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Section Hiker Long Sleeve T-Shirt Raffle: Why Do You Read Section Hiker?

It’s been a good year at Section Hiker and I couldn’t really ask for a better job than hanging around with other hikers, going on lots of hikes, and getting to try out all kinds of hiking gear.

I want to thank you, my readers, this week by giving away three (3) Long Sleeve Section Hiker T-shirts, one to each of three randomly selected winners.

All Section Hiker T-Shirts and Hoodies are on Sale at 40-60% OFF this month, so if you’re looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers, be sure to pick up a few for friends and family. The proceeds from these shirts and sweaters goes to a noble cause (supporting my hiking habit.)

To Enter:

Leave a comment below about why you read the Section Hiker Blog. Like any writer, I’m interested in why you visit this website, the kinds of articles you enjoy the most, and what kind of content I should add to the mix.

  • What kind of posts do you like best?
  • Do you like my de-hyped product reviews?
  • Do my instructional articles help you?
  • What about my trip reports?
  • Do you like reading the comments that other peope leave?
  • Do you find the reader polls provocative and educational?
  • Do you like the haiku raffles?
  • Do you enjoy my guest post series?


  • All raffle entrants will have one chance to win.
  • Three winners will be selected randomly from all valid entries.
  • The prize winner can live anywhere that has postal service (including international.)
  • If you have any questions, leave a comment.

Deadline to Enter

The deadline to enter is this Friday, Dec 13th at midnight PST.

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48 Responses to Section Hiker Long Sleeve T-Shirt Raffle: Why Do You Read Section Hiker?

  1. Evan Chartier December 11, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    I read section hiker for several reasons. To be honest, I love that you write every day. I get the email update daily, just after midnight, and it is an awesome break from studying. Some other blogs who write randomly are much more difficult to follow. The haiku raffles are pretty great too! As a GG Trail Ambassador, I also feel that it is an important aspect of my duties to be as up to date on hiking related news as possible. Between your blog and BPL I get my daily (sometimes hourly!) procrastination break and brain food. Thank you!!

    • Billy Oakdale Bathgate December 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Honest and well written gear reviews.

      • Gary Bowen (@kamrawerk) December 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

        If I am not hiking this is where like to be. Section Hiker reminds me of Backpacker Mag back in the 70s before Ziff Davis took over.

  2. Grandpa December 11, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Just about all of them. I enjoy the gear reviews (see next question) and the trip reports (see a few questions down).

    Yes… and you’ve cost me a bunch of money the last few years! However, I consider it dollars well spent–just don’t tell my wife.

    You mean I’m supposed to learn something from all this. Yes, I have.

    Love them. I get some vicarious hikes in and fuel my seeds of discontent, forcing me back to the mountains. Probably the trip reports that I’m least interested in (but I read them anyway) are the bushwhacks. I’ve been whacked by so many bushes that I prefer trails, although my senses do leave me fairly often and when that happens, I do with the trail what my senses have done with me.

    I love the comments and I learn from them also.

    You have reader polls? So that’s what The Great PCT Mountain Bike War was about! That one was certainly provocative and it educated me on a number of angles on that issue that I hadn’t thought of, which only served to muddle my thinking so much that I still don’t know what my opinion is.

    Do I like haiku?
    I need long sleeve hiker shirt.
    Yes, I really want!

    I didn’t have time to read the guest posts the other times you had them, however, I did read them this last time you hiked the TGO Challenge. It made me wish I’d read the others. I also really enjoyed the interaction in the comments from the guest posters.

    I’ve gained a friend from reading your blog. Someday, maybe we’ll actually meet!

  3. Tristan December 11, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    You do a great job, and I enjoy nearly all of the content you have on your blog, so keep that in mind as I say what I’m about to say here. I don’t like the trip reports. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all just another bushwhack up another big hill with the same scenery (trees). I’d love it if you published trip reports from elsewhere in the US and the world. I realize that you can’t go everywhere and hike everything (and I don’t expect you to devote equal amounts of coverage to areas that aren’t in your backyard), but it would be great if you solicited trip reports from other people who hike in other areas. I could not care less about another obscure Appalachian summit or bushwhack. I’m sure there are readers who would love nothing more than more of these trip reports, but I am not one of those people, and you did ask for feedback. Just my two cents.

    Overall, though, you’ve got the best hiking blog out there. I do enjoy the polls, comments, product reviews, and gear articles. Keep up the great work.

  4. Ed December 11, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    What kind of posts do you like best?
    Hard to say I think a variety of post is best. If I had to pick maybe the Instructional articles would edge out the trip reports but only by a little.

    Do you like my de-hyped product reviews?
    Every time I read one I wonder if being so frank endangers your chances of being given product to review. Your reviews are far better than the standard that sounds like marketing copy rewritten in first person.

    Do my instructional articles help you?
    Yes, I can always learn something. [the corollary would be I need to learn a lot]

    What about my trip reports?
    Particularly the bushwhacking reports. To often hiking blogs are along the line of, “me and a few others in our 20’s are going to take $10,000 in equipment and spend the next 90 days hiking all the 20,000+ peaks in the Andes.” Your trips are something I could actually do.

    Do you like reading the comments that other peope leave?
    yes see next answer

    Do you find the reader polls provocative and educational?
    yes. well reasoned debate has helped shape and even change my views. Who knew you could use the internet for reasoned anything.

    Do you like the haiku raffles?
    I believe that the reason I haven’t won on is that my poetry is so mechanical and poor that the universe refuses to let me win a random event. My goal for 2014 is to write at least one haiku that does on offend the universe.

    Do you enjoy my guest post series
    Can’t say one jumps out at me, color me neutral.

  5. afenn1 December 11, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I really enjoy reading SectionHiker because you have something new everyday. Many other hiker blogs go days or weeks with nothing. I also like your trip reports because they are close enough to me (in CT) to give me ideas for hikes of my own. I would like to see some areas outside the White Mountains though. Your gear reviews have been most helpful in some of my purchases. All in all great job and I look forward to reading and learning more.

  6. Kay Scarbo December 11, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    gear porn…..

  7. Pete December 11, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Love your product reviews and the trip reports from the AT. I follow this blog via RSS, so I read just about every post that comes out when it comes out. Thanks for the great source of info!!

  8. Marco December 11, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    What kind of posts do you like best?

    Do you like my de-hyped product reviews?
    Sure, but I worry sometimes about weight. I am a pretty well dedicated UL hiker. I don’t really remember the last time I went out with more than 10 pounds base.

    Do my instructional articles help you?
    Sure, I am always willing to learn.

    What about my trip reports?
    Ditto. Example: The Long Trail post was real good and has some good tips about the trail.

    Do you like reading the comments that other peope leave?
    Yup. Agree, disagree, or neutral. Everyone can have his say. Excelent moderation!

    Do you find the reader polls provocative and educational?
    Yup. Some have changed the way I think about things.

    Do you like the haiku raffles?
    I would say not so much on this one. But that’s me.

    Do you enjoy my guest post series?
    Yes. You seem to find good people, knowledgable, and enjoyable.

    Overall, this is an excellent site, with some great people, including yourself.

  9. marti038 December 11, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I like it because I am a section hiker. Most things I read on the web seem to be directed at AT thru hikers or the like. The posts are well written and helpful. The haiku raffles are entertaining as well.

  10. Bob December 11, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Keep up the great work. I have enjoyed reading your site for years now. Its my break in the morning to get to read about your trips and gear reviews. The trip reports are always very entertaining and informative. I couldn’t write a haiku to save my life so, no I’m not a fan of those for a raffle.

  11. Jefferson December 11, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    First off, you have fresh content. Most hiking blogs are sparsely populated. Most of the content is relative to many kinds of hikers. Your gear reviews and tutorials are well-written and cover a variety of subjects. I really like tarp and hammock articles. The haiku raffles are fun. I like the guest posts. I often read comments to glean wisdom from those who’ve seen and done what I have not. Great site…one of my favorites.

  12. Wayne ramsey December 11, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I get my taste of the outdoors when i cant be in it.

  13. Tom Hart December 11, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    I love to read your thoughtful comments on things.

  14. Louis Brooks December 11, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Great gear reviews and trip reports.

  15. Marla Holmes December 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    You have the best hiking blog out there! I especially like the gear reviews because they are objective and thorough.

  16. Andree December 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    Gear Reports and tips on Backpacking, nice articles that are well researched. Thank you for providing such a great service. Your fellow backpacker!! Andree

  17. John_M December 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    The things that I like best best about your blog are the honest commentary about the gear you use, trip reports and attitude of responsible stewardship while hiking and camping. I also enjoy and have utilized several of the instructional articles you have posted. Thanks!

  18. Dennis A. Cooley December 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I’ll make it short. :) I like to read about your hiking adventures, look at the pics and your gear reviews.

  19. Nick December 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I like them because they are short and sweet and to the point, easy read and great information from a like minded person, thanks and please keep up the great work, I enjoy it too.

  20. twogearguys December 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I can’t help myself, I not only read every article that SectionHiker posts on Facebook, I have to share it too. I enjoy doing gear reviews myself, but I approach them from a normal joe shmoe point of view. When I read the gear reviews and instructional articles on this site, I feel like they are written by somebody who knows what they are doing and bring a bit of expertise to the table. In short, I feel like the information here is well researched and tested, and is therefore very reliable. I suck a poetry, so I never enter the gear haiku contests, although I should, since the gear you give away is fantastic. I loved the article on how to use the bathroom in the woods while also leaving no trace, and i used it as the foundation for a comic i drew recently: ‘How to Drop a Deuce in the Woods’.
    Charles Spurgeon once said “He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.” So, it only makes good sense to read about the experiences of other people, so you can learn from their successes and failures. So please keep on writing, it’s proven to be such a wealth of good information for me, time and time again.

    • Philip Werner December 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      I am in need of a cartoonist – we should talk offline.

  21. Steve M December 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Postings every day
    Trip reports that inspire dreams
    What comes tomorrow?

  22. Dave Newlun December 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Enjoy the gear reviews…The hiking journals are the best and I always like to spend time reading the posts and I always learn something new…Keep up the good work…

  23. DIP December 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Thank you Mr Werner for all of your kind words and trail stories…….. I read Section Hiker because it puts me out of my comfort zone sometimes…..then I have to make that trip and follow a trail or path that I read about……or YOU wrote about Thanks DIP

  24. Dan December 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    I read Section Hiker for the variety of topics related to hiking in all seasons, and the gear reviews, which are excellent. The reviews are clearly written, formatted well, and done in a professional way. When purchasing a product, I’ve noticed myself coming to Section Hiker to see if you’ve reviewed it before doing anything else. If you have, you’ve tested it in the area I’m hiking too.

    Your blog is engaging with the raffles and polls, and is neatly organized with all of the varying topics I’m referring to on the right navigation list.

    While you do put up a posting every day, sometimes its not always clear if the article is a re-post of an older article – sometimes it is. That’s a minor minor thing…as others have said, Section Hiker is one of the best out there, and I’ve learned a lot of valuable information since I started reading

    Thank you!

    • Philip Werner December 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

      While I post links to previous articles from SectionHiker on Facebook and Twitter that I think are seasonably relevant, I don’t republish previous articles on the SectionHiker blog unless I’ve made a substantial revision/update. The morning post on Facebook and Twitter is always a new article and the afternoon is generally a link to a 3rd party web site or a previous SectionHiker post that has evergreen content which stays fresh even though it may have been written a year or two ago.

      I might add – I read your blog frequently. You put up some awesome hikes and videos. I love that stuff.

      • Dan December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

        Thanks Philip, and thanks for clarifying my feedback for others. I should have noted in my comment that I was aware you sometimes revise your posts when you re-post them. I’ve started to do that on some old trip reports of mine to limit the “noise”. Looking at your Facebook Page again, I now see the New Post: wording which you have been doing for new posts to your blog. It must have been a few specific posts, not so recently, where I couldn’t tell when they were written. This means it must have been a perfect evergreen content post!

        • Philip Werner December 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

          I’ve written 1600 posts since starting SectionHiker in 2007, so some revising is necessary to keep the web site current. I look at most of my content as referential rather than newsy – in fact I hate newsy sites – and try to write about topics that will remain relevant for at least 5 years or more.

  25. Bruce aka old man December 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I’m living vicariously through your trip posts and my bug out bag is filled with gear from your reviews,

  26. Gerry Volpe December 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Your blog is one of my favorite. It is really nice to know that I can count on one each week day. With a two year old my adventures of the moment are somewhat limited so I rely on the internet to feed my imagination. My favorite posts are skills/techniques and trip reports. I like gear reviews well enough. I do enjoy reading the comments, they are often very interesting. As an enthusiastic though intermediate backcountry skier I look forward to following your journey in that arena. I really like that you focus on the east it is where we are and there are plenty that focus on other regions. It would be cool to read a little more about other regions in the north east especially winter stuff. ADKs and Baxter in particular. All in all an excellent blog keep up the good work.

  27. Thomas Murphy December 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    What kind of posts do you like best?

    Bushwhacks trip reports, evolution of your hiking style/choices, long term gear reviews, seasonal gear lists

  28. Robert N December 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    A long sleeve Section Hiker shirt. Who could resist!

    I like the trip reports and the gear reviews, which are very thorough and well founded. I also like that you continually introduce us to new products and techniques of interest. And I was particularly fond of the articles on the TGO challenge. The links to manufacturers and websites are also extremely useful. I’m less interested in the haiku or the polls.

    Keep up the good work!

  29. eddie s December 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    I read Section Hiker for I have learned no matter how many trails and trail miles you have hiked there is always something new to learn! I value the unbiased equipment reviews and enjoy having the ability to question anything written without having to fear that your post will be “moderated” for not having the same view as the author or tester and as on some sites “banned” when catching a paid equipment commentor or company representive pretending to be an ordinary poster. Also the fact that the Author actully spends a lot of time on the trail using the equipment instead of a couple of paid days out in a local State Park with the fact in mind that the equipment they are testing provides the advertising for the organization you work for and therefore your salary depends on that review being rather favorable when in fact the item just may not be all as it should be so I feel the reviews here are far more creditable than that once venerable magazine of yore and as you might guess the equipment reviews are my favorite for I must confess I am a genuine equipment addict..

    • Philip Werner December 12, 2013 at 12:08 am #

      eddie – I’m real glad to have you as a reader. you’ve added a lot to the conversation and community here over the years.

  30. Grumpy Old Man December 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    I love the honest gear reviews, the trip reports, the guest columns, and the sense of community in the comments. And there is always something new being posted.

  31. RayL December 12, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    I read a bunch of hiking, gear, technique sites before stumbling onto Section Hiker. Your open honest approach to what works and why or (more importantly) why it does not work as advertised caught my attention. Then I read your trip articles and found that I enjoy your observations and writing style. Makes me feel like I am there. Your willingness to share something of yourself takes courage in this day & age but it makes the site feel welcoming…even to a newbie . Being new to all this I devoured your for beginners post. Then went and bought a lot of the items you recommend. Then I took them out and tried them to find – lo and behold – they work just like you said they would. Thank you!

    I have also learned a bunch from others who have posted here.

  32. Brian December 12, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    I like your insightful gear reviews

  33. Ed December 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I enjoy the perspective of someone who hikes a _lot_.

  34. Jer McLaren December 12, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Very interesting read. Adding things to bucket list. Living vicariously.

  35. December 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Gear reviews and techniques are the main reason I keep coming back. I’ll probably never bushwhack, so i read those less. Haikus I do not care for. Guest posts are cool.

  36. Kris December 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    I read Section Hiker because it’s a regular, well written hiking blog. I really enjoy your trip reports, particularly the bushwhacking reports recently since I am just getting into NH bushwhacking myself. The gear posts are great as well and I’ve found several very useful for items that I’ve been in the market for (right now I’m looking into tents, so the UL shelter series was very helpful).

    I always enter the haiku raffles, though I’m not very poetic. My theory is that you’re gathering them all to publish a hiking haiku book in the future ;)

    Thanks for taking the time to write every day, it’s always an enjoyable read.

  37. Thomas McGlinchey December 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    I am an older hiker, trying to get back into the swing of being able to move around, including some up and down! So, I like the tips on how to develop physically, what kind of gear can assist in keeping pressure off the knees and back, proper foot gear and care, and other things for someone whose goal is to be able to do some of the longer hikes available in NY State. Thanks for the info.

  38. Glenn December 13, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I first visited your site while researching a backpack a few years ago. I really enjoy the gear reviews and also the Haiku contests.

    Since I can’t get out that often I enjoy the trip reports. The north eastern terrain is vastly different than the midwest. Peak bagging intrigues me and I would like to give it a try someday.

  39. Chris December 15, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Missed out on the contest, but as a proud owner of a t-shirt I’m glad the awesome sectionhiker name has been disseminated to a deserving reader! Great, great blog. A part of my daily read ritual.

    What kind of posts do you like best?
    Love the gear reviews as a gear nut. I am starting to do more hiking in the Whites as a coworker friend of mine is a GRIDiot and has been inviting me on hikes. So, the trip reports are great as well. It is really useful to be able to search your site for areas you have visited that I am about to explore myself. Great insight and fun to see your high quality pictures as well.

    Do you like my de-hyped product reviews?
    Yes. Excellent and your format has been refined so it is easy to compare products in the same category. I also appreciate when you use tables to show similarities and differences between manufacturers offerings. Also really like videos you have done with some products and hope you continue to do them. I also appreciate and enjoy reading posts about the outdoor industry in general like your takeaways from Outdoor Retailer (good, bad & ugly) or what certain companies are doing, like Golites choice to only sell direct to customers online. Keep up the creative April Fools product reviews as well (oops, sorry, cat is out if the bag). I love similar aspects of the blog and your entities that give sectionhiker true character. Not just another run of the mill blog doing gear reviews.

    Do my instructional articles help you?
    Absolutely. Great stuff. I love how everything is brought down to a “I can understand this as a beginner” level.

    What about my trip reports?
    Yup, as mentioned above, I like the varied nature of them. And as someone who lives in the northeast I love visiting or mentally revisiting the places you write about.

    Do you like reading the comments that other peope leave?
    Yes, often adds to the conversation and can really get some interesting debates started. I do, on rare occasion, find your moderation to be slightly snarky if your opinion varies from a poster or if they aren’t understanding your response to a question. Wouldn’t be a blog, if that wasn’t the case sometimes, I suppose. You obviously have a great community or readers and it rally adds to the value of the site in general. Your moderation is more often than not, excellent, and you are great at replying to comments and questions.

    Do you find the reader polls provocative and educational?
    Yes. It is great to get some insight on issues nd debtes that I did not fully think about in the first place.

    Do you like the haiku raffles?
    Yes! Fun and creative. And always great to have a chance to win cool stuff!

    Do you enjoy my guest post series?
    Yup! Mixes it up!

    • Philip Werner December 15, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Chris – glad you’re a regular!

  40. Philip Werner December 15, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Contacted the raffle winners last night. Grandpa and Pete won – and just waiting on the third to reply before I announce who they are publicly. Thanks for all the great feedback!

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