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The Darn Tough Sock Guarantee

Darn Tough Warranty Form (Click to download PDF)

Hikers swear by Darn Tough’s wool socks because they last forever. Darn Tough even guarantees them for life, and will send you a replacement pair if you wear them out. I bought 6 pairs of Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks three years ago and I’ve worn them almost continuously since for …

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How to Report a Missing Hiker

Search and Rescue Call out

You’ve written a hiking trip plan and left it with a responsible adult. But you’re overdue and possibly incapacitated. Who should they call to activate a search and rescue effort to come looking for you? The answer might not be as obvious as you think. In the United States, the …

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New Years Resolutions – 2017

Happy New Year from SectionHiker

I find it helpful to write a set of New Year’s resolutions each year about the things I want to learn and accomplish during the next 12 months. Since my life and work revolve around hiking, backpacking, camping, and writing, I get to set goals that are both fun and which …

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The Trail Magic Dollmaker: Arlette Laan’s Fiber Arts

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

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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Mouse Mobiles

Mouse-Proof Food Hangs at Moose Mountain Shelter, New Hampshire Appalachian Trail-

When I was a kid, my mom got me interested in making mobiles, you know, kinetic hanging art. To this day, that’s what I think about whenever I see mouse hangs, or whatever they’re called, in Appalachian Trail Shelters. First the basics: It’s spring and the mice are hungry. If …

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