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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.