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The Trail Magic Dollmaker: Arlette Laan’s Fiber Arts

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Arlette Laan or ‘Apple Pie’ as she’s known in New Hampshire’s close-knit White Mountain hiking community, is one of the region’s most accomplished hikers. A triple crown hiker who’s completed the AT, CDT, and PCT, among other long trails, she’s the first woman to complete a White Mountain Direttissima, a continuous unsupported …

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How to Tip a Mountain Guide

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Mountain guiding is a service industry, and a mountain guide is really no different from your taxi driver, your waitress, your hairstylist, or any other person or company catering to your wants and needs in the provision of a particular service. In the case of the mountain guide, their service …

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My Independence Day

Philip Werner on Mt Chocorua

I quit my corporate job six years ago today. Up till then I’d told myself that I could put up with all the bullshit “for the money,” but it was eroding my soul. I needed to hike my own hike and follow own my moral compass instead of killing myself to …

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Massdrop and How it Benefits Cottage Manufacturers

The price drops when more people sign up for a deal

Massdrop is an online retailer that sells niche products to enthusiasts at a discount. If you’re not familiar with them you should sign up on their website and check out the member deals that they’re offering. They’re one of the few retailers that sell ultralight backpacking gear at a good …

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How to Get Backpacking Gear Sponsorships

Packit Gourmet Sponsorship Application

Backpacking and outdoor gear companies sponsor hikers and other athletes because it’s a very inexpensive form of advertising. The basic formula goes like this: they give you a piece of free gear or a steep discount on purchases you make through them, and you become a walking billboard for their …

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The History of Section Hiker

Blogging is a Journey

One of my readers, Michael Howard, asked me to write a post about the history of Section Hiker and the lessons I’ve learned about blogging. Michael is thinking about starting his own outdoor blog. In the Beginning Section Hiker isn’t my first blog. I’d started a few others previously in …

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