Let 2015 be full of adventure and the outdoors.


Thank you everyone for a great 2014. Without all of your support my 2014 would have been quiet and boring. To each and every person who visited the site and shared something on social media I say thank you. May your 2015 be full of fun, happiness and adventures.

#AdventureMonday 12/29/2014

This will be the last #AdventureMonday of 2014. A huge thank you to everyone who has shared their photos in 2014. I am extremely excited to see what amazing things everyone will be sharing in 2015. Keep tagging your images with #hikingthetrail.


Bilbo Baggins is my Literary Mental Twin.

While taking a short break from working I took one of those goofy online quizzes. I normally just laugh at the answers but this one seemed to be very fitting. I also do not typically share stuff like this here but just felt perfect.


Not only is the Hobbit one of my favorite books of all time but the written description  was simply perfect.

“Fond of a warm hearth and a full belly, your mental twin is Bilbo Baggins! While you are typically a quiet and reserved individual, your adventurous imagination often gets the better of you as curiosity is constantly bubbling up from within. You may be absolutely in love with your books and maps and tokens of the world – but as a wise wizard once said – “The world is out THERE”! Your knack for exploring and discovering new things is unmatched, as is you’re cunning when put under pressure. Yet no matter how far you travel or stray from the path you once thought you’d walk – there will never be any comforts quite like home.”

If you would like to find out who your mental literary twin is, then take take the quiz.

The most visited posts on HikingTheTrail.com of 2014

2014 has been a great blogging year. Lots of exciting stories, information, and reviews to share. Here are the top twenty blog posts visited in 2014.

20. Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Videos

19. Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2 First Look

18. Gear Review: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2

17. 8 books that will tug at your inner adventurer and wanderlust

16. Backpack has been chosen: ULA Catalyst

15. The Skeeter Beater – Gear Review

14. Gear Review – Hi-Tec Sierra Trek WP Boots

13. Gear Review – Columbia Conspiracy™ OutDry Shoe

12. Luci® Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern – Gear Review

11. Gear Review: RIBZ Front Pack

10. 2014 Backpacker Gift Guide – Hydration

9. 35 Reasons to Hike The Appalachian Trail

8. 10 Hiking and Backpacking Documentaries you can stream from amazon.com

7. Is creating “art” at national parks vandalism or Art?

6. #AdventureMonday 06/16/2014

5. Update on the “Art Vandal” Casey Nocket

4. Armchair adventures 50 great documentaries 1 – 10

3. Amazing Gadgets for the Outdoor Hiker – Guest Post

2. 2014 Backpacker Gift Guide – Gadgets

1. Columbia TurboDown – Gear Review

Thank you everyone for a great year. I hope that your 2015 is full of adventure, fun, and excitement!

#AdventureMonday 12/22/2014

Another week and weekend in the books. How did you spend your weekend? Here are a few of this past weeks submissions. If you would like to have your photo featured simply tag your photos with #hikingthetrail.


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