How to Prevent Hypothermia

This past week I was hiking in Connecticut, and it rained for three days straight. It wasn't even heavy rain; it was the sort of light rain that keeps everything damp and doesn't let the sun come out. On top of that, the temperatures were dropping … [Read more]

What is a Ridge Runner?

I just finished my ridge runner training week in Connecticut, and I will be spending the summer working along the Appalachian Trail. I'm excited for the opportunity to give back to the trail. The most asked question we get is... What is a ridge … [Read more]

Packing Out Toilet Paper 101

Most beginner backpackers are grossed out by the idea of packing out their toilet paper, and that’s OK. But it’s an important thing to do in order to preserve our wilderness. Occasionally, you might see bits of toilet paper off to the side of the … [Read more]

Buff Review

Occasionally, people ask me what one piece of gear I always take on my outdoor trips. We all have that one item we feel compelled to always have in our pack. My one item I can’t live without is my merino wool Buff. I bought a Buff last spring … [Read more]

Reading on the Trail

I've heard lots of talk in forums asking questions like, "Should I bring a Kindle on my hike?" and "Will I have time to read?" While the hikertrash lifestyle is much more laid back than the day-to-day world, you won't exactly have hours of leisure … [Read more]