CDT Update #1 – Crazy Cook Monument, NM to Hachita, NM

After bumping along at least 40 miles of barren and rutted dirt roads, I stepped out of the truck and shouted, ”Woohoo—there it is!” I couldn’t believe I was finally setting sights upon my third southern terminus of the Triple Crown trails, the Crazy Cook Monument. As...

Road Trip to the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)

When Perk arrived at my house in Alabama from New York, I already knew it--he wasn't ready. His pack likely had no gear in it, he hadn't settled on a supply of food and his taxes weren't complete. As I greeted him at the door I asked, "Hey Perk, are you ready?!" His...

CDT Gear List (Desert Section)

Hey y'all! Here is the lighterpack link for the gear I'll be carrying on the CDT this year. It is (of course) subject to change as I go along and make adjustments in the desert. I will also swap out for different pieces of gear in various sections like the San Juans,...

Where To Send a Resupply Box on the PCT?

  You've decided you're going to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and now you're trying to map out every resupply point and plan all your food drops. Before you pull all your hair out trying to...

Backpacking Gift Ideas for $50 or Less

My family thinks it's hard to buy me gifts because all I care about is being in the woods. Mom says, "What do you get the backpacker who carries everything on her back and thinks mac-n-cheese is a good meal?" I really can't blame her for feeling that way considering...