For Beginners

The Difference Between Thru-Hiking and Backpacking

Is there a difference between thru-hiking and backpacking

Thru-hiking is a very-specialized form of backpacking that’s more focused on long distance and high daily mileage in order to complete a trail within a given time frame than most backpackers who take weekend or weeklong trips. It’s kind of like the difference between a Greyhound who’s bred for racing and a German Shepard …

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The Pleasures of Peakbagging

Bondcliff, White Mountains

I became a peakbagger sort of by accident, but I am a full fledged convert and climb a lot of mountains year-round on day hikes and backpacking trips. It all started when I hiked the New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Trail. That 160 mile stretch of trail runs over dozens …

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Winter Hiking Safety Tips

Snowshoeing up the Polecat Trail

Winter can be a dangerous time to hike or camp in the backcountry, but with planning and proper preparation, a winter hike can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Please keep the following in mind when planning an outing: For safety, never hike alone in winter. The potential consequences are …

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You Know You’re a Hiker When….

You know you’re a hiker when… when you look at a bar of chocolate in the store and put it back because it doesn’t have enough calories. when you measure everything in your life in liters and grams. when you can accurately judge your mileage after walking all day. when your …

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