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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Are You Really Ready for Fall?

Roll out the burnt orange carpet and usher in the coziest season of them all (sorry, Winter, we don’t like frostbite or ice storms) Every season is special in its own way and makes for fun hiking for one reason or another. But fall is…different. It...

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How to Hike With Your Dog

With summer almost in our rear view mirrors, it’s time to start planning some new adventures with your family. And by family, we mean the family who actually wants to be outside. Brother Jimmy, you get a pass and can stay home watching football. Fido,...

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How to celebrate Labor Day

How to Maximize Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! Labor Day weekend is always lovely. Three (or more!) days off to either go on a trip to soak in the holiday or to enjoy a staycation close to home. Labor Day weekend smells of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, sunscreen, pine needles,...

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How to Hike in a Onesie

You're on a pleasant mountain stroll on a Sunday morning when suddenly you round a switchback and find what appears to be a jubilant group of zoo escapees hiking down toward you. No, you're not hallucinating from the lack of oxygen. You're seeing hikers wearing onesies....

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Appalachian Trail

A Mountain, A Beer, and a Big Birthday

One of our favorite long trails is turning the big 8-0 this month. In honor of this momentous occasion, we asked one of our favorite Appalachian Trail authors, Lafe Low of Best Hikes on the Appalachian Trail: New England, to pen a birthday post. So the Appalachian...

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Why Day Hiking the PCT is Better

Ah, the Pacific Crest Trail. Maybe you’ve heard of it before? Also pronounced “Pee See Tee?” It’s the world-renowned long trail. And by long trail, we mean that you are supposed to hike the whole long thing in one shot. It’s 2,650 miles of muscular, tanned, stinky thru-hikers....

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Two Perfect Summer Day Hikes on the SoCal PCT

Few people aspire to hike the PCT in Southern California in summer. Thru-hikers are long gone, focused on snow-melt in the Sierras and reaching Canada by September. Wildfire season is settling in, causing trails—and the roads leading to them—to close at a moment’s notice. And it’s...

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Top Summits to Bag During Outdoor Retailer

The Wasatch Mountains tower over Salt Lake City, beckoning those of us who attend Outdoor Retailer to come hike and ski for the past two decades. They’re rugged and spectacular and offer a reprieve from the busyness that exists inside Salt Palace. With this being the...

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