How Much Does It Cost To Thru Hike – Ask A Thru Hiker

This series has been a long time coming. Almost daily, I get multiple questions from all sorts of hikers about different aspects of thru hiking, backpacking, planning a hike, how to do x, and so on. While answering these questions on a per case basis is helpful for the individuals asking the questions, it seems to me that making videos on some of the topics I’m frequently asked about would be a great benefit to future potential hikers, and to those that either aren’t asking questions or perhaps don’t know what questions to ask. Not to mention, it may help streamline my answering process and lead to faster answers or at least fewer questions on the same topics. This weeks “Ask A Thru Hiker” is going to answer the oft asked, “How much does it cost to thru hike?!” Continue reading “How Much Does It Cost To Thru Hike – Ask A Thru Hiker”

Ultralight Tips: Here’s a lightweight and easy way to backflush your Sawyer filters

Carrying the plastic syringe that Sawyer provides with their filters on a thru-hike or multi-day backpacking trip is somewhat overkill. It’s just too bulky and heavy to be worth taking. At the same time, multi-day trips may require that you backflush Sawyer  filters (especially the finicky Sawyer Minis) multiple times. Enter this light weight and easy solution to the problem. Check out the video after the break for more info. Continue reading “Ultralight Tips: Here’s a lightweight and easy way to backflush your Sawyer filters”

PCT Tips: Which PCT Guide Book Should You Use On Trail?

Determining the best guide book for the Appalachian Trail is simple, all you need is AWOL’s amazing AT Guide and you’re good to go. Cut it in half and ship the second half ahead to save some weight and fret no more. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for the Pacific Crest Trail. Prospective PCT hikers are faced with an overwhelming array of guides, maps, and books from which to choose. Have no fear though, this post will help you wade through the sea of guides and tell you exactly what you’ll need, both before the trail to prepare and on trail to navigate.

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AT thru hike vs. PCT thru hike: A comparison between the two most popular long trails in the world (Part 1)

Having thru hiked both the AT in 2012 and PCT in 2014, I am frequently presented with requests to compare the two trails to each other. I’m often hesitant to do so, as I have very strong feelings for both of the trails and believe that they are both incredible experiences that should be viewed individually. In my mind, I see the trails as a set of complimentary colors, you shouldn’t have to choose between them. That said, if you’re deciding which trail to start with, or which trail to focus your limited time on, or maybe your just curious as to how the trails differ, this info may help. Keep in mind, most of this information is based on my experiences (Nobo thru hikes on each trail) and opinions. What follows is part one of what will likely be a two (possibly more) part post. Please ask any questions you might have and I’ll do my best to answer them. Continue reading “AT thru hike vs. PCT thru hike: A comparison between the two most popular long trails in the world (Part 1)”