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Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners

Hiking boots have always been the traditional footwear for backpackers.  Now that backpacking technology has evolved and gear is more lightweight, hiking shoes have become more lightweight as well.  I used hiking boots for the majority of the trail but made the switch to trail runners for...

What’s In My Pack?

What does an experienced thru-hiker have in their pack? Well, everyone has a different style, and you’ll find your own once you’re on the trail. I’ll tell you what gear I ended my hike with so you have an idea of what to shoot for. The Big Three For my hike, I went with...

Tents Vs. Hammocks

During my thru-hike I started with a tent, switched to a hammock, and ended without a form of shelter.  At the beginning of the trail I had a two-person, 5-pound tent.  I already owned it, and I didn’t want to spend any money on a new shelter.  I carried my 5-pound tent all the way...

Cutting Pack Weight

When shopping for gear, it’s easy to get sucked into buying cool, high-tech stuff that seems like it will be very necessary.  However, before you make any purchases, ask yourself, “Will I absolutely need this?”  If you’re not going to use something...

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Osprey Pack Review

I wanted to talk about how great this pack is.  I used the Osprey Aura 65 on my thru-hike and it did amazing.  There are a few things I look for in a good pack, and this one has them all. Comfort.  This is the number one thing I keep in mind when choosing a pack.  If my pack is...