The transitions from the simple discomfort of the trail to the chaotic comfort of life at home happen by degrees. What can I learn from the trail that will allow me to experience home life in a new way?
Some things actually suck. We can still learn from them.
Mark Wetherington explores how trading auto for bicycle for home-to-trailhead transportation impacts the hiking and backpacking experience.
Maggie Slepian uses past experiences on trail to push through rough days on Colorado's challenging Collegiate West.
Why do so many of us still feel compelled to have fires?
Is backpacking your hobby or your habit? Examining the subtle difference can provide profound insights into how to spend your time.
In a year of back-and-forth hiking plans and a busy career in backpacking media, Maggie works on understanding what backpacking means to her.
Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his interaction with nature.
From first-come, first-served to limited lotteries and everywhere in between, permits are increasingly becoming a fact of life for backcountry adventures
I'm a big planner at home, but not so much with backpacking. On my last OCT solo section, I actually had to do all of the planning myself.