PCT permit, Jordan Summers, Laura Randall, Wilderness Press, Pacific Crest Trail guide

How to Apply for a 2018 PCT Permit

You had a recent epiphany. Some may call it a life crisis, but we get you—we'll call it an epiphany. You want to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Class of 2018. As in, a few short months from now. Maybe it's the promise of a new...

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Walking Brooklyn, Adrienne Onofri, non-hipster guide to Brooklyn

The Non-Hipster Guide to Brooklyn

Quick! Do a word association with Brooklyn. Hipster. Expensive. New York City. Millennial. Avocado toast. Hipster. Coffee shops. Bridge. Hipster. For those of you who want to experience more of the borough than fancy drinks and cool kids in thick-rimmed glasses, put on some arch-supporting shoes...

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New Year's resolutions, outdoor goals

5 Ways to Make 2018 Your Best Outdoor Year

Are we all in agreement that 2017 was a pretty sucky year? Yes? Yes. Thankfully, it's January 2018! New calendar. New year. New you. New goals. Newsflash—resolutions are out. Goals are in. Everyone knows a resolution is made to be broken by February, if not sooner....

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Navigate Thanksgiving

How to Navigate Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! We all have a lot to be thankful for every day. And we are. We really are! But we all also dread at least some part of the holidays (family, traveling in traffic, doing the dishes...

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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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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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