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healthy habits and benefits of hiking
November 17, 2021

The Health Benefits of Hiking - And Why You Should Consider Celebrating National Take A Hike Day

Why go on a hike? Well, hiking is great not only for your body but also for your mental health. And there are many reasons for this - so in this blog post, we will be highlighting both the mental and physical health benefits of hiking and why you should hit the trail to celebrate National Take a Hike Day this year.

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Mind Over Matter: Building Mental Fortitude in the Mountains
October 26, 2021

Mind Over Matter: Building Mental Fortitude in the Mountains

Nothing can stop you – you’ve reached the ultimate mind over matter groove. 

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What is a Monopod and Why You Need One?
September 27, 2021

What is a Monopod and Why You Need One?

What is a monopod? Well, the short answer is - it's the ultimate multi-purpose piece of hiking gear. The long answer is - it's the gear you wish you had when you've found yourself in the backcountry in one of the most stunning backdrops you've ever seen, but a selfie won't cut it, so the only way to get the perfect shot is by turning your trekking pole into a Monopod . . . still confused? Let's break it down.

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The Hiker Trash Commandments: 7 Tips for First-Time Thru-Hikers
August 11, 2020

The Hiker Trash Commandments: 7 Tips for First-Time Thru-Hikers

So you’re thinking about doing a thru-hike? There is some basic info and helpful hints that every first time thru-hiker should know. Follow these “7 Hiker Trash Commandments” and your first thru-hike will be a little less of a sufferfest.

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Lesser Known Thru-Hikes in the United States
June 09, 2020

Lesser Known Thru-Hikes in the United States

While many thru-hikers see trails like the Pacific Crest, Appalachian and Continental Divide Trails as the ultimate in thru-hiking adventures, there are dozens of lesser-known routes that lead through the spectacular wilderness all around North America. Whether you are looking for a hike that lasts a few days or a trail that you’ll explore for months, I have gathered eight of my favorite lesser-known thru-hiking routes that are sure to stoke your wanderlust.

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A Thru-Hiker's Tribute to Trekking Poles
March 18, 2019

A Thru-Hiker's Tribute to Trekking Poles

“Hey, are you taking walking sticks?”

Big Cat’s voice purred over the telephone, his Great Smoky Mountains diction like a good fiddle to my ears.  We were planning to hike from Mexico to Canada along the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  The famed National Scenic Trail climbs into six national parks, 48 federal wilderness areas, and some of the country’s most scenic and beautiful mountain ranges in California, Oregon, and Washington state. 

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Spotted on the Trail – August 2018
August 17, 2018

Spotted on the Trail – August 2018

We are so lucky to work live and work by so many wonderful hiking trails in the  Pacific Northwest. Today we decided to take a break from working and go visit with those who are venturing to concur the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It was an absolutely beautiful day in the mountains and we met some interesting Pacific Crest Trail folks and got some burning questions answered! 

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