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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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External versus Internal Frame Backpacks: Which is Better?

An External vs Internal Frame Backpack? Which is Better? We’re going to take a look at those differences by doing a bit of digging into the merits of the external frame backpack and weighing them up against the benefits of the more common (nowadays), internal frame backpack to help you decide what is right for you!

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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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Backpacking Checklist: 3 Season Gear List

Never leave anything important behind again, with our comprehensive Backpacking Checklist. We give you the lowdown on what you absolutely need, what we would recommend and what is either optional or pointless in our editable/downloadable & printable checklist.

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What to Carry: The 10 Backpacking & Hiking Essentials

Many a backpacking or hiking trip gone wrong can trace the root cause back to not carrying the ten hiking essentials, or not being able to use them correctly. Come with us as we break down the what? why? and how? to help you keep your future adventures on trail and without incident.

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How to Pack a Backpack – Are You Doing it Right?

How to Pack a Backpack is almost as important as choosing which backpack to purchase. If you load up incorrectly, you may be in for days of hassle and back pain. We’ve drawn up this easy guide to show you how to pack the right way. Every time.