Quiz: Should You Hike the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail?

Are you a backpacking expert? PCT photo by Zach Davis [{“title”:”Appalachian Trail”,”points”:”2″},{“title”:”Pacific Crest Trail”,”points”:”1″},{“title”:”Take a Day Hike on Both Trails”,”points”:”1″}] I’ve gone before. [{“title”:”Appalachian Trail”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”Pacific Crest Trail”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”Take a Day Hike on Both Trails”,”points”:”2″}] Backpacking? No way. [{“title”:”Appalachian Trail”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”Pacific Crest Trail”,”points”:”2″},{“title”:”Take a Day Hike on Both Trails”,”points”:”0″}] I spend hundreds of miles on trail each year.…

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The Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail: Which Hike Is Right for You?

Comparing culture, gear, resupply and difficulty. Whether you’re deciding which footpath to tackle for a first thru-hike, you’ve hiked one trail and want to know how it stacks up to the other, or you just have a general curiosity, a fascination with comparing the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is common. Today,…

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Conrad Anker’s Guide to Footcare

Because happy feet are more likely to summit If Conrad Anker could be any animal, he’d be a mountain goat. “I’ve seen them climb 5.8 for sure,” he tells me over the phone, relaxing after an early fall hike in mountains near his Bozeman, Montana home. “Their hooves are just incredible.” As it turns out,…

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Building Community Through Group Hiking

Jenny Bruso, founder of an online community of self-proclaimed unlikely hikers, shares what she’s learned from hiking with others and offers advice for organizing your own group hike. Exploring the outdoors with a group, witnessing their reactions to the same things you’re seeing and engaging in teamwork paints a broader picture of what nature has…

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Fastest Known Mom

Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr…

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The Nature Fix: Creating New Rituals, Outside

The season of holiday rituals is upon us: a turkey or tofurky on the table, the post-prandial nap, the exchange of gifts, the lighting of candles, the baking of garish cookies. And with these come some inevitable, attendant pains in the neck. The ones that irk me: clogged freeways, weather delays at airports, moments of…

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Op-Ed: Why Now—More than Ever—We Must Live by Leave No Trace

In a time when more and more people are embracing outdoor recreation, here’s how to combat the destruction of the wild places we love. Last year, for the centennial of the National Park Service, park visits were up by over 25 million across the nation. Yosemite traffic increased by 21 percent year over year—up almost…

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