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Starting a 2,000-plus-mile journey can be daunting. Luckily, you have some help: Liz “Snorkel” Thomas, a Triple Crowner, teacher, and FKT holder for the Appalachian Trail. This month, Liz is returning to answer your biggest questions about life on long trails. To celebrate, we’ve collected eight of her most popular columns, all available to Outside+ members; check back soon for new advice and answers.
What’s the Biggest Mistake Beginners Make?
Master the shakedown for a smoother trek. Read the full story.
Should I Carry a Gun on the Trail?
If you’re thinking of bringing a firearm on a long trail, there are a few things you need to be aware of first. Read the full story.
What’s the Triple Crown of Hiking?
Ticking these three prestigious trails off your list is worth the time—but it’ll take a lot of it. Read the full story.
What Are The Best Long Trails I Can Do Over a Vacation?
Reality check: Not everyone can quit their jobs to hike the PCT. But if you have a week or two of vacation, you can complete one of these. Read the full story.
How Much Does a Thru-Hike Cost?
Sure, you’d like to take half a year off to hike a long trail. But how do you pay for it? Our resident thru-hiker answers. Read the full story.
Should I Hike in Boots or Trail Runners?
Going lighter can be easier on your feet—but it comes at a cost. Read the full story.
What Are the Heaviest Gear Mistakes That New Thru-Hikers Make?
Bringing the wrong kind of clothes or food is a quick ticket to a hefty pack—but don’t go too far. Read the full story.
What Should I Eat on a Long Trail?
There’s calorie density, nutritional profile, and bulk to consider. But when it comes to packing food for a thru-hike, one thing will always hold true: it has to taste good enough to eat. Read the full story.