Outdoor Retailer is organized chaos is the best way that I can describe it. A mass of people moving from meeting to meeting and checking out all of the latest and greatest gear, food, ideas, and products. There is so much to see and one can easily become overwhelmed with information, shiny objects, and the […]

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You don’t leave for a walk in the woods without some essentials, right? You run through your mental checklist of first aid kit, raincoat, shoes, hat and sunscreen, then you’re off and running. Here are a few additional essentials that you should consider adding to your checklist.

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A thru-hike is a hike from one point to another. You don’t backtrack; you start at point A and arrive at point B. Famous thru-hikes include the Pacific Crest, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail, among many other thru-hikes that aren’t as well known. Many people attempt these hikes, but few finish them. […]

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While most hikers and campers are stuck at home during the coldest parts of the year, or spend their time outside struggling to keep warm, visitors to Big Bend National Park are enjoying some of the best weather in the country. The challenge is getting there, since Big Bend National Park is in one of […]

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Recently I was cleaning out some boxes and found my old trail journal from my Philmont Scout Ranch 2002 Backpacking Trek. Philmont Scout Ranch its located in New Mexico and allows young men and leaders in Boy Scouts to partake in a 12 day High Adventure backpacking trip. You can learn more about Philmont over at their website which can be found here.

I wanted to not only digitize my journal but also make sure that I had a record of it kept someplace that is not a tiny little notepad. It will be interesting to see what my 19 year old self had to say during the 12 day trip.

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The dreaded day three was here. Everything was literally down hill from Hibbs Cow Camp. The distance from our camp to the river was somewhere between six and a half to seven miles. It is hard to know the exact mileage due to the the shifting of the trail. The trail is poorly maintained by the local agencies but the crew of Americas Rafting Company put in a ton of work and did an amazing job keeping the trails passable.

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Camping began in the early 1900s, inspired by education and recreation clubs like the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Soon camping became a popular pastime for the general public, which inspired continuous improvement of camping tools and practices. Over the years, recreation companies have continued to invent and manufacture items that enable us to […]

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Trekking poles can be a huge help while hiking. They can help you keep your balance and help keep your muscles and joints from the wear and tear of hiking.  I personally find them to be very useful and use them on day hikes as well as week long backpacking trips.  Most of my backpacking […]

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Hello, followers of Hiking the Trail! My name is Bryan and I am a friend of Adam’s from the days when we both lived in Kansas City. I was asked to write a guest post to discuss my current move into the world of hiking and backpacking. Allow me to start by giving you a […]

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