The benefits and options for taking your smartphone on the trail with you have really exploded over the last 2 years. A good smartphone can replace your map, trail guide, camera, books, emergency calls, weather forecast, pedometer… and so on. But they tend to use up battery power fast, and keeping it charged on long-distance trails can be challenging. Fortunately these days backup batteries are coming in ridiculously small sizes and plug right in through USB. You could pack a few sticks into your backpack and keep using it for all the essentials.
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Tarp, bivvy, solo tent, possibly a super light tent for two, some swear by the hammock… there are so many options, but what’s the best one suited to you for the long-haul? And backpacks – what are hikers preferring on the Appalachian Trail? It’s all here.
Leaving luxuries like the coffee-plunger at home, explore the different ways to properly equip your kitchen for 6 months in less than 20oz, maybe even 8oz… minus the food, water and fuel of course. There’s a whole world of possibilities and many options you can make yourself!
Some quick-drying extra clothing options that are featherlight, proper rain protection, multi-functional gadgetry that can make your life a lot easier on the trail and DIY options too. While it may be tempting to not pack extra, hyperthermia is a real danger.
Every day on the trail hikers are exposed to bears, snakes, ticks, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, lightning, fractures and most commonly knee and back issues. Find out how to protect yourself, what do do in an emergency, drinking water safety and the gear that may save your life.