Beginner hikers often overpack and overprepare. But as Maggie Slepian learned the hard way, experienced hikers have their own special way of messing up.
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Thru-hiking is for everyone—but if you really want to build your life around the trail, some careers make it easier than others.
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If you haven’t snagged a reservation to the growing list of timed-entry parks, it might seem like a trip there this summer is out of the cards. But fret not—we found some legal ways to visit.
We talked to Leave No Trace about the best ways to bushwhack.
It’s February, which means you’d better start reserving campsites for August now. We have a few tips for you.
Through thick and thin, health and injury, long slogs and zero days, your trail family will be there for you.
In 5 months, a new class of thru-hikers will start the trip of a lifetime. If you hope to be one of them, there are a few things you should start doing now.
We already know that backpacking is better for the planet than other forms of travel. But how much better, exactly? And can we make hiking even greener?
Some destinations may still be closed to US travelers, but that just means you have more time to plot out the perfect trek. Start planning now for the hike of a lifetime.
In a pinch, they can can keep you going—but only if we all do our part.
Buy, ship, or check hiker boxes and just hope for the best? Here's how to keep your stove running on your thru-hike.
Before you head out on a thru-hike, set expectations at home and at work, and make sure that everyone knows what to do when trouble arises.
From training to planning, prep right to maximize your chances of going the distance.
Ditch summer camp for these five excellent adventures, where young women gain wilderness skills and the confidence to use them from real outdoor role models.
Going on a long hike is complicated under the best of circumstances—but kids and a partner open up a whole new world of challenges.
Have the thru-hike itch, but don't want to ditch your career? A short long trail may be just what you need.
The trail can be a challenging place for parents and kids. Set aside your expectations of how a hike should go and learn what you can.