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Welcome to the Atlas Guides blog! Keep up to date with everything that's happening at Atlas Guides with our "Inside Atlas Guides" series, read stories told with data or learn more about how to make tech work for you with our "Tech on the Trail" series, or see the places we're exploring with our "Trip Report" series. Our new "My Trail Story" series features thru-hikers of all ages and backgrounds sharing their personal, real life experiences from the trail.

Recent Blog Posts

Check out our most recent posts to see what we’re thinking about and working on right now!

View from Maiden Cliff over Lake Megunticook in Camden Maine

Miniature Wilderness in the Camden Hills

Our guides may be best known on long-distance trails, but my favorite use for them is to plan hikes in trail systems like Camden Hills State Park in Maine

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A hiker sitting on a rock with the sunset in the background.

My Trail Story by Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler shares his story of how he became a thru-hiker and bikepacker, and how he turned his passions into a full-time project.

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A group of hikers walking in a line along a road.

My Trail Story by Larry

Lani Advokat, a.k.a. Larry, has thru-hiked the John Muir Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Colorado Trail in the last four years. Check out what she has to say about her experiences thru-hiking.

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View from Maiden Cliff over Lake Megunticook in Camden Maine

Miniature Wilderness in the Camden Hills

Our guides may be best known on long-distance trails, but my favorite use for them is to plan hikes in trail systems like Camden Hills State Park in Maine

Read More

A hiker sitting on a rock with the sunset in the background.

My Trail Story by Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler shares his story of how he became a thru-hiker and bikepacker, and how he turned his passions into a full-time project.

Read More

A group of hikers walking in a line along a road.

My Trail Story by Larry

Lani Advokat, a.k.a. Larry, has thru-hiked the John Muir Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Colorado Trail in the last four years. Check out what she has to say about her experiences thru-hiking.

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A beautiful view of a pond.

My Trail Story by Yuengling

Alec Santiago, a.k.a. Yuengling, shares a few stories from his experience thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Featured Blog Post

My Trail Story featuring Dahn Pratt

Dahn Pratt shares the jitters he experienced beginning his thru-hike or thru-tramp across New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail.

Natalie McMillan       My Trail Story       01/31/2019
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Photo by Dahn Pratt
Photo by Dahn Pratt
Featured Blog Post

My Trail Story featuring Dahn Pratt

Dahn Pratt shares the jitters he experienced beginning his thru-hike or thru-tramp across New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail.

Natalie McMillan
My Trail Story
01/31/2019
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Trip Reports

As a team of thru-hikers, backpackers, and adventurers, we love to get out and explore different trails. Here are some insider reports from our own trips and hikes.

View from Maiden Cliff over Lake Megunticook in Camden Maine

Miniature Wilderness in the Camden Hills

Our guides may be best known on long-distance trails, but my favorite use for them is to plan hikes in trail systems like Camden Hills State Park in Maine

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A green meadow and valley descends through an evergreen forest nestled between rocky mountains.

A Lookingglass Lake Loop

As I plan hikes for this summer, I look back on some of my favorite trips from last year, including my hike to Lookingglass Lake.

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Havasu Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the Grand Canyon.

My First Backpacking Trip to Havasu Falls

Hiking to Havasu Falls was an experience I will never forget. But here’s the thing, I knew NOTHING about backpacking.

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View from Maiden Cliff over Lake Megunticook in Camden Maine

Miniature Wilderness in the Camden Hills

Our guides may be best known on long-distance trails, but my favorite use for them is to plan hikes in trail systems like Camden Hills State Park in Maine

Read More

A green meadow and valley descends through an evergreen forest nestled between rocky mountains.

A Lookingglass Lake Loop

As I plan hikes for this summer, I look back on some of my favorite trips from last year, including my hike to Lookingglass Lake.

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Havasu Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the Grand Canyon.

My First Backpacking Trip to Havasu Falls

Hiking to Havasu Falls was an experience I will never forget. But here’s the thing, I knew NOTHING about backpacking.

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A view showcases snowy forests and distant mountains.

Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

Last week I took a trip into the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, a new addition to the National Parks system.

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My Trail Story

We asked thru-hikers of all ages and backgrounds to share their real life experiences from the trail. Read some of their stories here!

A hiker sitting on a rock with the sunset in the background.

My Trail Story by Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler shares his story of how he became a thru-hiker and bikepacker, and how he turned his passions into a full-time project.

Read More

A group of hikers walking in a line along a road.

My Trail Story by Larry

Lani Advokat, a.k.a. Larry, has thru-hiked the John Muir Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Colorado Trail in the last four years. Check out what she has to say about her experiences thru-hiking.

Read More

A beautiful view of a pond.

My Trail Story by Yuengling

Alec Santiago, a.k.a. Yuengling, shares a few stories from his experience thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Read More

A hiker sitting on a rock with the sunset in the background.

My Trail Story by Craig Fowler

Craig Fowler shares his story of how he became a thru-hiker and bikepacker, and how he turned his passions into a full-time project.

Read More

A group of hikers walking in a line along a road.

My Trail Story by Larry

Lani Advokat, a.k.a. Larry, has thru-hiked the John Muir Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Colorado Trail in the last four years. Check out what she has to say about her experiences thru-hiking.

Read More

A beautiful view of a pond.

My Trail Story by Yuengling

Alec Santiago, a.k.a. Yuengling, shares a few stories from his experience thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Read More

A woman stands in front of a lake by some mountains.

My Trail Story by Token

Read about what it's really like to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail by Kathleen Neeves, a.k.a. Token.

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Tech on the Trail

Using technology out on the trail can be very helpful, as long as you know how to use it correctly. Here are some tips and tricks to help you become a tech expert while you’re out exploring.

Sawyer Sqeeze and Micro Squeeze Flow Rate Tests

We continue our review of the Sawyer Micro Squeeze and Sawyer Squeeze, this time with different squeeze containers, including the Vecto, Evernew, Smartwater Bottle, and Sawyer Squeeze Pouch.

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Items in Sawyer Micro Squeeze package: Squeeze bag, filter, back-flush syringe, connectors, packaging material

Review: the New Sawyer Micro Squeeze

We review Sawyer's new Micro Squeeze water filtration system.

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a tent and gear set up

10 Affordable Lightweight Gear Options for Backpackers and Thru Hikers

Ten affordable lightweight backpacking items that are a must for any trip.

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Sawyer Sqeeze and Micro Squeeze Flow Rate Tests

We continue our review of the Sawyer Micro Squeeze and Sawyer Squeeze, this time with different squeeze containers, including the Vecto, Evernew, Smartwater Bottle, and Sawyer Squeeze Pouch.

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Items in Sawyer Micro Squeeze package: Squeeze bag, filter, back-flush syringe, connectors, packaging material

Review: the New Sawyer Micro Squeeze

We review Sawyer's new Micro Squeeze water filtration system.

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a tent and gear set up

10 Affordable Lightweight Gear Options for Backpackers and Thru Hikers

Ten affordable lightweight backpacking items that are a must for any trip.

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Choosing a charger

Since many hikers carry phones and portable batteries, we evaluated a variety of battery chargers and have some to recommend for long-distance hikers.

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Inside Atlas Guides

We have a lot of exciting things going on here at Atlas Guides. New updates, new trails, new guides, and new adventures. Stay up-to-date with what we’re doing by visiting this page and by signing up for our newsletter.

Inside Atlas Guides: Customer Support

Ever wondered who answers your customer support email? Here is a behind-the-scenes look at Atlas Guides' customer support operation.

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Hiker in the White Mountains on a foggy ledge

Guthook’s New Year’s Hiking Goals

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Or are you going to forget them within minutes of making them? Check out how Guthook manages his New Years Resolutions— maybe his obsession can help you with yours.

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Hikers on a rocky river in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine

Katahdin Woods & Waters Monument Planning

How do National Parks and Monuments decide how to manage their land? Guthook took a trip to see part of the planning process in person.

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Inside Atlas Guides: Customer Support

Ever wondered who answers your customer support email? Here is a behind-the-scenes look at Atlas Guides' customer support operation.

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Hiker in the White Mountains on a foggy ledge

Guthook’s New Year’s Hiking Goals

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Or are you going to forget them within minutes of making them? Check out how Guthook manages his New Years Resolutions— maybe his obsession can help you with yours.

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Hikers on a rocky river in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Maine

Katahdin Woods & Waters Monument Planning

How do National Parks and Monuments decide how to manage their land? Guthook took a trip to see part of the planning process in person.

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Two wooden buildings sit on a green field within a wooden wall at Fort vancouver National Historic Site.

Pathways to the Future: Rivers and Trails 2018

Last week I attended a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Trails and Wild and Scenic Rivers.

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