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Thru-Hiking 101

Welcome to the Atlas Guides Thru-Hiking 101 blog!

Here you will find all the resources necessary to accomplish a thru-hike!

We split up all of our resources by categories which you can choose from the list below.

a tent stake being used

Which Tent Stake is Best for Your Thru-Hike?

We took 4 types of tent stakes to the JMT to do a real field test over 17 days and 240 miles of hiking. Find out which one is best for you!

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Sawyer squeeze being filtered

How My Sawyer Squeeze Filter Performed on My JMT Thru-Hike

I tested a brand new Sawyer Squeeze on my 17 day thru-hike of the 211 mile John Muir Trail (250 actual miles).

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View from the John Muir Trail

8 Tips from My Recent John Muir Trail Hike

Even after hiking for many years, I learn something new every time I adventure out into the wild. Check out these 7 hiking tips before your next hike!

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Vacuum Sealer being used

Vacuum Sealers are Great for the Trail and at Home

Vacuum sealers are great for preparing backpacking meals for on trail, as well as preserving food you have at home.

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a hiker woman sitting on the ground wrapping her injured foot in a bandage

RICE Method for Injuries on Trail

If you are experiencing pain while you hike, using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) may help.

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photo of hiker packages in a mail room

5 Mailing Tips for Your Resupply Packages

Sending out resupply packages before your hike can be tricky. Follow these easy tips to have a stress free day when picking up your package.

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a tent on a mountain side

3 Popular Ground Cloths for Your Thru-Hike

A ground cloth or footprint is used to protect your tent floor from sharp objects that can easily puncture the bottom of your shelter.

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a tent stake being weighed

Should I Use a Scale?

If you're going on a thru-hike, you should try to keep your pack weight low. Here are different types of scales that could help prepare you!

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7 Sunscreen Tips

The majority of people don't apply enough sunscreen when they adventure outdoors. Here are 7 tips to stay protected while on trail!

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Ziploc baggies

The Best Plastic Sealable Bags to Take on Your Thru-Hike

Plastic sealable bags are a great way to organize your food and gear without adding a lot of weight. Find out which bag is best for you!

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Two hands holding up a part of a tent

Why You Should Seam Seal Your Tent Before Your Thru-Hike

Before you head out for your thru-hike or backpacking trip, it's important to ensure your tent seams are adequately sealed.

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a sewing kit

The Ideal Sewing Kit for Your Thru-Hike

A sewing kit is one of the most underrated hiking necessities. Here is what should be included in your sewing kit to be most prepared.

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A headlamp case, Sun Glasses case, and MSR case all open on a desk

3 Heavy Cases to Swap Out Before Your Thru-Hike

If you're not careful, you may end up carrying an unnecessary heavy case while backpacking. Find out which cases you should leave at home!

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A phone with with the calculator open above a hiking backpack

How to Calculate Your Base Weight

Reducing your pack weight is very important for thru-hikers and long-distance backpackers. To help reduce the total pack weight it's important to focus on the pack's base weight.

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A man packing up a green sleeping bag on a hill side

10 Weight Saving Tips

Lightweight backpacking or thru-hiking doesn't need to be expensive. Following these ten tips will help you along the way to packing a lighter pack.

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A woman wearing a black beanie and grey shirt out in the forest

3 Popular Outdoor Hoods to Keep You Warm

The head represents about 10% of the body's total surface area and leaving this exposed to the cold can rapidly reduce your body temperature. Here are three different types of hoods you can wear in the outdoors to keep you warm.

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a large cow trough filled with moss and mirky water

How to Purify Water While on Trail

Having a few purification tablets in your pack provides a great backup in case you need to purify water while you are hiking.

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spray painted tent stake in the ground

How to Properly Place Your Tent Stake

Tent stakes should be placed all the way into the ground with no angle. Here we show you how to properly place a tent stake while camping.

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Colorful down and synthetic jackets hanging

Synthetic vs. Down: Which is Best for Your Thru-Hike?

The two most popular insulators are made from synthetic fibers or down. When preparing for your thru-hike or backpacking trip, you should know which type of insulation is best for your needs.

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an assortment of blade sharpeners

How to Keep Your Knife Sharp

A dull knife can become more dangerous than a sharp knife so it's important to know how to keep your knife sharp to maintain its full utility.

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TSA holding a swiss army knife

Plane Restrictions (TSA Rules) to Consider Before Leaving for Your Thru-Hike

It's always important to check the most current TSA rules before traveling to your thru-hiking or backpacking destination by plane.

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insect repellent being sprayed onto clothing

How to Use Permethrin Insect Repellent on Clothing

The insect repellant, Permethrin, is designed for clothing and is effective against mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, chiggers, and mites.

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4 different common tent stakes

Holding Strength of 4 Common Tent Stakes

We tested the holding power of four of the most popular and commonly used tent stakes to see how they performed. Here is what we found...

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A hand spraying tent stakes over a pice of cardboard with spray paint

Why You May Want to Paint Your Tent Stakes

If you have tent stakes that are silver and are not colored at the top, they will likely be hard to see when you put them in the ground. Try this easy hack!

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multiple different kinds of tent stakes laid out in a pile

4 Types of Common Tent Stakes

There are four basic types of commonly used tent stakes: the Y-stake, V-stake, Shepherd's Hook stake, and the nail stake.

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knives laying on scale

What Type of Knife Should I Carry?

Every thru-hiker and backpacker should carry a knife. The best knife is one that can carry out multiple functions and remain lightweight.

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A Smartwater bottle, Hydro Flask, Platypus Water Bag, and Nalgene bottle next to each other on a table.

The Best and Worst Backpacking Water Bottles

We have identified two types of water containers you should avoid and two types you should consider using for your next thru-hike or backpacking trip.

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shovel being measured

Should I carry a shovel on my backpacking trip?

If you are going on an overnight backpacking trip or a thru-hike, you should really carry a shovel with you to dig your cat holes.

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a checklist of thru-hiking maintenance on top of some backpacks

Thru-Hiker Maintenance Checklist

Before every hike you should carefully inspect all your backpacking equipment to make sure everything is in good working order. For thru-hikers, gear should be thoroughly inspected and maintained at every town stop along their hike.

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A backpack with an ice axe and hiking poles on the snow

How to Attach an Ice Axe to a Backpack

If you are hiking the entire PCT or CDT, you will likely need an ice axe at some point. Learn how to securely attach one to your backpack.

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A WAG bag and a hand with a glove on holding the WAg bag gel powder next to it

How much fluid can a WAG bag absorb?

In this experiment we tested out the maximum amount of fluid a WAG (Waste Alleviation and Gelling) bag could absorb.

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Miscellaneous items in a hiker box

What is a Hiker Box?

A hiker box is a box or area where hikers, trail angels, or others leave items for other hikers. They can be filled with all types of things.

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portable bidet being squeezed

How to Use a Portable Backcountry Bidet

In some hiking areas, people are leaving a negative impact by littering toilet paper. The outdoor bidet can help alleviate this problem.

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hiking essentials lying across a table

The 10 Hiking Essentials

Certain equipment is so important it deserves to be carried on every hike. This list of essential hiking items can be a lifesaver if you're ever in an emergency.

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the north star

Finding the North Star

The ability to find the North Star (Polaris) in the night sky is a very important navigational skill. Here is how to find it...

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the phases of the moon

Understanding the 8 Phases of the Moon

Like the Earth, the Moon is always half illuminated by the Sun. Here are the eight phases of the Moon and what they look like...

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Four seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter next to each other

When is the best time to hike each trail?

Some trails you can hike all year round, but other trails are best hiked during specific seasons. See when the best time to hike each of our trails is, and start planning your next hike today!

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dirty socks, platypus water bottle, hiking detergent, plastic zipl oc bags assorted on grass

How To Do Your Laundry While Thru-Hiking

It's important to know how to safely do laundry in the outdoors. If you're a thru-hiker keeping your socks clean should be a top priority.

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We Tested 4 Popular Backpacking Headlamps

We compared four headlamps so you can see the advantages and disadvantages of the different types. The ideal headlamp for your hike will depend on your individual needs.

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A hole in a black jacket sleeve with repair tape and scissors.

How to Patch a Hole on Your Jacket or Tent

In a pinch, you can use duct tape to repair a tear, but for a more permanent repair I recommend using repair tape.

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Clorox bleach crystals next to a water bottle.

How to Sanitize Water Bottles with Bleach

It's super important to keep your water bottles clean on your thru-hike. Using bleach crystals is an easy, lightweight solution.

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A sawyer water filter soaking in a bowl of vinegar

How to Remove Calcium Buildup in your Sawyer Filter

If backwashing your Sawyer water filter doesn't help clear it, you might have calcium deposits. Try this easy trick to fix it.

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How to Safely Poop Anywhere

You know that feeling when you have to go, but can't find a good place to drop a load off? Using a WAG bag is the perfect solution!

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How to Select the Right Headlamp

There are now hundreds of different types of backpacking headlamps. By following these five basic steps you should be able to find a headlamp that works for you.

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PETZL e+LITE Emergency Headlamp

We reviewed the PETZL e+LITE emergency headlamp and found it is incredibly light and puts out a minimum amount illumination.

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PETZL Tactikka LED 300 Lumen Headlamp

The PETZL Tactikka 300 lumen headlamp puts out enough illumination for night hiking the less groomed trails.

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What is a Lumen?

A lumen is a measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a light source. Generally the higher lumens the better illumination.

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Princeton Tec Byte LED 200 Lumen Headlamp

We reviewed the Princeton Tec Byte 200 lumen headlamp and found it is lightweight & puts out a good amount of illumination for night hiking.

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Princeton Tec Byte LED 100 Lumen Headlamp

We reviewed the Princeton Tec Byte 100 lumen headlamp and found it is lightweight and puts out just enough illumination for night hiking.

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We Tested 5 of the Most Popular Backpacking Stoves in the Wind

We tested five of the most popular lightweight backpacking stoves in various controlled wind conditions to see which stove performed the best in fuel efficiency and boil times.

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A natural stone arch stands in the foreground of a red desert landscape.

5 Thru-hikes to Explore Throughout the Middle East, Canada, and South America

The Middle East, Canada, and South America are all beautiful places to thru-hike! Our 5 hiking guides provide an array of diverse hikes.

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6 Thru-hikes to Explore in Central US

Central US is a prime place to thru-hike! Our 6 hiking guides offer a plethora of diverse and beautiful hikes.

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11 Thru-hikes to Explore on the West Coast

The West Coast is the perfect place to explore! Our 11 hiking guides offer an abundance of diverse and beautiful hikes.

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A teal river winds through a lush green forest on New Zealand's Routeburn Track.

9 Thru-hikes to Explore in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand are a hiker's paradise. With an amazing variety of natural landscapes, our 9 hiking guides offer an array of regional hikes.

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12 Trails to Explore on the East Coast

From the Appalachian Trail to the thousands of miles of trails in the White Mountain National Forest, the East Coast is a hiker's dream.

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A paved road leads to an old stone church on England's South Downs Way.

10 Thru-hikes to Explore in Europe & UK

Have you ever wanted to go on a thru-hike in Europe or the UK? Check out these 10 incredible trails!

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Jetboil Stash Stove Review

We tested the newly released Jetboil Stash backpacking stove and this is what we found.

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What is the Best Lighter for Your Thru-Hike?

We tested three of the most popular disposable lighters based on cost, weight, packed dimensions, and number of lights. Find out which one was rated the best.

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Will a BIC Full Sized Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

The BIC full sized lighter is the most common disposable lighter in the United States. We ran some tests to see how long it would last.

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Will a Clipper Mini Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

The Clipper Mini lighter is a compact, refillable lighter popular in Europe and the UK. We ran some tests to see how long the Clipper Mini lighter would last.

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a preson holding a phone with a dead battery showing on the screen

10 Tips to Save Your Phone Battery on Trail

We know that in order to use our app out on the trail, you have to keep your phone battery alive! Here are some tips to try and keep your phone from dying quickly while you’re out hiking off the grid.

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Backpacking gear laid out on the floor.

9 Luxury Items to Consider Bringing on Your Thru-Hike

A luxury item can make a huge difference on your thru-hike. Here are some items you may want to consider bringing with you on your next thru-hike or backpacking trip.

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hiker standing in front of the sunset

8 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Thru-hike

Preparing for a thru-hike can be overwhelming if you don't have a plan. Here are 8 steps to get you started on your incredible journey.

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Five different sized backpacking cooking pots on a table.

Does the Diameter of Your Cooking Pot Matter?

We tested the difference between five different diameter pots to see if one size performed better than another. This is what we learned...

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A backpacking stove being connected to a fuel canister.

Should I disconnect my stove or keep it connected to the canister?

I always wondered whether I should leave my stove connected to my fuel canister or if it was better to take it off. Here's what I found...

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Thru-hiking FAQ Answered by the Community

We talked to some of our favorite thru-hikers about their experiences and advice for newer hikers. Here is what we learned.

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A man in a red jacket wearing sunglasses.

How to Make an Ultralight Glasses Case for Your Thru-Hike

Regular glasses cases are heavy. We came up with a better, more ultralight idea for you to consider on your thru-hiking or backpacking trip.

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A pack of 3 BIC Mini lighters in the grass.

Will a BIC Mini Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

As one of the most popular lighters for thru-hiking and backpacking, we decided to conduct a test and see how long a BIC Mini lighter would last.

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A bear canister full of Mountain House meals.

12 Backpacking Foods You Can Cram in a Bear Canister

We analyzed the calorie density of 12 different backpacking food items to illustrate the theoretical maximum number of calories that can be placed in a BearVault BV500 bear canister.

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11 Tips to Pack a Bear Canister

Are you going to bring a bear canister on your next thru-hike or backpacking trip? Here are some helpful tips to consider!

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A BV500 bear canister full of snickers.

How Many Snickers Can Fit in a Bear Canister?

Snickers bars are a very popular thru-hiking and backpacking food because of the high-calorie density they have. We decided to test it out and see how many Snickers we could fit into the average bear canister.

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Thru-Hiking Calorie and Food Weight Calculator

Calculate how many calories you'll burn while hiking and plan how much food you'll need to bring on your trip using our Calorie & Food Weight Calculator.

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Five different backpacking stoves attached to five different fuel canisters

We Tested 5 of the Most Popular Backpacking Stoves

We tested five of the most popular lightweight backpacking stoves to see which performed the best and which is the most affordable.

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Fuel Canister Cap? Or No Cap?

Should you carry the cap that comes with your fuel canister? We describe the reasons you should.

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Thru-Hiking 101: 4 Popular Fuel Canisters Compared

I analyzed the differences between the MSR IsoPro, Snow Peak Giga Power, OLicamp and the Jet Boil Jetpower fuel canisters to see which performed the best.

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Thru-hiking 101: Calculate the Cost of Your Thru-Hike

How much does a thru-hike cost? We put together a thru-hike cost calculator so you can estimate the cost of your next long-distance hike based on your own hiking style.

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5 Stove Tips That Will Save You Fuel

The best way to make your fuel last is to follow these five simple stove tips. Doing so can potentially double the life of your fuel canister.

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Useful Knots for Hikers: The Sheet Bend Knot

One of the most important knots a hiker can learn is called the "Sheet Bend." This knot is great for joining two lines together and can be very useful while out on the trail.

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A backpacking fuel canister being weighed on a scale.

Thru-Hiking 101: How Much Stove Fuel Should You Carry

The best way to determine how much fuel you will need while hiking is to test your stove at home before your hike. Here are some equations to help you out.

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A trail next to a lake and some mountains.

Thru-Hiking 101: Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles on Trail

Leave No Trace is a broad set of principles that we should all use to guide our outdoor behavior. Here is our take on the Seven Principles as they apply to no-impact hiking.

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Thru-Hiking 101: Measuring Cup Hacks

Cooking a meal on the trail can be more difficult than cooking meals at home. Here are some tips and hacks to convert your cooking pot into a measuring cup.

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A variety of backpacking spoons in a line on a table.

The Best Ultralight Backpacking Spoon

A backpacking spoon is one of the most cherished pieces of gear a hiker carries. We tested seven different spoons for performance, price, and weight to help you make your utensil decision!

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Thru-hiking 101: Warehouse vs Retail Food Prices

When it comes to purchasing backpacking food, taking advantage of warehouse stores like Costco or Sams Club can save time and money. Here are some tips to help you shop smart for your hike.

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Four lightning strikes on a dark and flat mountain.

Understanding Lightning & Thunder on the Trail

When hiking or backpacking, it's very important to understand more about lightning and thunder to help keep you and your trail family safe.

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The inside of the Timberline Lodge Buffet on the PCT in Oregon.

Thru-hiking 101: Tips for Planning your Food in Town

Town food can be one of the most expensive parts of long-distance hiking. Here are some tips on where to eat and how to best spend your money when in town.

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A view of Copper Manor Motel from across the street.

Thru-hiking 101: Trail Town Accommodations

This post covers one of the most expensive things you can do in town: stay the night. Here are options from camping outside of town to staying in a motel.

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Trail Permits: What You Need to Know

We've collected permit information for nearly all of the trails we offer guides to. Permits can be complicated, and we aim to make it simpler for you!

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A pile of backpacking food on the ground in front of a backpack.

Thru-hiking 101: Intro to Trail Food

Preparing food for a long backpacking trip can be overwhelming. We provide some tips on how to choose the right food for you!

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How Many Calories Do You Burn While Thru-Hiking?

This blog post considers different body weights and hiking styles to provide a better estimate of the number of calories you will burn while backpacking.

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The Effect of Shoe Weight on Hiking Speed

Paul conducted an experiment to set out and see if he can provide scientific evidence that a lighter shoe is better for long-distance hiking.

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A woman sitting on a rock in the woods.

How to Optimize Your Break Time While Hiking

What is the optimal break time when you want to hike big miles?

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How to Send a Check-In in the Guthook Guides App

Here are step-by-step instructions to send a Check-in in the new social feature in your Android and iPhone Guthook Guides app.

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6 Instant Coffee Brands for Thru-Hiking

We taste-tested 10 different instant coffees and a few mocha mixes. Find out how they taste, how much they cost, and whether this is a good choice for your backpacking trip.

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GSI Outdoors Coffee Rocket Maker

8 Ways to Make Coffee While Thru-Hiking or Camping

We tested eight different methods for making coffee in the outdoors, each with varying taste, cost, and weight.

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Measuring the amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush.

How Long Will My Toothpaste Last On A Thru-Hike?

Have you ever wondered how long a travel-size tube of toothpaste should last? We did the research so you will know.

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A Sawyer water filter separated into three pieces.

Review: We Sawed a Sawyer Squeeze Filter in Half!

We disassembled a Sawyer Squeeze filter to show you how it filters water and why you should backflush it to keep it clean.

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Three hikers walking through a dense green forest.

Thru-Hiking Lingo 101

New to the thru-hiking world? Don't worry! Check out these terms to learn the "thru-hiking lingo" and you'll be a part of the hiker trash fam in no time.

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Bowline knot

Useful Knots for Hikers: The Bowline

The Bowline knot creates a secure loop that can be very useful while hiking.

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Useful Knots for Hikers: The Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches

The round turn and two half hitches is a useful knot for backpackers.

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Hiking Tip: What To Do When Your Phone Battery Gets Too Cold

Your battery indicator doesn't always tell you the truth. When hiking, here is what you should do if your phone battery gets too cold...

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Review: Sawyer Mini, Micro and Squeeze Compared

I wrap up my series of Sawyer filter reviews by testing the flow rate of the Sawyer Mini against the Squeeze and Micro.

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Review: Should I carry the Sawyer Syringe?

It is more effective to use the Sawyer coupler or a Smartwater bottle nozzle to backflush your Sawyer Squeeze filter than to use the Sawyer syringe that comes packaged with the Sawyer Squeeze filter.

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Review: Sawyer Squeeze and Sawyer Micro 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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A girl hiking on a trail.

How Long Does it Take to Hike Each Trail?

Would you like to hike for 5-6 months? A few weeks? A few days? We've got you covered. See how long each of our trails are by time and length.

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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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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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Choosing the Right Charger for your Thru-Hike

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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hiking essentials lying across a table

The 10 Hiking Essentials

Certain equipment is so important it deserves to be carried on every hike. This list of essential hiking items can be a lifesaver if you're ever in an emergency.

Read More

Thru-hiking 101: Calculate the Cost of Your Thru-Hike

How much does a thru-hike cost? We put together a thru-hike cost calculator so you can estimate the cost of your next long-distance hike based on your own hiking style.

Read More

A view of Copper Manor Motel from across the street.

Thru-hiking 101: Trail Town Accommodations

This post covers one of the most expensive things you can do in town: stay the night. Here are options from camping outside of town to staying in a motel.

Read More

a tent stake being used

Which Tent Stake is Best for Your Thru-Hike?

We took 4 types of tent stakes to the JMT to do a real field test over 17 days and 240 miles of hiking. Find out which one is best for you!

Read More

Sawyer squeeze being filtered

How My Sawyer Squeeze Filter Performed on My JMT Thru-Hike

I tested a brand new Sawyer Squeeze on my 17 day thru-hike of the 211 mile John Muir Trail (250 actual miles).

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View from the John Muir Trail

8 Tips from My Recent John Muir Trail Hike

Even after hiking for many years, I learn something new every time I adventure out into the wild. Check out these 7 hiking tips before your next hike!

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Vacuum Sealer being used

Vacuum Sealers are Great for the Trail and at Home

Vacuum sealers are great for preparing backpacking meals for on trail, as well as preserving food you have at home.

Read More

a tent on a mountain side

3 Popular Ground Cloths for Your Thru-Hike

A ground cloth or footprint is used to protect your tent floor from sharp objects that can easily puncture the bottom of your shelter.

Read More

a tent stake being weighed

Should I Use a Scale?

If you're going on a thru-hike, you should try to keep your pack weight low. Here are different types of scales that could help prepare you!

Read More

Sunscreen header

7 Sunscreen Tips

The majority of people don't apply enough sunscreen when they adventure outdoors. Here are 7 tips to stay protected while on trail!

Read More

Ziploc baggies

The Best Plastic Sealable Bags to Take on Your Thru-Hike

Plastic sealable bags are a great way to organize your food and gear without adding a lot of weight. Find out which bag is best for you!

Read More

Two hands holding up a part of a tent

Why You Should Seam Seal Your Tent Before Your Thru-Hike

Before you head out for your thru-hike or backpacking trip, it's important to ensure your tent seams are adequately sealed.

Read More

a sewing kit

The Ideal Sewing Kit for Your Thru-Hike

A sewing kit is one of the most underrated hiking necessities. Here is what should be included in your sewing kit to be most prepared.

Read More

A headlamp case, Sun Glasses case, and MSR case all open on a desk

3 Heavy Cases to Swap Out Before Your Thru-Hike

If you're not careful, you may end up carrying an unnecessary heavy case while backpacking. Find out which cases you should leave at home!

Read More

A phone with with the calculator open above a hiking backpack

How to Calculate Your Base Weight

Reducing your pack weight is very important for thru-hikers and long-distance backpackers. To help reduce the total pack weight it's important to focus on the pack's base weight.

Read More

A man packing up a green sleeping bag on a hill side

10 Weight Saving Tips

Lightweight backpacking or thru-hiking doesn't need to be expensive. Following these ten tips will help you along the way to packing a lighter pack.

Read More

A woman wearing a black beanie and grey shirt out in the forest

3 Popular Outdoor Hoods to Keep You Warm

The head represents about 10% of the body's total surface area and leaving this exposed to the cold can rapidly reduce your body temperature. Here are three different types of hoods you can wear in the outdoors to keep you warm.

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a large cow trough filled with moss and mirky water

How to Purify Water While on Trail

Having a few purification tablets in your pack provides a great backup in case you need to purify water while you are hiking.

Read More

spray painted tent stake in the ground

How to Properly Place Your Tent Stake

Tent stakes should be placed all the way into the ground with no angle. Here we show you how to properly place a tent stake while camping.

Read More

Colorful down and synthetic jackets hanging

Synthetic vs. Down: Which is Best for Your Thru-Hike?

The two most popular insulators are made from synthetic fibers or down. When preparing for your thru-hike or backpacking trip, you should know which type of insulation is best for your needs.

Read More

an assortment of blade sharpeners

How to Keep Your Knife Sharp

A dull knife can become more dangerous than a sharp knife so it's important to know how to keep your knife sharp to maintain its full utility.

Read More

insect repellent being sprayed onto clothing

How to Use Permethrin Insect Repellent on Clothing

The insect repellant, Permethrin, is designed for clothing and is effective against mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, chiggers, and mites.

Read More

4 different common tent stakes

Holding Strength of 4 Common Tent Stakes

We tested the holding power of four of the most popular and commonly used tent stakes to see how they performed. Here is what we found...

Read More

A hand spraying tent stakes over a pice of cardboard with spray paint

Why You May Want to Paint Your Tent Stakes

If you have tent stakes that are silver and are not colored at the top, they will likely be hard to see when you put them in the ground. Try this easy hack!

Read More

multiple different kinds of tent stakes laid out in a pile

4 Types of Common Tent Stakes

There are four basic types of commonly used tent stakes: the Y-stake, V-stake, Shepherd's Hook stake, and the nail stake.

Read More

knives laying on scale

What Type of Knife Should I Carry?

Every thru-hiker and backpacker should carry a knife. The best knife is one that can carry out multiple functions and remain lightweight.

Read More

A Smartwater bottle, Hydro Flask, Platypus Water Bag, and Nalgene bottle next to each other on a table.

The Best and Worst Backpacking Water Bottles

We have identified two types of water containers you should avoid and two types you should consider using for your next thru-hike or backpacking trip.

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shovel being measured

Should I carry a shovel on my backpacking trip?

If you are going on an overnight backpacking trip or a thru-hike, you should really carry a shovel with you to dig your cat holes.

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A backpack with an ice axe and hiking poles on the snow

How to Attach an Ice Axe to a Backpack

If you are hiking the entire PCT or CDT, you will likely need an ice axe at some point. Learn how to securely attach one to your backpack.

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What is a Hiker Box?

A hiker box is a box or area where hikers, trail angels, or others leave items for other hikers. They can be filled with all types of things.

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How to Use a Portable Backcountry Bidet

In some hiking areas, people are leaving a negative impact by littering toilet paper. The outdoor bidet can help alleviate this problem.

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The 10 Hiking Essentials

Certain equipment is so important it deserves to be carried on every hike. This list of essential hiking items can be a lifesaver if you're ever in an emergency.

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We Tested 4 Popular Backpacking Headlamps

We compared four headlamps so you can see the advantages and disadvantages of the different types. The ideal headlamp for your hike will depend on your individual needs.

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A hole in a black jacket sleeve with repair tape and scissors.

How to Patch a Hole on Your Jacket or Tent

In a pinch, you can use duct tape to repair a tear, but for a more permanent repair I recommend using repair tape.

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Clorox bleach crystals next to a water bottle.

How to Sanitize Water Bottles with Bleach

It's super important to keep your water bottles clean on your thru-hike. Using bleach crystals is an easy, lightweight solution.

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How to Remove Calcium Buildup in your Sawyer Filter

If backwashing your Sawyer water filter doesn't help clear it, you might have calcium deposits. Try this easy trick to fix it.

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PETZL e+LITE Emergency Headlamp

We reviewed the PETZL e+LITE emergency headlamp and found it is incredibly light and puts out a minimum amount illumination.

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PETZL Tactikka LED 300 Lumen Headlamp

The PETZL Tactikka 300 lumen headlamp puts out enough illumination for night hiking the less groomed trails.

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What is a Lumen?

A lumen is a measure of the total quantity of visible light emitted by a light source. Generally the higher lumens the better illumination.

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Princeton Tec Byte LED 200 Lumen Headlamp

We reviewed the Princeton Tec Byte 200 lumen headlamp and found it is lightweight & puts out a good amount of illumination for night hiking.

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Princeton Tec Byte LED 100 Lumen Headlamp

We reviewed the Princeton Tec Byte 100 lumen headlamp and found it is lightweight and puts out just enough illumination for night hiking.

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We Tested 5 of the Most Popular Backpacking Stoves in the Wind

We tested five of the most popular lightweight backpacking stoves in various controlled wind conditions to see which stove performed the best in fuel efficiency and boil times.

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Jetboil Stash Stove Review

We tested the newly released Jetboil Stash backpacking stove and this is what we found.

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What is the Best Lighter for Your Thru-Hike?

We tested three of the most popular disposable lighters based on cost, weight, packed dimensions, and number of lights. Find out which one was rated the best.

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Will a BIC Full Sized Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

The BIC full sized lighter is the most common disposable lighter in the United States. We ran some tests to see how long it would last.

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Will a Clipper Mini Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

The Clipper Mini lighter is a compact, refillable lighter popular in Europe and the UK. We ran some tests to see how long the Clipper Mini lighter would last.

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10 Tips to Save Your Phone Battery on Trail

We know that in order to use our app out on the trail, you have to keep your phone battery alive! Here are some tips to try and keep your phone from dying quickly while you’re out hiking off the grid.

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Backpacking gear laid out on the floor.

9 Luxury Items to Consider Bringing on Your Thru-Hike

A luxury item can make a huge difference on your thru-hike. Here are some items you may want to consider bringing with you on your next thru-hike or backpacking trip.

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Five different sized backpacking cooking pots on a table.

Does the Diameter of Your Cooking Pot Matter?

We tested the difference between five different diameter pots to see if one size performed better than another. This is what we learned...

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A backpacking stove being connected to a fuel canister.

Should I disconnect my stove or keep it connected to the canister?

I always wondered whether I should leave my stove connected to my fuel canister or if it was better to take it off. Here's what I found...

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A man in a red jacket wearing sunglasses.

How to Make an Ultralight Glasses Case for Your Thru-Hike

Regular glasses cases are heavy. We came up with a better, more ultralight idea for you to consider on your thru-hiking or backpacking trip.

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A pack of 3 BIC Mini lighters in the grass.

Will a BIC Mini Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

As one of the most popular lighters for thru-hiking and backpacking, we decided to conduct a test and see how long a BIC Mini lighter would last.

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A bear canister full of Mountain House meals.

12 Backpacking Foods You Can Cram in a Bear Canister

We analyzed the calorie density of 12 different backpacking food items to illustrate the theoretical maximum number of calories that can be placed in a BearVault BV500 bear canister.

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11 Tips to Pack a Bear Canister

Are you going to bring a bear canister on your next thru-hike or backpacking trip? Here are some helpful tips to consider!

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The Best Ultralight Backpacking Spoon

A backpacking spoon is one of the most cherished pieces of gear a hiker carries. We tested seven different spoons for performance, price, and weight to help you make your utensil decision!

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The Effect of Shoe Weight on Hiking Speed

Paul conducted an experiment to set out and see if he can provide scientific evidence that a lighter shoe is better for long-distance hiking.

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Measuring the amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush.

How Long Will My Toothpaste Last On A Thru-Hike?

Have you ever wondered how long a travel-size tube of toothpaste should last? We did the research so you will know.

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A Sawyer water filter separated into three pieces.

Review: We Sawed a Sawyer Squeeze Filter in Half!

We disassembled a Sawyer Squeeze filter to show you how it filters water and why you should backflush it to keep it clean.

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Review: Sawyer Mini, Micro and Squeeze Compared

I wrap up my series of Sawyer filter reviews by testing the flow rate of the Sawyer Mini against the Squeeze and Micro.

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Review: Should I carry the Sawyer Syringe?

It is more effective to use the Sawyer coupler or a Smartwater bottle nozzle to backflush your Sawyer Squeeze filter than to use the Sawyer syringe that comes packaged with the Sawyer Squeeze filter.

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Review: Sawyer Squeeze and Sawyer Micro 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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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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7 Sunscreen Tips

The majority of people don't apply enough sunscreen when they adventure outdoors. Here are 7 tips to stay protected while on trail!

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A bear canister full of Mountain House meals.

12 Backpacking Foods You Can Cram in a Bear Canister

We analyzed the calorie density of 12 different backpacking food items to illustrate the theoretical maximum number of calories that can be placed in a BearVault BV500 bear canister.

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11 Tips to Pack a Bear Canister

Are you going to bring a bear canister on your next thru-hike or backpacking trip? Here are some helpful tips to consider!

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A BV500 bear canister full of snickers.

How Many Snickers Can Fit in a Bear Canister?

Snickers bars are a very popular thru-hiking and backpacking food because of the high-calorie density they have. We decided to test it out and see how many Snickers we could fit into the average bear canister.

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Thru-Hiking Calorie and Food Weight Calculator

Calculate how many calories you'll burn while hiking and plan how much food you'll need to bring on your trip using our Calorie & Food Weight Calculator.

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Thru-Hiking 101: Measuring Cup Hacks

Cooking a meal on the trail can be more difficult than cooking meals at home. Here are some tips and hacks to convert your cooking pot into a measuring cup.

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Thru-hiking 101: Warehouse vs Retail Food Prices

When it comes to purchasing backpacking food, taking advantage of warehouse stores like Costco or Sams Club can save time and money. Here are some tips to help you shop smart for your hike.

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The inside of the Timberline Lodge Buffet on the PCT in Oregon.

Thru-hiking 101: Tips for Planning your Food in Town

Town food can be one of the most expensive parts of long-distance hiking. Here are some tips on where to eat and how to best spend your money when in town.

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A pile of backpacking food on the ground in front of a backpack.

Thru-hiking 101: Intro to Trail Food

Preparing food for a long backpacking trip can be overwhelming. We provide some tips on how to choose the right food for you!

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How Many Calories Do You Burn While Thru-Hiking?

This blog post considers different body weights and hiking styles to provide a better estimate of the number of calories you will burn while backpacking.

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6 Instant Coffee Brands for Thru-Hiking

We taste-tested 10 different instant coffees and a few mocha mixes. Find out how they taste, how much they cost, and whether this is a good choice for your backpacking trip.

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GSI Outdoors Coffee Rocket Maker

8 Ways to Make Coffee While Thru-Hiking or Camping

We tested eight different methods for making coffee in the outdoors, each with varying taste, cost, and weight.

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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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We Tested 5 of the Most Popular Backpacking Stoves in the Wind

We tested five of the most popular lightweight backpacking stoves in various controlled wind conditions to see which stove performed the best in fuel efficiency and boil times.

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Jetboil Stash Stove Review

We tested the newly released Jetboil Stash backpacking stove and this is what we found.

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What is the Best Lighter for Your Thru-Hike?

We tested three of the most popular disposable lighters based on cost, weight, packed dimensions, and number of lights. Find out which one was rated the best.

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Will a BIC Full Sized Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

The BIC full sized lighter is the most common disposable lighter in the United States. We ran some tests to see how long it would last.

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Will a Clipper Mini Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

The Clipper Mini lighter is a compact, refillable lighter popular in Europe and the UK. We ran some tests to see how long the Clipper Mini lighter would last.

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Five different sized backpacking cooking pots on a table.

Does the Diameter of Your Cooking Pot Matter?

We tested the difference between five different diameter pots to see if one size performed better than another. This is what we learned...

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A backpacking stove being connected to a fuel canister.

Should I disconnect my stove or keep it connected to the canister?

I always wondered whether I should leave my stove connected to my fuel canister or if it was better to take it off. Here's what I found...

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A pack of 3 BIC Mini lighters in the grass.

Will a BIC Mini Lighter Last for Your Entire Thru-Hike?

As one of the most popular lighters for thru-hiking and backpacking, we decided to conduct a test and see how long a BIC Mini lighter would last.

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Five different backpacking stoves attached to five different fuel canisters

We Tested 5 of the Most Popular Backpacking Stoves

We tested five of the most popular lightweight backpacking stoves to see which performed the best and which is the most affordable.

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Fuel Canister Cap? Or No Cap?

Should you carry the cap that comes with your fuel canister? We describe the reasons you should.

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Thru-Hiking 101: 4 Popular Fuel Canisters Compared

I analyzed the differences between the MSR IsoPro, Snow Peak Giga Power, OLicamp and the Jet Boil Jetpower fuel canisters to see which performed the best.

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5 Stove Tips That Will Save You Fuel

The best way to make your fuel last is to follow these five simple stove tips. Doing so can potentially double the life of your fuel canister.

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A backpacking fuel canister being weighed on a scale.

Thru-Hiking 101: How Much Stove Fuel Should You Carry

The best way to determine how much fuel you will need while hiking is to test your stove at home before your hike. Here are some equations to help you out.

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Thru-Hiking 101: Measuring Cup Hacks

Cooking a meal on the trail can be more difficult than cooking meals at home. Here are some tips and hacks to convert your cooking pot into a measuring cup.

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5 Mailing Tips for Your Resupply Packages

Sending out resupply packages before your hike can be tricky. Follow these easy tips to have a stress free day when picking up your package.

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3 Popular Ground Cloths for Your Thru-Hike

A ground cloth or footprint is used to protect your tent floor from sharp objects that can easily puncture the bottom of your shelter.

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Should I Use a Scale?

If you're going on a thru-hike, you should try to keep your pack weight low. Here are different types of scales that could help prepare you!

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7 Sunscreen Tips

The majority of people don't apply enough sunscreen when they adventure outdoors. Here are 7 tips to stay protected while on trail!

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Ziploc baggies

The Best Plastic Sealable Bags to Take on Your Thru-Hike

Plastic sealable bags are a great way to organize your food and gear without adding a lot of weight. Find out which bag is best for you!

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Why You Should Seam Seal Your Tent Before Your Thru-Hike

Before you head out for your thru-hike or backpacking trip, it's important to ensure your tent seams are adequately sealed.

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The Ideal Sewing Kit for Your Thru-Hike

A sewing kit is one of the most underrated hiking necessities. Here is what should be included in your sewing kit to be most prepared.

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3 Heavy Cases to Swap Out Before Your Thru-Hike

If you're not careful, you may end up carrying an unnecessary heavy case while backpacking. Find out which cases you should leave at home!

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How to Calculate Your Base Weight

Reducing your pack weight is very important for thru-hikers and long-distance backpackers. To help reduce the total pack weight it's important to focus on the pack's base weight.

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10 Weight Saving Tips

Lightweight backpacking or thru-hiking doesn't need to be expensive. Following these ten tips will help you along the way to packing a lighter pack.

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How to Purify Water While on Trail

Having a few purification tablets in your pack provides a great backup in case you need to purify water while you are hiking.

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Plane Restrictions (TSA Rules) to Consider Before Leaving for Your Thru-Hike

It's always important to check the most current TSA rules before traveling to your thru-hiking or backpacking destination by plane.

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Holding Strength of 4 Common Tent Stakes

We tested the holding power of four of the most popular and commonly used tent stakes to see how they performed. Here is what we found...

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Why You May Want to Paint Your Tent Stakes

If you have tent stakes that are silver and are not colored at the top, they will likely be hard to see when you put them in the ground. Try this easy hack!

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4 Types of Common Tent Stakes

There are four basic types of commonly used tent stakes: the Y-stake, V-stake, Shepherd's Hook stake, and the nail stake.

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What Type of Knife Should I Carry?

Every thru-hiker and backpacker should carry a knife. The best knife is one that can carry out multiple functions and remain lightweight.

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Should I carry a shovel on my backpacking trip?

If you are going on an overnight backpacking trip or a thru-hike, you should really carry a shovel with you to dig your cat holes.

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Thru-Hiker Maintenance Checklist

Before every hike you should carefully inspect all your backpacking equipment to make sure everything is in good working order. For thru-hikers, gear should be thoroughly inspected and maintained at every town stop along their hike.

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A WAG bag and a hand with a glove on holding the WAg bag gel powder next to it

How much fluid can a WAG bag absorb?

In this experiment we tested out the maximum amount of fluid a WAG (Waste Alleviation and Gelling) bag could absorb.

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The 10 Hiking Essentials

Certain equipment is so important it deserves to be carried on every hike. This list of essential hiking items can be a lifesaver if you're ever in an emergency.

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Four seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter next to each other

When is the best time to hike each trail?

Some trails you can hike all year round, but other trails are best hiked during specific seasons. See when the best time to hike each of our trails is, and start planning your next hike today!

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dirty socks, platypus water bottle, hiking detergent, plastic zipl oc bags assorted on grass

How To Do Your Laundry While Thru-Hiking

It's important to know how to safely do laundry in the outdoors. If you're a thru-hiker keeping your socks clean should be a top priority.

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A hole in a black jacket sleeve with repair tape and scissors.

How to Patch a Hole on Your Jacket or Tent

In a pinch, you can use duct tape to repair a tear, but for a more permanent repair I recommend using repair tape.

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5 Thru-hikes to Explore Throughout the Middle East, Canada, and South America

The Middle East, Canada, and South America are all beautiful places to thru-hike! Our 5 hiking guides provide an array of diverse hikes.

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6 Thru-hikes to Explore in Central US

Central US is a prime place to thru-hike! Our 6 hiking guides offer a plethora of diverse and beautiful hikes.

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11 Thru-hikes to Explore on the West Coast

The West Coast is the perfect place to explore! Our 11 hiking guides offer an abundance of diverse and beautiful hikes.

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A teal river winds through a lush green forest on New Zealand's Routeburn Track.

9 Thru-hikes to Explore in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand are a hiker's paradise. With an amazing variety of natural landscapes, our 9 hiking guides offer an array of regional hikes.

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12 Trails to Explore on the East Coast

From the Appalachian Trail to the thousands of miles of trails in the White Mountain National Forest, the East Coast is a hiker's dream.

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A paved road leads to an old stone church on England's South Downs Way.

10 Thru-hikes to Explore in Europe & UK

Have you ever wanted to go on a thru-hike in Europe or the UK? Check out these 10 incredible trails!

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10 Tips to Save Your Phone Battery on Trail

We know that in order to use our app out on the trail, you have to keep your phone battery alive! Here are some tips to try and keep your phone from dying quickly while you’re out hiking off the grid.

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Backpacking gear laid out on the floor.

9 Luxury Items to Consider Bringing on Your Thru-Hike

A luxury item can make a huge difference on your thru-hike. Here are some items you may want to consider bringing with you on your next thru-hike or backpacking trip.

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hiker standing in front of the sunset

8 Things You Should Do to Prepare for a Thru-hike

Preparing for a thru-hike can be overwhelming if you don't have a plan. Here are 8 steps to get you started on your incredible journey.

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Thru-hiking FAQ Answered by the Community

We talked to some of our favorite thru-hikers about their experiences and advice for newer hikers. Here is what we learned.

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Thru-Hiking Calorie and Food Weight Calculator

Calculate how many calories you'll burn while hiking and plan how much food you'll need to bring on your trip using our Calorie & Food Weight Calculator.

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Thru-hiking 101: Calculate the Cost of Your Thru-Hike

How much does a thru-hike cost? We put together a thru-hike cost calculator so you can estimate the cost of your next long-distance hike based on your own hiking style.

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A trail next to a lake and some mountains.

Thru-Hiking 101: Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles on Trail

Leave No Trace is a broad set of principles that we should all use to guide our outdoor behavior. Here is our take on the Seven Principles as they apply to no-impact hiking.

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A view of Copper Manor Motel from across the street.

Thru-hiking 101: Trail Town Accommodations

This post covers one of the most expensive things you can do in town: stay the night. Here are options from camping outside of town to staying in a motel.

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Trail Permits: What You Need to Know

We've collected permit information for nearly all of the trails we offer guides to. Permits can be complicated, and we aim to make it simpler for you!

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A woman sitting on a rock in the woods.

How to Optimize Your Break Time While Hiking

What is the optimal break time when you want to hike big miles?

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Three hikers walking through a dense green forest.

Thru-Hiking Lingo 101

New to the thru-hiking world? Don't worry! Check out these terms to learn the "thru-hiking lingo" and you'll be a part of the hiker trash fam in no time.

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How Long Does it Take to Hike Each Trail?

Would you like to hike for 5-6 months? A few weeks? A few days? We've got you covered. See how long each of our trails are by time and length.

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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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A man packing up a green sleeping bag on a hill side

10 Weight Saving Tips

Lightweight backpacking or thru-hiking doesn't need to be expensive. Following these ten tips will help you along the way to packing a lighter pack.

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A backpack with an ice axe and hiking poles on the snow

How to Attach an Ice Axe to a Backpack

If you are hiking the entire PCT or CDT, you will likely need an ice axe at some point. Learn how to securely attach one to your backpack.

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portable bidet being squeezed

How to Use a Portable Backcountry Bidet

In some hiking areas, people are leaving a negative impact by littering toilet paper. The outdoor bidet can help alleviate this problem.

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the north star

Finding the North Star

The ability to find the North Star (Polaris) in the night sky is a very important navigational skill. Here is how to find it...

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Four seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter next to each other

When is the best time to hike each trail?

Some trails you can hike all year round, but other trails are best hiked during specific seasons. See when the best time to hike each of our trails is, and start planning your next hike today!

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dirty socks, platypus water bottle, hiking detergent, plastic zipl oc bags assorted on grass

How To Do Your Laundry While Thru-Hiking

It's important to know how to safely do laundry in the outdoors. If you're a thru-hiker keeping your socks clean should be a top priority.

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A hole in a black jacket sleeve with repair tape and scissors.

How to Patch a Hole on Your Jacket or Tent

In a pinch, you can use duct tape to repair a tear, but for a more permanent repair I recommend using repair tape.

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Clorox bleach crystals next to a water bottle.

How to Sanitize Water Bottles with Bleach

It's super important to keep your water bottles clean on your thru-hike. Using bleach crystals is an easy, lightweight solution.

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A sawyer water filter soaking in a bowl of vinegar

How to Remove Calcium Buildup in your Sawyer Filter

If backwashing your Sawyer water filter doesn't help clear it, you might have calcium deposits. Try this easy trick to fix it.

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How to Safely Poop Anywhere

You know that feeling when you have to go, but can't find a good place to drop a load off? Using a WAG bag is the perfect solution!

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Useful Knots for Hikers: The Sheet Bend Knot

One of the most important knots a hiker can learn is called the "Sheet Bend." This knot is great for joining two lines together and can be very useful while out on the trail.

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A trail next to a lake and some mountains.

Thru-Hiking 101: Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles on Trail

Leave No Trace is a broad set of principles that we should all use to guide our outdoor behavior. Here is our take on the Seven Principles as they apply to no-impact hiking.

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Four lightning strikes on a dark and flat mountain.

Understanding Lightning & Thunder on the Trail

When hiking or backpacking, it's very important to understand more about lightning and thunder to help keep you and your trail family safe.

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A view of Copper Manor Motel from across the street.

Thru-hiking 101: Trail Town Accommodations

This post covers one of the most expensive things you can do in town: stay the night. Here are options from camping outside of town to staying in a motel.

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A woman sitting on a rock in the woods.

How to Optimize Your Break Time While Hiking

What is the optimal break time when you want to hike big miles?

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Bowline knot

Useful Knots for Hikers: The Bowline

The Bowline knot creates a secure loop that can be very useful while hiking.

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Useful Knots for Hikers: The Round Turn and Two Half-Hitches

The round turn and two half hitches is a useful knot for backpackers.

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How to Send a Check-In in the Guthook Guides App

Here are step-by-step instructions to send a Check-in in the new social feature in your Android and iPhone Guthook Guides app.

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Hiking Tip: What To Do When Your Phone Battery Gets Too Cold

Your battery indicator doesn't always tell you the truth. When hiking, here is what you should do if your phone battery gets too cold...

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Choosing the Right Charger for your Thru-Hike

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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