Long-Distance Hiking Resources

Like this content? Interested in hiking the Appalachian Trail or other long-distance hiking trails? If so, check out my book of advice for planning a thru-hike, Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail: A Complete Guide. It covers everything you need to know and more than you probably thought to consider.

Interested in long-distance hiking or thru-hiking? Here’s a useful collection of online resources to help you prepare. Most were originally in my collection of Appalachian Trail thru-hiking resources but since I have now added a Pacific Crest Trail resources page as well, I decided to separate out the resources that are useful to long-distance hiking, regardless of the trail.

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Last Updated: May 15, 2023
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Blogs, Communities, Forums and Social Media Accounts

  1. Backpacking Light
  2. Backcountry Post
  3. Backpacker Comics (IG) by Evan Schaeffer
  4. Bearfoot Theory
  5. CleverHiker by Dave & Annie
  6. Fowler-O’Sullivan Foundation (FB, website) provides assistance to families of missing hikers across the United States and supports initiatives to prevent future missing hiker cases.
  7. HammockForums.net 
  8. High Sierra Topix (HST)
  9. HikerLink is a social media platform launched by The Trek for thru-hikers. You can search for fellow hikers on the site by trail name, trail, year, and direction. That way, you can easily connect with fellow members of the Class of 2023 and let your hiker flag fly proudly. HikerLink is a great way to connect with fellow hikers in advance. You can also use it to keep in touch with tramily members if you get separated on the trail and reconnect with hiker buddies after you finish.
  10. Hiker Lost and Found (Facebook, Instagram) is a project/service to help hikers all over find gear they have lost and/or report gear that has been found.
  11. Hikers of Color (Facebook group)
  12. Hiking & Backpacking Related Memes (Facebook group)
  13. Hiking, camping, & basic outdoor life for DIABETIC’S Type1 & Type 2 (Facebook Group)
  14. Hiking for Her by Diane Spicer
  15. Night Hiking To Mars (hiking and backpacking humor) by Shane O’Donnell
  16. PopUpBackpacker by Nick Gatel
  17. Post Hike Depression (Facebook group)
  18. Reddit Subreddits (Camping and Hiking, Hammocks, Ultralight, Wilderness Backpacking)
  19. SectionHiker
  20. SummitPost is a collaborative content community focused on climbing, mountaineering, hiking, and other outdoor activities. This site is built by its members, who can:
    (1) Post photos, trip reports, events, logs, and albums.
    (2) Share expertise by submitting how-to articles and informational pages.
    (3) Shape the content of the site by voting on other people’s work. The less valuable submissions get buried, and the good stuff rises to the top.
  21. The Trek is a site dedicated to long-distance hiking, with dedicated sections for the triple crown trails.
  22. Thru-Hiker Dogs is a Facebook group for those planning to hike with their dog.
  23. THRU-r is a community for long distance hikers. Includes: an informative blog & resources for those new to backpacking & thru-hiking; a virtual community & one-on-one meet-ups; and helpful resources to aid in backpacking preparation, including a podcast.
  24. Ultralight Backpacking (Facebook group)
  25. Vegan Hikers & Backpackers (Facebook group)
  26. Whiteblaze is a popular forum that has been around for years. The articles section is a good starting point and the search feature can help you find answers to most questions you may have. 


You can find a version of this list on my Amazon reading list. If you prefer to listen to your books, Ethan Gallogly has put together a spreadsheet of audio books about about hiking and hiking-related topics.

  1. A Trailside Guide: Hiking & Backpacking (Trailside Guides) by Karen Berger
  2. Backpacker Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike by Liz Thomas
  3. Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking as Spiritual Practice by Belden C. Lane
  4. Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight Hiking by Ray Jardine
  5. Dirty Gourmet: Food for Your Outdoor Adventures by Dirty Gourmet, Emily Nielson
  6. Fixing Your Feet: Injury Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof
  7. Free Outside: A Trek Against Time and Distance by Jeff Garmire
  8. Hiking from Home: A Long Distance Hiking Guide for Family and Friends by Juliana Chauncey
  9. Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America by Francis Tapon [REF]
  10. Lighten Up!: A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking by Don Ladigin
  11. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills by The Mountaineers
  12. On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor
  13. Packtoter’s Thru Hiking Planner: A Guide To Asking The Right Questions by Richard Mallery
    (according to a post by the author, this is free on Amazon on the 1st and 15th of each month)
  14. Pushing North: Tame the Mind, Savor the Journey by Trey Free
  15. The Complete Walker IV by Colin Fletcher and Chip Rawlins
  16. The Hungry Spork: Trail Recipes: Quick Gourmet Meals for the Backcountry by Inga Aksamit
  17. The Hungry Spork: A Long Distance Hiker’s Guide to Meal Planning by Inga Aksamit
  18. The Ultimate Hang: Hammock Camping Illustrated by Derek Hansen (his website has a lot of free information as well)
  19. The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka
  20. Trail Life: Ray Jardine’s Lightweight Backpacking by Ray Jardine 
  21. Trail Tested: A Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Ultralight Hiking and Backpacking by Justin Licther
  22. Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips For Extremely Lightweight Camping by Mike Clelland
  23. Walk, Hike, Saunter, Seasoned Women Share Tales and Trails by Susan Alcorn 


  1. Thru-hike budget calculator is a Google spreadsheet that lets you enter estimated costs in six categories to calculate an overall budget. 

Documenting Your Hike

  1. Altimeter (Android) lets you measure and track the altitude of your hike. It works online and offline.
  2. Better Outdoor Videos #3: How to Vlog Your Thru-Hike by Evan’s Backpacking Videos | YouTube
  3. Day One (Android, iOS, Mac) is a journaling app that is private, cross-platform, and designed to let you capture your life as you live it. Use Day One as a daily diary, note taking app, travel log, or gratitude journal.
  4. HikerFeed is a tool (and mobile app) you can write daily journals in a simple yet intuitive editor, view your photos on a map, and track your daily distance and step count each day. No need for cell service. HikerFeed saves everything locally to your device and syncs up when you have service.
  5. Hiker’s Logbook (iOS) is 100% free, doesn’t require a login, has zero ads, and doesn’t require internet/cellular connection. It’s an app that allows you to create journals and journal entries for where you started and ended your day, calculates your total mileage, logs what kind of shelter you stayed in, whether or not you slept in a bed, and whether or not you showered, and presents it as a journal entry for easy review. You can sort and filter your entries to find your longest/shortest mileage days, days you slackpacked, zero days, or even days you slept in a bed. At the end of your thru you can export your entire journal as a PDF so you can keep it forever. Hiker’s logbook also calculates your average miles/day with and without zeros, your weekly mileage, tracks your total ascent and descent, your total zeros taken, your days since your last zero, and your days since your last shower- Plus more important stats for hiker trash. The Forecast feature uses your mileage to forecast when you’ll arrive at certain points along the trail. You can add custom locations too; just add that location and mile mark and the app will estimate how many days until you arrive. [REF]
  6. How to Vlog Your Thru-Hike: 5 Easy Steps by Evan Schaeffer | The Trek
  7. Making Videos – Appalachian Trail Q&A Part 6 by Chilly Bin Hikes | YouTube
  8. Momento (iOS) is a smart private journal that stays up to date effortlessly. Capture and collect moments to explore, relive and share your life story.
  9. Notion is a freemium productivity and note-taking web application developed by Notion Labs Inc. It offers organizational tools including task management, project tracking, to-do lists, bookmarking, and more. Additional offline features are offered by desktop and mobile applications available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. Users can create custom templates, embed videos and web content, and collaborate with others in real-time.
  10. Polar Steps (Android, iOS) lets you plan, track, and relive your travels, recording your route automatically and letting you keep your phone in your pocket and eyes on the world. It’s free, you can add pictures and written stories, and people get notifications when you post something new. It also follows your GPS location and places pictures in the line you hiked. Followers need to make an account if they want to follow though you can share a link to those without an account. One fellow hiker mentioned keeping his phone in the battery  saver mode to conserve it while journaling every night and syncing/uploading pictures in town.
  11. Recording Your Hike by The Hiking Rev | YouTube
  12. Relive (Android, iOS) lets you track and share your hike in an easy and beautiful way, including animated 3D videos.
  13. Thru-Hike Tracking Info is a Google spreadsheet that I created to help you easily track your progress and your expenses. Just enter a few fields of information each night in camp and at the end you will have a lot of interesting statistics available to summarize your hike (they are automatically calculated so you don’t need to do any extra work).
  14. ThruTracker (Android, iOS) is an app and website for long-distance hikers who want to document their journey, even while offline. With ThruTracker, you can create journal entries, complete with GPS coordinates, and sync them with the website for easy access and sharing. You can also use the app to capture trail experiences by including your YouTube videos, making it the perfect companion for those who want to keep track of their progress and share their adventures with family and friends. [REF]
  15. Trail Journals offers an online platform to write about and share your thru-hike experience.
  16. Want to Vlog Your Thru Hike? I Have Some Tips by Jay Wanders Out | YouTube

Fitness, Health, and Hygiene

  1. 5 Easy Ways to Deal With Your Period in the Backcountry by Kassondra Cloos | Backpacker
  2. Backcountry Hygiene Tips: An Interview with Two Gynecologists by Madeline Newel | The Trek
  3. Blister Treatment: Tips for Getting A Blister To Heal | WebMD 
  4. Calculate Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) online (Harris Benedict Equation)
    Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the amount of calories you would burn if you were asleep all day. The Harris Benedict Equation determines your total daily energy expenditure (calories)
  5. Chase Mountains (YouTube) offers some useful health and fitness videos targeted to hikers. I found his How to Avoid Blisters When Hiking, How to Prepare for a Successful Thru Hike, Trail Maintenance Routine, Don’t Let KNEE PAIN Stop you Hiking [IT Band Syndrome Fixed ON TRAIL!], and Reducing knee pain videos to be especially useful. You can also download a free Knee Pain Routine on his website.
  6. Dealing with Post-Hike Depression by Liz “Snorkel” Thomas
  7. Do your shins ever feel tight? Try this! by Trailside Fitness | Facebook
  8. Effects of Pack Weight on Endurance of Long-distance Hikers by Anthony T. Thomas | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona
  9. Foot size changes by Mara Factor 
  10. Health and Safety – Things Every Backpacker Should Consider by David Smith | The Trek
  11. Hiking Basics – Health by ATC
  12. Hiking Foot Care: Morton’s Neuroma by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  13. How Long Will My Toothpaste Last On A Thru-Hike? by Paul Bodnar | FarOut
  14. How to Be a Diva Hiker (Gear Review: The Diva Cup) by High Five | The Trek
  15. How to Build and Maintain Thru-Hiking Fitness by Meredith Bethune | Outside
  16. How to determine if you really have plantar fasciitis by Doc.Wishloff
    A quick video explaining how you can quickly determine if your foot pain is plantar fasciitis or not.
  17. How to Identify, Treat, and Prevent Plantar Fasciitis and Partial Plantar Tears AshleyMateo | Runner’s World
  18. How to Pop Hiking Blisters and Treat Hot Spots by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  19. How to survive a snakebite in the wilderness | Snakebite Foundation
  20. How To Take Care Of Your Feet When Hiking And Backpacking by Naomi Hudetz | Treeline Review
  21. Leukotape for Hiking and Blister Prevention 101 by Chris Cage | Greenbelly Meals
  22. Minimizing the effects and aftermath of wet feet by Andrew Skurka 
  23. NOLS Wilderness First Aid course
  24. Numb Toes After Finishing Your Thru-Hike? Here’s Why. by Kelly Floro | The Trek 
  25. Periods While Backpacking: The Bloody Truth About Menstruation on the Trail by Allison Kieley | The Trek
  26. Plantar fasciitis – Wikipedia
  27. Poisonous Plants of the Appalachian Trail | SkyAboveUs
  28. Rainmaker’s Hiking Mechanics is a page by David “Rainmaker” Mauldin which discusses how he cares for his body (knees, back, neck), prevents shin splints and Achilles tendonitis, and how he approaches diet and exercise. 
  29. Shin Splints Can Derail Your Hike. Here’s How to Prevent Them. By Lee Welton | Backpacker
  30. Sore Knees Hiking Down Hills? Learn How To Fix It! by Lee Welton | Trailside Fitness
  31. Suggested Trail Stretches by Natalie (“Stretch”)
  32. The Guide to Hiking with Your Period by Heather Daya Rideout | SectionHiker
  33. The Tick App provides information on ways to prevent tick exposure. The app also shows how to identify different kinds of ticks and the diseases they transmit. In addition, app users have the opportunity to be citizen scientists and help researchers understand how human behavior influences the risk of contracting ticks.
  34. TickEncounter and TickCheck are two sites with useful information about ticks. In particular, both allow you to mail photos of a tick you find on your body and have it professionally identified for free. If you are concerned whether the tick in question carries any disease, both offer a paid service whereby you can send the tick to them to test.
  35. Trailside Fitness by Lee Welton | YouTube
    Videos intended to help educate and prepare hikers for their adventures. Focused on fitness, injury prevention, and rehab.
  36. What Are Shin Splints, and How Do I Get Rid of Them? by Beth Skwarecki | Lifehacker
  37. What’s the Average Hiking Speed? Calculate Your Pace on the Trail by Kelly Hodgkins | Greenbelly

Flora and Fauna

  1. Google Photos lets your reverse image search your photos. Apparently, it is often better than the various plant and bug ID apps.
  2. Hikers may create ‘landscape of fear’ for animals | Futurity
  3. How to Really Recognize Poison Ivy, Beyond ‘Leaves of Three, Let It Be’ by Beth Skwarecki | Lifehacker
  4. iNaturalist (Android, iOS) has mobile apps that will identify plants and animals from photos you take on the trail. It can also track the location of what you spot automatically, which you can add to projects. Either create your own or join one of the already existing projects for the A.T. Also, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.
  5. Leaf Snap (iOS)
  6. Merlin Bird ID (Android, iOS) by Cornell Ornithology Lab for real-time bird call monitoring. Turn it on and it will listen to the bird calls around you and identify the birds in real time and give you archival recordings to compare to so you can double-check.
  7. Picture this – Plant Identifier (Android, iOS)
  8. Pl@ntNet (Android, iOS)
  9. Plantsnap (Android, iOS)
  10. Snapchat can help identify plants. By pointing the Snap camera at an object and long-pressing on the display, you can scan the plant and learn more about it.

Food and Nutrition

  1. 4 Must Have Supplements for Long Distance Backpacking by Zach Davis | The Trek
  2. 10 Easy Backpacking Recipes that are thru hiker friendly – and cheap! by Hiking with Braids | YouTube
  3. A guide for cheap vegan resupply on trail by u/commeatus | Reddit
  4. Backcountry Foodie (YouTube) by Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
    You can check out Aaron’s website as well if you are interesting in paying for her recipes and/or other services.
  5. Backcountry Meal Planning for Thru Hikers (Facebook group)
  6. Backpacking Chef provides resources about how to dehydrate different foods, as well as information about shelf life, food safety and tons of recipes.
  7. Backpacking Vegetarian or Vegan? | Outdoor Herbivore 
  8. Best Backpacking Food + DIY Recipes by Iron Tazz
  9. Calories Used While Backpacking by Phil Heffington
  10. Cold-Soak No-Cook Backpacking Meals 101 by Heather Daya Rideout | SectionHiker.com
  11. GearSkeptic is a YouTube channel with a small collection of very detailed and useful videos about backpacking nutrition and food density. You can also download a useful nutrition spreadsheet with over 900 common backpacker food options (PDF version also available). You can also make your own with a DIY spreadsheet. There is also a separate spreadsheet covering popular freeze-dried meal pouches (PDF version also available).
    NOTE: I really can’t recommend these videos highly enough. Go watch them. Now. They are great.
  12. Guthook’s Backpacking Food Planner | FarOut
  13. HikerTrashMeals is a Reddit community for Hiker Trash to share and discover meals for backpacking trips. This is not a community for cast iron pans or meals that require a campfire. Hiker Trash ranging from dirt poor to master trail chef are invited to share their trade secrets. Please confine recipes to meals that will work for a long distance hike in packability, weight of carry, ease of readiness and tasty, tasty goodness. Homemade or store bought meals are welcome to be shared.
  14. How Many Calories Do I Burn Backpacking? by Kelly Hodgkins | Greenbelly
    Use this calculator to help you get an estimate of how many calories you burn in a mike of hiking (so you can adequately prepare your food for your next hike).
  15. How Many Calories Do You Burn While Thru-Hiking? by Paul Bodnar | Guthook Guides
  16. How much food should I take? The detailed answer by Alan Dixon | Adventure Alan
  17. 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. You can specify the number of days and nights and amount of daily calories you want as well as targeted nutritional breakdown (fat, carbs, protein) and use the tool to easily see how your planned resupply matches those. One great thing about Google Sheets is that you can use it in offline mode, which should be helpful when on the trail with spotty or no wireless coverage.
    NOTE: This spreadsheet incorporates the wonderful work of GearSkeptic so I recommend you check out those videos if you haven’t already.
  18. Meal time: Backpacking breakfast & dinner recipes | Andrew Skurka
  19. Nutritionist Brenda L. Braaten’s Pack Light, Eat Right: Nutritional recommendations for backpackers and other endurance exercise enthusiasts is a fantastic overview of nutritional basics with a focus on long-distance hiking needs. 
  20. Outdoor Food Club categorizes foods good for outdoor activities and provides nutritional info for each, including calories per gram, carbs per gram, protein per gram, sodium per gram, sugar per gram, etc., so you can find new foods, and compare them in an objective and fair way.
  21. Popular prepackaged meal companies:
  22. Nutrition Databases can be useful when planning your food resupply. A few worth checking out are calorieKing, FatSecret (has mobile apps), Nutrionix, SELF Nutrition Data, and USDA FoodData Central (difficult to search by brand). I am not sure that one is better than the rest, because each seems to miss certain brands or certain sizes and the numbers for the same food item sometimes vary between sources. After a bit of use, I prefer calorieKing and Nutritionix. Finding an item on Amazon is also a good option, because the product images usually include one with the Nutrition Facts label. 
  23. Stoveless Backpacking Meals + Cold Soak Guide by Iron Tazz
  24. The Best Backpacking Meals of 2021 by Katie Kommer | The Trek
  25. The Best Hiking Snack – Cooking With A Thru Hiker by JupiterHikes
  26. The Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts! by Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN | The Trek
  27. There Are 50 CLIF Bars, and Nutritionists Only Recommend 5 by Sarah Bradley | Eat This, Not That
  28. Thru-Hiking Calorie and Food Weight Calculator | FarOut
    Calculate how many calories you will burn on your hiking trip and plan how much food you will need to bring on your trip using our Calorie & Food Weight Calculator.

There are A LOT of blog posts and YouTube videos with various gear reviews, gear lists, etc. I won’t even try to list them here but if I find good general gear overview resources I will add them.

  1. 5 Things You Should Include In Your Backpacking Repair Kit | FarOut
  2. 13 Best Ultralight Backpacks for Thru-Hiking in 2021 by Chris Cage | Greenbelly Meals
  3. 19 Helpful Packing Tips for Beginner Backpackers by Kelly Floro | The Trek
  4. Adventure Alan (Alan Dixon)
  5. A Good First Aid Kit by ME & U | WhiteBlaze
  6. Andrew Skurka has created a comprehensive gear list template and checklist and shares some of his gear lists to serve as guides. Also check out his Backpacking Gear List Template & Checklist : Template + 3-season Checklist, Core Backpacking Clothing, Core 13 Backpacking Clothing, and his series of articles and reviews that cover satellite communication devices and services.
  7. Backpacking Clothes (Underwear, Base Layers, Hiking Shirts/Pants, Mid Layers, Rainwear) by Dixie (Homemade Wanderlust) | YouTube
  8. Backpacking shelters for the BIG & tall, and those who sprawwwl by Jesse Liesch
    Very limited information is available about shelters for larger people. I’ll address this problem with a revolutionary new system for measuring the usable area of tents and fixed-shape tarps. Then, using this system I will offer standards for comfort and I will examine several popular models.
  9. Choosing A Tarp for a Hammock by Derek Hansen 
  10. DIY Pot Cozy & Cook Pouch for the Trail by Darwin onthetrail | YouTube
  11. Don’t Ditch Your Sawyer Filter Just Yet by Richard | The Trek
  12. Do You Need Insoles for Hiking Boots and Trail Runners? by Philip Werner | SectionHiker.com
  13. Do You Really Need a Footprint for Your Tent? by Casey Handley | CleverHiker
  14. Down Jacket Guide by u/ormagon_89 | Reddit
    A Google Spreadsheet that lists jackets under 11oz with at least 800 fill power down US (comparable to 750fp EU) for which the amount of fill is known and the down itself is ethically sourced. Some creative mathematical attempts are applied to compare the different options.
  15. Easy Way to Open a Bear Vault by Senior Backpacker | YouTube
  16. Flying with Backpacking Gear by David Smith | The Trek
  17. Follow Bigfoot has two useful gear list videos: My Affordable Lightweight 3-Season Gear Challenge List (GearGrams list) and $1500 Ultralight Appalachian Trail Gear List (GearGrams list). You can also see his finalized Appalachian Trail GearGrams list. Note that the GearGrams lists may not load in your browser.
  18. Frozen’s (Outdoor Adventures on YouTube) Appalachian Trail Lighterpack list 
  19. Garmin InReach Mini Battery Saving Tips by Go Thru It | YouTube
  20. Gear Backpackers Ditch First by Homemade Wanderlust (YouTube)
  21. Gear chat: lightweight solar panels by Jools Stray | Three Points of the Compass
  22. Gear List: Backpacking First Aid Kit for soloists & groups by Andrew Skurka
  23. Hammocking 101: Weather Protection by John and Cath at Couch2Trail 
  24. Hammock Camping 101 by Derek Hansen
  25. Hammock How-To for Noobs by “Shug” Emery | YouTube
  26. Hammocking 101: Buying a Hammock System | Couch2Trail
  27. Hiking, Camping & Backpacking Gear Talk (Facebook group)
    A place where hiking enthusiasts can ask questions, answer questions, discuss hiking gear, and offer hiking gear advice.
  28. How Do Sleeping Pad R-Values Affect Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings? by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  29. How to Choose a Backpack for Thru-Hiking by Kelly Floro | The Trek
  30. How to Lace a Hiking Boot For Better Fit by Backcountry Edge | YouTube
  31. How To Make A Pot Cozy by Backcountry Banter | YouTube
  32. How to Recycle Your Used Hiking Shoes by Jeff Podmayer | The Trek
  33. How to Tie a Heel Lock by Steven Wright | Lock Laces
  34. How To Wash Your Sleeping Bag by Penina Crocker | The Trek
  35. Less than $1000 Lighterpack gear list by Reddit user mittencamper
  36. Lightweight Hiking Gear: Popular Ultralight Backpacks
  37. Make Your Own Ultralight Windscreen & Heat Reflector – DIY by Backcountry Banter | YouTube
  38. Making Sure Your Sleeping Mat Is ‘Warm’ Enough – Testing R-Values Using The ASTM Standard by Sea To Summit
    NOTE: includes a nice chart showing what R-Value you need based on how you sleep (cold or warm) and air/ground temps.
  39. MSR Stoves: Measuring Canister Fuel by MSRGear | YouTube
  40. Platypus QuickDraw vs Katadyn BeFree vs Sawyer Squeeze: Which Water Filter Should You Carry For Your Next Thru-Hike? by J. Taylor Bell | The Trek
  41. Quilt comparison spreadsheet by u/numbershikes | Reddit
  42. Rainy Pass Repair
    Offers hiking gear repair services, including: clothing (including down and Gore-Tex®), packs, tents, and sleeping bags.
  43. Seek Outside Backpack Fit
    Goes through how to properly adjust your backpack to best fit you.
  44. Should You Spray a Tent with Permethrin? by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  45. Sleeping Pad R-Values and Temperature Ratings: How They Correspond by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  46. “Stupid light”: Why light is not necessarily right, and why lighter is not necessarily better by Andrew Skurka
  47. The Best Camp Shoe by Flip-Flop | Do It in the Woods
  48. The Best Ultralight Backpacks | GearLab
  49. The Easiest Way I’ve Found To Remove Trekking Pole Tips by Jay Wanders Out | YouTube
  50. The Feathers and The Cold by Mike Lavine | Google Docs (found in PCT Class of 2022 group)
    A bit of a rambling, semi-structured document that covers a lot of useful information about keeping warm on the trail.
  51. The Science of Clothing Layers for Winter Hiking by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  52. The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Female Urination Devices for Backpacking by Kelly Floro | The Trek
  53. The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Tyvek by Jesse Metzger | The Trek
  54. The Trek Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Gear List indicates popular options in the following categories: shelters, hammock, pack, sleeping bags and quilts, sleeping pads, footwear, clothing, cooking, water, first aid, toiletries, headlamp, pillow, hiking poles, trowel, and GPS. 
  55. The Working Man’s UL Upgrade List (Lighterpack list)
  56. Thruhiker Single Person Tent Comparison
    Brian Klotz put together this comparison sheet of single-person tents that are 2 lbs. or less while searching for his perfect tent. It  has reviews, some other metrics like cost per ounce, and tabs for single-wall and double-wall tents that I came across in my searching as well. 
  57. Tips On Flying With Your Backpack From A Flight Attendant by Sarah Lesiecki | The Trek
    Note: Many hikers recommend using IKEA Frakta bags to protect backpacks. Apparently, major US airlines offer plastic stroller/car seat bags at check-in. They’re large, super sturdy, and free.
  58. Ultralight Backpacking on Etsy by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  59. Ultralight Tents: Common Pitfalls and Complaints by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  60. Ultralight vs Traditional Packs – What’s the Best for you? by Darwin onthetrail | YouTube
  61. Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings by Ken Knapp | REI
  62. Vapor Barrier Clothing and Sleeping Bag Liners by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  63. Which Tent Stake is Best for Your Thru-Hike? by Paul Bodnar | Guthook Guides
  64. Why “waterproof” shoes will not keep your feet dry by Andrew Skurka

Gear Companies

I have a separate post on this site listing popular large and cottage gear companies. It includes those companies I saw at least several times in positive references while I was researching my gear. 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 and a bit overwhelmed. Some of these are big names found in stores, some are independent but do sell through Amazon, and some are independent and only sell from their own website.

Another useful resource is the 99Boulders huge list of gear vendors that can be filtered by type of gear, country, or type of company. That list includes many I have never heard of, some of which are for countries besides the U.S. Kevin Carlyle also put together a Outdoor Gear Brands Google spreadsheet listing 900+ gear sites/retailers and the type of gear they carry. [REF].

Gear Weight Tracking Resources

  1. Lighterpack seems to be the most popular weight tracking tool these days and is open source. It is similar to GearGrams in feel and functionality.
  2. Packfire is a new alternative to Lighterpack. I haven’t used it personally or heard much feedback but it looks like it might be good.
  3. Packstack is another Lighterpack alternative that lets you add your gear and start building your packing list, providing a weight breakdown so you can fine-tune your pack.
  4. Derek Anton has created a spreadsheet you can use as an alternative to LighterPack. It’s mostly only useful if you are looking to compare your current gear list to a desired gear list to see how much $ you will be spending per ounce of weight savings. [REF]

Guidebooks, Maps and Apps

Below I list resources that cover more than one long-distance trail. If you are interested in guides for the PCT or the AT, check out those lists separately.

  1. AllTrails is probably the most popular hiking app, providing maps, reviews, and details for over 55,000 hand-curated trails in 102 countries. With the free version, you can search for trails, and view maps both online or offline. Category filters like dog-, kid-, or wheelchair-friendly are easily available, and you can record hiking statistics like total distance, elevation, and moving time.
    Price: AllTrails Pro is available as an annual subscription for USD $29.99/year
  2. Avenza Maps is a mobile app that doesn’t need the Internet to work. Find an official park or topographic map and navigate with only GPS to locate yourself on a map. Record your tracks, estimate travel times, and add placemarks and photos to share with others.
    Price: varies by map provider but the full set of National Geographic maps are $129.99! Probably best to stick with FarOut. 
  3. FarOut Guides App (formerly known as Guthook) is the major resource used by thru-hikers and it is pretty darned incredible. If you download the maps, it works offline with GPS (which you can toggle on and off while using and which turns off when you close the app or your phone). It also occasionally updates the content whenever you are connected to data (auto update is a setting to toggle). Different icons are used to indicate points of interest (called waypoints, e.g., full, half full, or empty water drop to signify the presence of water and how reliable the source is). You can choose which sections and which types of maps as well as comments and photos to download, so if your phone is memory constricted this can help. There are three types of maps available: topo (three sources to choose from), Google street (street, satellite, terrain, or hybrid), and USGS offline satellite. The Google option will also show useful things off the trail, which is helpful for when you plan to go into town if you won’t have mobile data working. You can also register a free account which will let you add comments, but this is not required. There are so many useful features (e.g., ability to toggle between map view, an elevation profile map, and a list view of all or selected waypoints) that you might want to see online reviews to get a better feel for them. Follow Bigfoot has a useful video review of the Guthook app as does Michael K Davis.
    NOTE: FarOut now offers a web version of the app you can use to peruse the guides via a browser on a computer or tablet.
    Price: The app itself is free but you must pay for the trail contents. One great thing about FarOut is that updates are free forever.
    NOTE: There is usually one or two significant sales (20-25% off) each year so if you are planning ahead, monitor the FB groups or sign up for the mailing list to hear about these sales.
    NOTE: Here is a guide to adding a custom waypoint.
  4. Gaia GPS Smartphone App is a powerful GPS navigation tool that can replace a standalone GPS device. You can load GPS data (e.g., Halfmile’s PCT GPS waypoints) for offline use. There is a learning curve, especially for hikers unfamiliar with GPS navigation. Gaia GPS reviews have been posted by PMags and Adventure Alan.
    Price: $20 per year (follow Adventure Alan’s link and get 20% off). 
  5. Hiiker (Android, iOS) helps you to find 1000s of the best backpacking and hiking adventures, with reviews, photos, and great places to stay. You can download over 25,000 of the world’s best hiking, tramping, walking and backpacking trails right to your smartphone for free. It also offers free offline maps.
    Price: The pro version offers extra features for $6.49 per month ($3.33 per month if paid annually).
  6. Hike Intel is a free iOS app from Tim Luby that crowdsources trail conditions and other info (like statuses of springs and shelters). It claims to be a different animal from FarOut but as I don’t have an iOS device I haven’t tested it and have no thoughts about it. There is a Facebook group for it as well.
  7. Life360 and FollowMee are two popular mobile apps you and your family can use to track your hike (though they are not hiking-specific apps), but now that FarOut has social features and check-ins, that’s probably the better option. Alternatively, if you hike with a Garmin, Spot, Zoleo or similar device, those tend to offer check-in and other social tracking features as well.
  8. Locus Map (Android) is a multi-functional navigation app with offline maps. Create, plan, edit, record, save or share your trips, keep the memories, track your performance, and much more. Locus Map is designed for hiking, mountain biking, cycling, running, geocaching, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor activities. The pro version is not subscription based; a one-time payment and it’s yours for life.
  9. PeakFinder is great to identify mountains. It works like binoculars with an overlay of mountain names.
    Price: $4.99
  10. Pl@ntNet (Android, iOS) is an application that allows you to identify plants simply by photographing them with your smartphone. Very useful when you don’t have a botanist on hand! Pl@ntNet is also a great citizen science project: all the plants you photograph are collected and analysed by scientists around the world to better understand the evolution of plant biodiversity and to better preserve it.
  11. View Ranger is an app for both Android and iOS that lets you discover inspiring route guides, download detailed Ordnance Survey® maps, and navigate with confidence on your next hike, run, bike ride, country walk or outdoor adventure. I have read that it’s peak finder feature is as good or better than the Peak Finder app.  

Hiking Skills and Tips

  1. -30°… Ultralight Winter Camping… Alone by Justin Outdoors | YouTube
  2. 5 Tips to Help You Choose a Perfect Campsite Every Time by Eloise Robbins | The Trek
  3. 7 Essential Knots You Need To Know by InnerBark Outdoors | YouTube
  4. 12 Time-Saving Tips So You Can Hike More Miles by Eloise Robbins | The Trek
  5. 20 Tips on Sleeping Warm in the Outdoors by Greg Rouse | Chiff.com
  6. 100 Tips For An Ultralight Backpack by JupiterHikes | YouTube
  7. Actually, there is a “right way” to backpack: The limits of “hike your own hike” by Andrew Skurka
  8. Admission: Yes, I sleep with my food by Andrew Skurka
  9. Backpacking Appalachian Trail Treating Gear Tick Repellent Sawyer Permethrin by Turtle and Pup | YouTube
  10. Backpacking Checklist 
  11. Backpacking for Beginners: How to get started | Outdoors Generations
  12. Backpacking Light offers guided treks, live events, and clinics 
  13. Beginner backpackers: Start here | Advice, info, tips & resources by Andrew Skurka 
  14. Beginner Hammock Camping Part 4 – Knots You Should Know by Outdoor Adventures | YouTube 
  15. Black Bears and Thru-Hiking: Your Questions Answered by Jim Rahtz | The Trek
  16. Detailed explanation on how to use a Backpacking Bidet–Buy a Holey Hiker Bidet! See Description! by Paul the Backpacker | YouTube
  17. Essential Backpacking Skills – Hang your food bag with the PCT method by Jon Allen Outside | YouTube
  18. Hanging A Bear Bag—The PCT Method by Derek Hanson
  19. Hiking Etiquette by Hiking Dude
  20. How I Fight Condensation In a Tent or Car and What Causes It by Jay Wanders Out | YouTube
  21. How I Pack a Backpack for Hiking (with a PACK LINER) by Chase Mountains | YouTube
  22. How I Pack My Gear 2020 – 35L Pack (Full Comfort) by Darwin onthetrail | YouTube
  23. How I Packed My Pack On The PCT by Homemade Wanderlust | YouTube
  24. How Long Does It Take To Hike a Mile? by Rachel Shoemaker | The Trek
  25. HOW NOT TO QUIT (a thru-hike) by Marie-Pier Tremblay | YouTube
  26. How to Build a Fire in 5 Minutes | Backpackerverse.com
  27. How to Camp in the Snow by Restless Kiwi | YouTube
  28. How to cross a river safely by Adventure Professional Publications
  29. How to Dig an LNT-Compliant Cathole by Kelly Floro | The Trek
  30. How to Effectively Use Bear Spray by  Patrick Hutchison | Art of Manliness
  31. How to Ford a River by Cam Honan | The Hiking Life
  32. How to Ford a River by Jay Bouchard and Marco Johnson | Outside Magazine
  33. How to Pack a Backpack for Thru-Hiking by Effie Drew | The Trek
  34. How to PLAN a BACKPACKING trip by Jon Allen Outside | YouTube
  35. How to Poop in the Woods by REI | YouTube
  36. How to poop in the woods & perform a backcountry bidet by Andrew Skurka | YouTube (related articles)
  37. How to Prevent Chafing While Hiking by Therese Iknoian | Backpacker
  38. How to Properly Place Your Tent Stake | FarOut Guides
  39. How to Use Trekking Poles (Like a Boss) by Chase Mountains | YouTube
  40. How to put up tent in the rain without getting it wet by ChopperOutdoors | YouTube
  41. Ineffective & outdated: Six reasons to not hang a bear bag by Andrew Skurka
  42. I Sleep With My Food by Shane O’Donnell | Facebook
  43. Is Thru-Hiking Really 90 Percent Mental? by Cam “Swami” Honan | The Hiking Life 
  44. Knot School: 8 Essential Knots for Hikers
  45. Learn Map & Compass, Part 1: Adjust for declination & orient a map by Andrew Skurka
  46. Learn Map & Compass, Part 2: Find & transfer bearings in the field & on a map by Andrew Skurka
  47. Leave No Trace. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. Read their seven LNT principles before beginning your hike and check out their How to Brush Your Teeth In The Backcountry YouTube video. 
  48. Mental Preparation by Gusha | HikerFeed
  49. Mental Side To Going Ultralight by Craig Fowler | One of Seven Project
  50. Natural Navigation Clues: How to Find Your Way Without a Compass by Mary Cochenour | GAIA GPS
  51. Netknots.com and Animated Knots are good resources for seeing how to tie various knots via a series of images. 
  52. One Simple Trick to Keep Your Shoelaces Tied on Your Next Hike by Owen Eigenbrot | The Trek
  53. Packing Your Backpack by The Hiking Rev | YouTube
  54. REI Classes, Outings and Events
  55. Seam Seal the Easy Way: Superior Wilderness Designs Rugged Long Haul by Broke Backpacker | YouTube
  56. Template: Environmental & Route Conditions Assessment by Andrew Skurka 
  57. The #1 thing to consider before a Thru Hike by LOTHAR | YouTube
  58. The 52 Biggest Hiking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them by Jason Stevenson | Backpacker
  59. The ONE Big Mistake That’s Making You Colder by MyLifeOutdoors | YouTube
  60. The Thru-Hiker’s Guide to Safe and Effective Hitchhiking by Kelly Floro | The Trek
  61. Things I’ve Learned – Packing Your Backpack | The Hiking Rev | YouTube
  62. Tick Checking 101: Steps to Take For Every Hike by Dylan Stuntz | American Forests
  63. Top 10 Rope Knots by NetKnots.com
  64. Trekking Poles: How to adjust and use straps by Adventure Buddies | YouTube
  65. What a Thru Hike is Really Like by JupiterHikes | YouTube
  66. What Is a Good Hiking Pace? by Rachel Shoemaker | The Trek

Snow Conditions and River Crossings

See my Pacific Crest Trail resources page for some useful resources for river crossings and snow conditions.


  1. Buddy, USAA, and the American Alpine Club (AAC) accident insurance for hiking (only available to US residents) offer supplemental travel insurance that should cover your hike. 
  2. Health Insurance Options If You Quit Your Job to go Backpacking by Homemade Wanderlust | YouTube
  3. Some travel insurance providers like World Nomads offer coverage for “adventure” or “high risk” activities. 
  4. SPOT and Garmin emergency GPS devices offer search and rescue (SAR) benefits.


  1. 1 Pound on Your Foot Equals 5 Pounds on Your Back: The 5 Thumb Rules of Hiking by Jordan Smothermon and Rob Shaul | Mountain Tactical Institute
  2. Hikerlink is a tool for thru-hikers to connect with one another (a searchable database of thru-hikers organized by trail, year, and direction). It is brand new as of the time I am writing this so it remains to be seen what becomes of it, but since it is affiliated with The Trek I imagine it will get traction and become popular. 
  3. HitchWiki offers information about the legality of hitchhiking in the United States.
  4. How Far Is It? The Truth Behind Trail Measurements by Donna McBain Evans | Washington Trails Association
  5. How to Prepare for a Thru Hike | Get These Things Done Before Leaving! by Kelly Hays Hikes | YouTube
  6. How to prepare your backpack for air travel | Fly with confidence! by Jon Allen Outside | YouTube
  7. List of long-distance trails in the US (useful for finding places to do warm-up hikes)
  8. Show This To Your Friends + Family If You Are Planning A LONG-DISTANCE Backpacking Trip or THRU-HIKE by Homemade Wanderlust | YouTube
  9. Top tips: longer phone battery life in the backcountry | AlpineSavvy
  10. TSA list of camping items that can and cannot be brought on a plane | Transportation Security Administration
TrailMilesElevation gain in feet (NOBO)
PCT (total)2716.5474187
So Cal566.595101
Nor Cal626.5104937
CDT (total)2981.8467432
A.T. (total)2194.3474,258
GA & NC241.558635
NC & TN229.254203
Southern VA259.653780
Northern VA296.165346
PA & MD270.537638
NJ, NY & CT228.242169
MA & VT227.048550
REF: Miles and elevation gain on PCT vs. CT vs. AT from FarOut and AT website by u/Jazzlike_Ad9434 | Reddit


  1. By Land by Emory Wanger
  2. Foot Stuff Podcast
  3. Hiking Thru 
  4. “Jester” Section Hiker by Julie Gayheart
  5. Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail 
  6. Out Alive 
  7. Outside Podcast 
  8. Out There 
  9. Sounds of the Trail 
  10. The Backpacking Light Podcast
  11. The Dirtbag Diaries 
  12. The First 40 Miles 
  13. The Green Tunnel is a podcast about the history of the Appalachian Trail.
  14. The John Freakin’ Muir Pod
  15. The Paul Kirtley Podcast
  16. The Pox and Puss Podcast 
  17. The Trail Show 
  18. The Trek Podcasts (Backpacker Radio, Trail Correspondents)
  19. THRU-r podcast
  20. Trail Tales by Kyle O’grady
  21. Trust the Trail Podcast by Scott & Ariane


If you skipped the section on food above, be sure to check out the useful videos by GearSkeptic and my Long Distance Hiking Food Resupply Tool, which uses GearSkeptic’s work.

  1. Backpacking Chef is devoted to helping you learn how to dehydrate food, and how to assemble light-weight, nutritious backpacking meals, with over 100 trail-tested backpacking recipes for dinners, lunches, breakfasts, desserts, and snacks.
  2. Backcountry Meal Planning for Thru Hikers (Facebook group)
    Be sure to check the Files section for useful downloads (recipes, dehydration resources, nutrition data, vegan resupply options, nutrition survey results, etc.)
  3. Dehydrating Your Own Backpacking Food (Facebook group)
  4. Healthy Gourmet Backpacking Food (Facebook group)
USPS? While you probably have heard about USPS Priority Mail shipping for mail drops, Shane O’Donnell has written a detailed tutorial titled USPS Regional Rate Boxes For Hiking Dummies that can often save money compared to Priority Mail. 

Retailers and Used Gear Options

  1. AntiGravityGear 
  2. ATC Store
    If you’re looking for things like Buffs, Darn Tough socks, and other odds and ends, you should check out the ATC’s merchandise store. Prices are only slightly higher than other outlets, they come in AT-themed designs, and you’re helping fund the maintenance of the trail.
  3. Backcountry 
  4. Backcountry Edge
  5. Backpacking Gear Flea Market (FB group) 
  6. Backpackinglight.com Gear Swap 
  7. Bearfoot’s Hiking Gear Flea Market (FB group)
  8. Campmor
  9. Campsaver 
  10. Chicken Tramper Ultralight Gear (packs, pack accessories, and fanny packs)
  11. Craigslist 
  12. Decathlon 
  13. Drop (formerly Massdrop)
  14. eBay 
  15. Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) 
  16. Etsy (especially for Cuben Fiber items)
  17. Garage Grown Gear
  18. GearTrade
  19. Grizzle Gear
    Justin Anderson sells handmade ultralight bottle and smartphone carriers that attach to your shoulder straps. 1 liter bottle carriers weigh only 0.4 oz. (11 g) and 700 ml bottle carriers are 0.3 oz. (9.5 g). Phone carriers measure 4 x 7.5 inches (10 x 19 cm). 
  20. HammockForums.net For Sale List
  21. L.L.Bean
  22. Liberty Mountain 
  23. Lightweight Hiker (used gear)
  24. Litesmith
    Litesmith designs, builds and curates ultralight adventure gear.
  25. MEC (Canada)
  26. Moosejaw
  27. Mountain Steals aims to offer the best outdoor products from the top brands for less money. To keep the prices extra low, they don’t offer free next day delivery, free returns, or any the other “free” things that other online retailers force you to pay for by baking into their prices. They offer you our best price and then the choice of paying to get it a little faster or returning it.
  28. Patagonia and Patagonia Worn Wear
  29. REI
    A co-op where members get dividends based on the amount purchased. Also includes a great one-year, no questions asked warranty. REI Garage Sales are a great place to buy used gear that’s been returned by customers but can’t be put back on shelves because it’s been used or has some sort of defect. Garage Sale discounts typically run between 50% to 90% and you can buy boots, shoes, tents, clothing, backpacks, even electronics. However, REI Garage sales are only open to Co-Op members, so join up if you haven’t already. All of the items offered at an REI Garage sale have a tag which explains what’s wrong with it so you can decide if it’s worth buying but keep in mind that, unlike with new gear purchases, no Garage Sale purchases can be returned. There is also a Used Gear online-only shop that focuses on returned gear that is still in excellent condition.
  30. Sierra Designs
  31. Sierra Trading Post 
  32. Steep and Cheap
  33. Ultralight Backpacking Gear Vendors: The Complete List | 99Boulders
  34. Ultralight Gear Trade (Reddit)
  35. WalkAways Hiking Flea Market (FB group)
  36. Waymark Gear Co. 
  37. WhiteBlaze Used Gear Forum 
  38. whoopieslings.com offers hammock and tarp suspension products
  39. Hammock Forums has a used gear sale area, and there are also groups on Facebook dedicated to selling used camping/backpacking gear.

Safety Tips

  1. Black Bears and Thru-Hiking: Your Questions Answered by Jim Rahtz | The Trek
  2. Could You Survive a Run-In With a Bear? | New York Times
    How much do you know about bear behavior and avoiding a bear attack? What you know — or don’t know — could determine how likely you are to survive an encounter with a testy bear.
  3. How to cross a river safely by Adventure Professional Publications
  4. How Hot Is Too Hot to Exercise? by Sarah Trent | Outside
    Heatstroke deaths are common and preventable. Here’s how to make safe decisions when you’re exercising in the summer.
  5. inReach Webinar: inReach Best Practices by Garmin | YouTube
  6. Search and RescueE (SAR) – The Real Angels of the Trail by Matt Bromley | HikeIt
  7. SOS – What Happens and Who Pays for it. by The Retired Hiker | YouTube
    A look at what happens if/when you actually need to use your personal locator beacon (PLB) device (e.g., Garmin, SPOT). Also looks at the two main service subscription options (Global Rescue and GEOS). Note he prefers GEOS. 
  8. What to Do if You See a Bear | National Park Service
  9. When to Initiate a Backcountry Rescue (with Your Garmin InReach, PLB, or SPOT) by HikingGuy.com
  10. Wilderness First Aid Basics by Amanda Menard | ACLS Training Center
  11. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) + Survival ($35 Online Zoom course)


Hiking is an excellent opportunity to learn some constellations and watch the planets move through the sky. Fortunately, there are apps for that. There are many to choose from but the ones I have seen recommended by other hikers are Sky Map (Android), SkyView (iOS, Android exists may no longer be supported), Star Walk 2 (Android, iOS), Stellarium (Android, iOS), and Star Walk (Android, iOS).

Trail Angels

  1. TrailAngelList.org


  1. After Thru – The Other Side of Long Distance Hiking by Courtney Eve White | YouTube
  2. Don’t Let KNEE PAIN Stop you Hiking [IT Band Syndrome Fixed ON TRAIL!] by Chase Mountains
    Also download the FREE Knee Pain Routine and start building stronger knees.
  3. Food in Your Belly | An Appalachian Trail Documentary by Lukas Chin | YouTube
    The 15-minute documentary, directed by Lukas Chin and edited by Chin and Gabriella Medrano, explores Aster Wells-Byer’s eating disorder as she hikes on the Appalachian Trail through the late summer, fall, and winter. [REF]
  4. How to cross a river safely by Adventure Professional Publications
  5. When to Initiate a Backcountry Rescue (with Your Garmin InReach, PLB, or SPOT) by HikingGuy.com


  1. AccuWeather is especially useful for its live radar feature.
  2. AirNow Fire and Smoke Map shows fine particle pollution (PM2.5) from permanent AirNow monitors, temporary monitors deployed by agencies for smoke events, and low-cost sensors made by PurpleAir. Users can click or tap on the layer icon on the upper right of the map to select/de-select map layers showing the different data sources. To see other pollutants, visit the AirNow interactive map, which shows ozone, PM2.5, and PM10 data that official outdoor air quality air monitoring stations report to AirNow.
  3. Carrot Weather is a paid service but you can switch between a number of different data sources within the app: AccuWeather, ClimaCell, Foreca, MeteoGroup, Aeris Weather, or WillyWeather.
  4. Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information: with down-to-the-minute forecasts for your exact location.
    NOTE: It was bought by Apple in early 2020 and is no longer available for Android. It may end up getting integrated into Apple’s native weather app and thus disappearing for good. 
  5. How Do Mountains Make Their Own Weather? by Philip Werner | SectionHiker
  6. meteoblue delivers local weather information worldwide for any point on land or sea. It was initially developed at the University of Basel, Switzerland based on models of NOAA/NCEP and meteoblue forecasts became quickly popular with scientists and the public having a specific interest in meteorology, including mountaineers, pilots, and astronomers. There are premium and free versions.
  7. Mountain Weather Forecasts provides forecasts for more than 11,300 (and growing) major summits for climbers and mountaineers, provided for up to 5 different elevations.
  8. Trailinfo.org lets you message your GPS coordinates to 765 55-FIRES (765-553-4737) to get current fire information (and AQI) in your area.
  9. Trail weather was created to provide a way of seeing current and future weather conditions along the entire Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail, whereas most existing trail weather sites only provide forecasts for one location at a time. Because of that, the site is very data-heavy and is not recommended for hikers on the trail looking for local weather conditions (it’s better for looking ahead and planning).
  10. Windy is a comprehensive weather app that is very useful for hikers. The app offers more than 50 maps and tools, including: Wind (current speed, gusts, accumulation); Temperature, humidity, pressure, dew point, freezing altitude; Rain, thunder, storms, precipitation type, CAPE-index; Weather radar and Satellite images (blue, infrared, visible); Clouds, clouds tops, clouds base and visibility (LIFR, IFR, MVFR, VFR), fog; Solar activity maps (solar power, UV index, wet-bulb temperature); Snow depth, new snow, snow density; NO2, PM 2.5, Aerosol, SO2, Ozone layer, Surface ozone, CO concentration, Dust mass, Fire intensity; Weather warnings & Extreme forecast; and Soil moisture, Moisture anomaly, Drought intensity
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