Alabama in the fall, why visit Alabama in the fall

Why You Need to Visit Alabama in the Fall

The second Labor Day passes, the Internet blows up with all the fall things. And timelines and maps and articles on how to chase those changing leaves. Because we all know that while photos of sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween decorations are nice and all, they don't...

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Walking Queens, Adrienne Onofri

How To Be a Tourist in Your Own City

While "staycation" may not be a buzzword anymore, it's still the cool thing to do. We don't always want to go away and sleep in a questionable bed with unknown water pressure and watery coffee. Plus, let's be real—it's expensive! We ain't got that kind...

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Halloween candy on the trails

The Best Halloween Candy Ranked By Hikers

There is no better mid-hike snack in October than a big handful of Halloween candy (and November once the candy goes on sale). And you're burning bazillions of calories, so there should be no shame in your Halloween-candy-as-fuel game. But which Halloween candy can stand up...

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Camping for Halloween

Why Camping for Halloween is the Best

Halloween is nigh. But something formidable stands between us and All Hallows' Eve—the weekend. The weekend before a holiday is a pretty big deal. There's a lot of pressure to live it up. Celebrate properly. Party all night and sleep it off the next day. So. How...

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Shoulder Season

How to Maximize Shoulder Season

Welcome to the height of shoulder season, ladies and gentlemen. AKA "schizophrenic weather" season. If you live in the Rockies, bet your snow shovel has already been put to work. Here in Alabama? Still hotter than the sun and stickier than last year's Halloween lollipop. Shoulder...

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PCT lingo, PCT guidebook, Laura Randall

PCT Lingo: A Primer on Hiker Slang

"Zeros and Neros Welcome" A few years ago, before I started hiking the PCT, I would have guessed this sign was inviting losers and fiddlers to stop by. It's actually part of a whole new language you learn on the trail. Situated near Mile 127, this sign...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Jordan Summers,

The Final Push on the Pacific Crest Trail

Section K September 1 – 8 Food. I’m gonna get food. There’ll be lots of food. I want all the food. Don’t rain. Smoke is better than rain. No rain. It’s raining. Aagh! Bus leaves High Bridge at 0945. Make miles. Can’t miss the bus. I can make the...

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Pacific Crest Trail, Laura Randall, PCT Class of 2017

“Fire and Ice”: the Challenges of the PCT in 2017

Weather curveballs, wildfire detours, and other challenges are nothing new for Pacific Crest Trail hikers. But this year brought an unprecedented amount of difficulties for thru-hikers tackling the legendary 2,650-mile route from Mexico to Canada. Record snowpack. Swollen rivers. Raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest...

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