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Gear Review: Katadyn BeFree Water Filter

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We used a Sawyer Squeeze filter on the PCT in 2017.  Check out our review of that filter here.  On the Appalachian Trail in 2018, we decided to try a new water filter system.  The Katadyn BeFree water filter is … Read More

Top Games for Thru-hikers

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Playing games while hiking can be a blast.  They can challenge your intellect, make you laugh, distract you, and help you get to know your new friends.  We have put together a list of our top games for thru-hikers. Stinky … Read More

Pick the Best Long Distance Hiking Shoes for Thru-Hiking

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Your shoes are one of the most important pieces of gear you will use on a thru-hike.  One thing that always amazed people that we have talked with after our hike was what kind of long-distance hiking shoes we wore.  … Read More

Gear Review: PCT Sleep System

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We are writing this review on a sleep system.  All of this gear together will determine how comfortable you are while sleeping and, thus, how well you sleep.  The gear will come and go depending on temperature but more importantly, … Read More

Gear Review: Sawyer Squeeze On the PCT

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Long distance backpacking will inevitably involve water purification, this is where the Sawyer Squeeze comes in.  While there are many options available to having drinkable water Sawyer makes a great product that is easy to use, lightweight, and quick.  With … Read More

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor Backpack

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Sierra Designs put together a great backpack.  The Flex Capacitor offers comfort, ample space, and durability.   All packaged into a smart design with the assistance of well-known thru-hiker Andrew Skurka.  This pack is a great choice for a thru-hike because … Read More

Gear List for Long Distance Backpacking from our PCT Hike

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PCT Gear List A gear list for a long-distance hike is an important tool. Having the proper gear on a thru-hike can make or break your trip. For your first thru-hike attempt, it is really hard to decide what will … Read More

Desert Hiking Guide

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Desert Hiking is a challenge.  It is important to do everything that you can do to keep yourself safe.  Following these general tips will not only help keep you out of harm’s way but will also improve the quality of … Read More