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Introductory Guides: Thru-Hiking 101

Are you considering a thru-hike? Looking for first-hand insight into the planning, gear, and mindset necessary for completing a thru-hike? We’ll help identify popular routes for your first thru-hike, likely obstacles you may encounter along the way and valuable insight into trail culture.

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How to use Trekking Poles

Trekking pole use for hiking, walking, and backpacking is a given for most experienced outdoor travelers, yet we often see new hikers hesitant to bring them along. Check out our tips below on why you should be using trekking poles, how to use them properly, and when to adapt their set-up for various terrain.

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The 7 Best Backpacking Towels of 2020

If you are heading out on the trail and want to keep clean without the bulk of a regular towel, then you should consider investing in a lightweight microfiber backpacking towel. We’ve put 7 of the best backpacking towels on the market through their paces and break down our recommendations based on your needs.