Discover America's Long Trails in 2020

Will "Akuna" Robinson

Thru-Hiker Heroes: Will "Akuna" Robinson

Akuna's path to the Triple Crown led through battles with PTSD, a failed attempt on the PCT—and a few life-changing friendships.


Thru-Hiker Heroes: Andrew “Reptar” Forestell

Sometimes, your plans fall through. If you're Reptar, you just pack your bags and roll with it.

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Thru-Hiker Heroes: Zelzin “Quetzal” Aketzalli

She came to the US to hike the best long trails it had to offer. Now, the first known Mexican national to finish the Triple Crown wants to bring the thru-hiking experience back home.

Essential Thru-Hiking Skills

Get ready for the longest hike of your life with advice from trail veterans, personal trainers, nutritionists, and more.


Meal Planning for Thru-Hikes

Power your thru-hike with the right food, snacks, and resupplies for the long haul.


Find Your Perfect Long Trail Pace

Hike with efficiency, speed, and intention, and you’re sure to accomplish your thru-hiking goals. Here’s how to plan your pace and fight lollygagging tendencies to reach the terminus before winter does.

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How to Train for a Thru-Hike

Go from couch potato to trail monster with these simple tips from a personal trainer.

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Master the Basics of Thru-Hiking

You don’t have to be a planner to start a thru-hike, but you’ll turn into one if you want to finish.

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The Ultimate Continental Divide Trail Packing List

Gear up for the United States' toughest long path with these expert picks.


The Ultimate PCT Packing List

Headed out on the Pacific Crest Trail? Expert thru-hiker Liz “Snorkel” Thomas breaks down the gear you’ll need, with help from BACKPACKER Gear Editor Eli Bernstein.

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The Ultimate Appalachian Trail Packing List

Get ready for your AT thru-hike with this gear checklist from expert thru-hiker Liz "Snorkel" Thomas and BACKPACKER Gear Editor Eli Bernstein.