiking record.

Pack Man: The Appalachian Trail Guru

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Thirty miles up the trail from Springer Mountain, Winton Porter shelters and feeds thru-hikers–and works tirelessly to slash their pack weight.

The Long Trail to Jail

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Is he a pilgrim, a victim, or a thief? The Appalachian Trail provides a path and refuge to all sorts of seekers. Few are as baffling as the man they called Saved.

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Gear List

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We've got your Appalachian Trail packing list dialed. Here, take stock of what you'll need to thru-hike the trail. Just print it out and get packing.

Top 3 Trail-Building Trips

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Want to boost your backcountry karma? Here are three places to hike–and give back.

Backpacker's Readers' Choice Awards 2008

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America's 100 Best Hikes–chosen by you.

The Appalachian Trail's Kittatinny Ridge

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Hike this trail to find peace, stress relief and a tonic to cure your daily routine.

The Appalachian Trail's George Washington National Forest

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Find spectacular views and deep solitude on this weekend hike.

Epicenter: The Scene In Monson, Maine

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Jump off into the North Woods' best wilderness

High Points: Clingmans Dome, Tennessee

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A downright goofy dome marks this highpoint.

High Points: Mt. Rogers, Virginia

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Allow the plants to color the landscape as you make your way along the trail.

High Points: High Point, New Jersey

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You'll find numerous surprises as you explore the lakes, rivers and forests of this highpoint.

Body Of A Backpacker

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It's lean, it's mean, and it can last forever.

Hiking The Mahoosuc Range

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The short but stunning Mahoosuc Range has major-league attractions, like the toughest mile on the Appalachian Trail and conditions that discourage the faint of heart.

Hiking The Eastern Continental Trail

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Say hello to North America's newest long trail.

Best Backpacking In Virginia

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Virginia.

Reader Tip: In The Wick Of Time

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Follow this BACKPACKER reader's tip to get the most out of your candles on the trail.

Best Backpacking In Massachussetts

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Massachusetts.

Best Backpacking In Tennessee

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Tennessee.

Best Backpacking In Maine

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Maine.

Best Backpacking In New Jersey

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in New Jersey.

Best Backpacking In Pennsylvania

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Pennsylvania.

Best Backpacking In Maryland

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Maryland.

Best Backpacking In New Hampshire

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in New Hampshire.

Best Backpacking In Vermont

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Vermont.

Make The Big Jump

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Are you a dayhiker who's ready for an all-nighter? A weekender longing to try a 5-day trek? Or are you ready for a thru-hike? Regardless of your skill level, here's the information you'll need to go that extra mile.

Vermont's Many-Faced Long Trail

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If land has a personality, then Vermont's 270-mile Long Trail is one moody, unpredictable way to hike through New England.

Hiking The Appalachian Trail

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The famed peaks of the Appalachian chain entice some 2,500 people to attempt the thru-hike each year.

Robert Taylor: A True Trailblazer

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Robert Taylor wants African-Americans to know "there's something great out there."

Bill Foot 1946-2000

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The Appalachian Trail community lost a prominent supporter, volunteer, hiker, and maintainer.

Trail Advocate Leaves Legacy Behind

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Appalachian Trail (AT) advocate Edward Garvey, 84, recently died of congestive heart failure at Arlington Hospital in Virginia.

New York's Shower Of Color

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Have your camera ready near dusk, when sunlight warms the landscape with intense color.

Muddy Love In Shenandoah

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All along the 23-mile Shenandoah Mountain trail and in the forested areas throughout the Appalachian Mountains, vernal pools are rich aquatic breeding grounds.

Hiking At A Berry Slow Pace

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Figure on 9 days to do the entire 100-mile hike—unless you're slowed drastically by all the blueberries.

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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Sometimes walking "backward" is the only way to go in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Do A Thru-Hike, Sans Pack

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All it takes is $7,000 and a man named "Pittsburgh" to become a weightless thru-hiker.

Duncan Ridge Trail, Georgia

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Get lost on Georgia's Duncan Ridge Trail.

Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest

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With all of the trail options in Pennsylvania's Michaux State Forest, it's hard to pick just one.

Virginia's Three Ridges

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Hike this gorgeous, mountainous section of Virginia's Appalachian Trail.

Riga Plateau, Appalachian Trail

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Get spectacular Appalachian Trail mountain views without much effort on the Riga Plateau.

Katahdin In One Day

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For some, reaching Maine's Mt. Katahdin is the end of a life-altering 2,100-mile pilgrimage. For others it's a lark. We captured the extremes, and a little bit of everything in between, one day atop Maine's "greatest mountain."

Canada's Appalachian Trail

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Who says the Appalachian Trail has to stop in Maine? Certainly not some plucky Canadians, who're extending the long-trail concept 600 more miles into their homeland.

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