Thru-Hiking

Meet 8 Southbound PCT Thru-Hikers

In 2013, the Pacific Crest Trail Association issued 53 southbound permits. In 2014 they issued 430. This year, they’re expecting several hundred SOBO thru-hikers. So who are these rare hikers? We hit the trail to find out. Read More...
Backpackers along the South Rim

The Best Backpacking Packs of 2018

Whether you're headed out for an overnight or a thru-hike, a pack that fits your body’s specific shape and size can make all the difference between a joyful journey or a suffering slog in the backcountry. This article tells you what to look for and offers suggestions for the best backpacking packs of 2018. Read More...
Evolution Basin on the PCT

The Joys of Section Hiking

Many backpackers dream of spending weeks—or even months—on trail. But most folks can’t swing the time commitment required to thru-hike classics like the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail. The solution? Learn to embrace the joys of section hiking. Read More...