After finding her love for the trail, Welcome used hiking to process some of the most challenging moments of her life.
Authorities theorize that toxic algae might be behind incident.
Erika Jostad will take up the post immediately.
This descent into this Wind River Range highlight is one no hiker will ever forget.
The Roofnest Falcon XL is simple to set up and offers plenty of livable space.
From indestructible socks to mood-boosting snacks, these are what made the cut.
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Thomas has thru-hiked more than 20 long trails, including the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails (the Triple Crown). On top of that, she set a fastest known time on the AT for an unsupported woman and has completed dozens of urban thru-hikes as well. Now, she's joining Backpacker as a contributing editor. Here’s some of Thomas’s best advice and insight fed by more than 20,000 trail miles.
Two fair-weather enthusiasts tear down their fear of the fourth season.
A globetrotter reflects on a place that stopped him in his tracks.
"It's a parka for your melon!"
Big and beefy carabiners
A harness that's great for both beginners and experts
The ultimate splitboard set-up
Thanks to specially treated leather on the palms and fingertips, these gloves are gadget friendly...but still warm.
Two-layer insulated mitts lined with both synthetic fill and fleece.
Great winter climbing gloves thanks to a Gore-Tex lining and EVA padding across the knuckles.
Climb dunes, find instant solitude, camp atop riverside bluffs, ascend to surprising above-treeline views, and hike along the St. Croix River.
Keep all your equipment in one place with this durable ski and snowboard bag.