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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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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What Does it Mean if a Jacket is Water Resistant?

With storm season in full bluster, the need for dependable raingear develops a greater sense of urgency. If you’re shopping for a new rain jacket, you’ll quickly encounter a trio of seemingly interchangeable terms: water resistant, waterproof and water repellent. Is there really a difference between them? Spoiler alert: “Waterproof” beats “water resistant” and “waterproof/breathable”…

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A Trailblazing Wildland Firefighter Provides Training for Women

Through our Keepers of the Outdoors series, we’ll introduce you to people who protect and care for our wild places. Bequi Livingston is an old-school badass. She spent her career fighting fires alongside the most respected crews in the West. Today, she’s dedicated to training more women in backcountry firefighting. She began working with the…

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