How to Choose the Best Satellite Messenger or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for Hiking

Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator

Introduction

Let me start by saying I am NOT an expert on satellite communication or personal location devices. I’m just a hiker who wanted to know what device was best for my PCT thru-hike and went down the rabbit hole of research (Google, YouTube, FB hiking groups) to find out. What I found was that there are many reviews of specific devices and some comparison reviews … [ Read more ]

Lightweight Hiking Gear: Popular Large and Cottage Gear Companies

Hiking gear

Here is a list of well-regarded hiking gear companies. It is far from exhaustive and I am sure I have left out some good brands, but it is a good place to start if you are new to long-distance hiking and are feeling a bit overwhelmed. Some of these are big brand names found in stores, some are independent but do sell through Amazon, and … [ Read more ]

Pacific Crest Trail Resources

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Planning to thru-hike or section hike the PCT? I hope you will find this collection of Pacific Crest Trail resources useful for preparing. Please note that I am mostly including only PCT-related links here but I also have a more general long-distance hiking resources page as well that you should definitely check out. If you are also interested in someday hiking … [ Read more ]

Try This Free Long-Distance Hiking Resupply Tool

hiking resupply

The Long-Distance Hiking Food Resupply Tool is a free, public Google Sheets spreadsheet I created to help long-distance hikers more easily plan resupplies. It currently includes almost 1300 common backpacker food options (including popular freeze-dried meals) with associated nutrition information.

Hiking and Nature Quotations

Hiking

If you’re into hiking and are a fan of quotations like I am, here’s a collection I put together when researching my Appalachian Trail and (future) Pacific Trail thru-hikes. There are quotations specific to the AT and PCT as well as general hiking, nature quotations.

Appalachian Trail Resources

Appalachian Trail barn

In preparation for my 2019 Appalachian Trail thru-hike I came across many useful resources. I don’t claim this list is complete, but I believe it is the most comprehensive one online. Regardless of your experience level, I’d be surprised if you can’t find something new here to interest you.

Analyzing My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike — Expenses and Statistics

Mt Katahdin

In 2019, I successfully completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, starting April 22 at Amicalola Falls in Georgia and ending August 24 on Mount Katahdin in Maine. I follow multiple online thru-hiking groups and people often ask about costs, mileage, time, etc. so since I tracked all of that I thought I would summarize it for anyone interested.

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Getting the Best Mobile Phone Service

Mobile Phone Phone Apple Equipment

For better or worse, mobile phones have become an indispensable piece of gear for most hikers. While you can use the camera and your favorite guidebook offline, having phone and Internet service can be helpful as well. Getting WiFi in towns and hiker hostels should be relatively easy but mobile service will depend on both the service provider (carrier) and the phone that you use.

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