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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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!

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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!

Read More

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?

Read More

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.

Read More

A lake reflects a nearby wildflower meadow and trees.
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Trail guides that get you to places you’ve dreamed of.

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Showers Lake Vista, Tahoe Rim Trail
Photo courtesy of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Showers Lake Vista, Tahoe Rim Trail
Photo courtesy of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Trail guides that get you to places you’ve dreamed of.

As the makers of Guthook Guides, Bikepacking Guides, and Cyclewayz, we help you navigate the most popular trails around the world on your smartphone. Our hiking guides and biking guides work completely offline. Let Guthook guide your next adventure!

Download our popular hiking and biking guides!