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Guthook's Holiday Gift Guide

Guthook’s Holiday Gift Guide

Give the Gift of Guthook this holiday season! We have trail guides for every type of hiker, thru-hiker, backpacker, or outdoors-lover on your list.

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10 Thru-Hiking Gifts for Under $20

Whether you're stuffing stockings or looking for affordable hiking gifts, you're sure to find something on this list.

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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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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 big group of PCT thru hikers starting at the southern terminus.

What is thru-hiking?

The definition of "thru-hiking" cannot be found in a dictionary. That's why I asked these thru-hikers to share what thru-hiking means to them.

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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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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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Food packed for hiking trip arranged on a table

Guthook’s Backpacking Food Planner

How much food do you take backpacking? How much SHOULD you pack? Read how Guthook plans the right amount.

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Looking out airplane window

After the Trail: Post-Hike Depression

Many hikers have difficulty adjusting after a hike. Read what experienced thru hikers have to say about post-hike depression.

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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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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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A hiking backpack with many tools for trail maintenance sits on the ground next to a rock.

Trail Maintenance for Lightweight Backpackers

This set of maintenance tools is great and it fits easily in the side pocket of my pack.

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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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A shallow, clear rover winds through a meadow in front of an impressive mountain range.

Wind River Peak

After the NOLS course, I went back out to the mountains to climb Wind River Peak. At 13,192 feet, it is the highest in the southern part of the range.

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A rocky mountain range in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

Sangre de Cristo Backpacking

We will enter the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness of the Rio Grande National Forest and spend five days bouncing between peaks.

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A sunset illuminates a calm lake surrounded by low mountains.

Backpacking Through Baxter State Park

For my second annual Baxter State Park backpacking trip, I went to parts of the park that few out-of-staters ever see.

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Rock formations are stark against blue water in an unnamed cove on Maine's Cutler Coast.

A Bold Hike at Cutler Coast

Though this was one of the most wonderful hikes I’ve been on, most hikers who visit Maine have never heard of the Cutler Coast.

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Getting the Most From Your Phone’s Battery

You’re ready to hit the trail, your fully-loaded smartphone in hand. But how long will it last when you’re not near an outlet?

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A graph shows statistics for hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

How Many People Hike the AT and PCT?

If you’ve been on the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail and thought, “there are a lot of people out here,” you’re not wrong.

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A screenshot from Guthook Guides of farms on the Appalachian Trail.

Birds Eye Stories of the Appalachian Trail

I’ve been fascinated by satellite imagery of the the Appalachian Trail. It tells a very different story about the landscape.

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A brilliant yellow and orange sunset appears from behind a snowy mountain.

Winter Solo on Tumbledown

The plan: hike to Tumbledown Pond and camp. The difficulty: almost nobody attempts Tumbledown in winter.

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clouds sit over a snowy mountain range.

Mount Tom & Mount Field

For Sunday’s hike, Siren and I headed to Crawford Notch and the Mt Willey Range for a snow-covered trip to Mount Tom and Mount Field in New Hampshire.

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A view from a rocky cliff shows distant snowy mountains.

Mt. Chocorua

Last weekend had much better conditions than the previous one, so I tried to make up for it by doing two great day hikes, starting with Mt. Chocorua.

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A snowy forest and trail are surrounded by fog.

Mt. Moriah

Another week of heavy snow in New England meant the mountains were ripe for exploration, so we headed out on an overnight hike to Mt. Moriah.

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A sunset glows over a snowy forest.

Cabot Mtn Winter Backpacking Trip

I ventured into the northernmost part of the White Mountains for a weekend of serious winter backpacking.

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A graph from the Guthook Guides app showing the steepest climb on the Continental Divide Trail.

What Are the Steepest Climbs on the AT, PCT, and CDT?

I analyzed elevation data to come up with an estimate of the steepest climbs.

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A clear body of water reflects trees and mountains.

Baxter Backpacking, Day 7: Finale on Doubletop

The 7th day of our Baxter backpacking trip. We had beautiful, clear skies and a view up to Doubletop from camp.

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A view shows green trees, a green valley, and distant mountains.

Baxter Backpacking, Day 6: Deeper to the North

In northeast Baxter, there’s some small mountains and ponds with small campsites on the shore.

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Sunlight illuminates a distant lake and mountains in a green valley.

Baxter Backpacking, Day 5: The Traveler

Tom and I set out over The Traveler Loop. I’d heard about how gorgeous the mountain was and had looked at it from Katahdin.

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A foggy view shows a green forest and a distant mountain range.

Baxter Backpacking, Day 4: North into the Past

After two days of hiking over Katahdin, I was looking forward to a day of long miles with little elevation: a day in the green tunnel.

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A rocky ridgeline sits under bright blue skies.

Baxter Backpacking, Day 3: Over the Top

As with all trails up Katahdin, ascending the Hamlin Ridge was more like bouldering rather than walking.

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Clouds settle over the top of Baxter Peak on Mount Katahdin.

Baxter Backpacking, Day 2: Katahdin

Like most trails up Katahdin, the Cathedral was more akin to bouldering than walking, with just as much use of hands as feet.

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A panoramic view of green mountains, forests, and blue skies.

Baxter Backpacking, Day 1: Drive and Run

I returned yesterday from seven nights of backpacking in Baxter State Park with my friend, Tom.

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A large tree stands in a green meadow.

Wrapping Up the Virginia Hike

We set out into the last bit of the AT in Virginia, between Shenandoah and Harper’s Ferry.

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An early sunset illuminates trees and distant mountains from this overlook.

High and Low in Shenandoah National Park

My memories say that Shenandoah is easy and boring. I learned that wasn’t accurate.

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Rolling green mountains extend as far as the eye can see.

Central Virginia App Mapping

After a day off, I was doing better. My aching feet were well rested and I was ready to hit the trail once again.

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A trail cuts through rolling hills and green farmland on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

Southern Virginia AT Mapping

We hiked into Virginia's Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, one of the most-hiked parts of the AT in the south.

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A beautiful view overlooks a snowy landscape and a frozen lake.

Camden Hills Winter Cabin

I’ve been planning a winter wonderland camping trip for the last weekend of the year with several friends.

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Fall colors are bright in fallen leaves and leaves remaining on trees.

Rivers and Brooks and Leaves, Oh My!

I found some hikes in the White Mountains that proved that even in the “green tunnel” you can find a great wilderness trip.

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A view from Mount Hight, looking at the Presidential Range of the White Mountains National Forest.

Wild River Wilderness Backpacking Loop

I met up with Philip and Steve for a two-night backpacking trip through one of the wildest regions of the White Mountains.

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A view shows a distant mountain range and a nearby rocky mountain covered in green trees.

Tumbledown Mountain Double-Loop

I hiked two full loops in the Tumbledown range, a day hike that was lot more punishing and rewarding than I thought.

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A Month at NOLS

I took a month-long instructor course at the National Outdoor Leadership School. Our time there took us into the Wind River Mountains. Here's a report on that NOLS course.

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