Explore the Appalachian Trail in 3D

Kraig Becker:

Listen up trekkers, backpackers, and thru-hikers, Backpacker magazine has a new tool that you might be interested in, particularly if you plan on walking the Appalachian Trail.

The recently launched 3D map of the entire route of this iconic trail puts a host of great information at our fingertips, giving us new ways to explore this amazing path without ever leaving home.

The 3D map, which can be found here, covers the entire 2190 mile (3524 km) length of the AT. …

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Documentary – Into the Canyon

Premiered February 2019.

VERY entertaining.

You might be able to find it on the National Geographic Channel.

In 2016 filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon.

From the outset, the challenge was far more than they bargained for. More people have stood on the moon than have completed a continuous through hike of the Canyon.

… But their quest was more than just an endurance test – it was also a way to draw attention to the unprecedented threats facing one of our most revered landscapes. …

Uranium mines, tourist development, maintaining indigenous flora and fauna. Native peoples are interviewed thoughout.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

best hiking gear on the PCT 2019

Mac posted his 7th annual survey — this year 846 Pacific Crest Trail hikers were interviewed.

The Altra Lone Peak was the most popular shoe on the PCT this year – used by nearly a third of PCT hikers. It’s a zero-drop shoe and, on average, hikers who completed the trail used 4.65 pairs – nearly $600 in shoes (at full retail price).

On the other hand, there were plenty of complaints about Lone Peaks.

Personally, I prefer sturdier Merrell Moabs.

FAVORITE PCT GEAR

MOST COMMON PCT GEAR

Read more:

The Pacific Crest Trail Gear Guide: Class of 2019 Survey

Jeff “Legend” Garmire 23,000 miles in 10 years

Legend is one of 17.3 million adults in the United States who have experienced a depressive episode. He hikes to get into a positive frame of mind.

He’s only the second hiker (after Skurka) to complete the Great Western Loop, a 7,000-mile route that covers portions of the Pacific Crest, Pacific Northwest, Continental Divide, Grand Enchantment, and Arizona Trails. It took him 208 days and 15 hours.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

picking up trash on the PCT

Two friends walked from Mexico to Canada and picked up every piece of rubbish they saw along the way.

Seth Orme and Paul Twedt hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015 with their friend Joe, picking up 1,100lbs of rubbish on their four-and-a-half-month journey and recycling items whenever they could.

This year, as part of their mission, which they call “Packing It Out”, the pair spent five months clearing the Pacific Crest Trail from the border with Mexico up to British Columbia in Canada. …

Independent

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Blake “Deluxe” Robinson walking all U.S. Parks

Blake Robinson is well into his attempt to Walk The Parks.

Walk The Parks is a journey exploring the 49 National Parks in the lower 48 via human power, mostly walking.

Patreon.

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Walk The Parks  STATS Total Days: 675 July 25, 2017 – October 8, 2019 Total Miles: 9,848 Hiking Miles: 9,115 Biking Miles: 483 Rafting Miles: 250 Total Elevation Gain: 1,500,031 feet Total Steps: 19,502,711 National Parks Visited: 30  Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Great Basin, Zion, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah, Isle Royale, Acadia, Petrified Forest, Joshua Tree, Channel Islands, Redwood Forest, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Sequoia, King’s Canyon, Yosemite, Lassen Volcanic, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, North Cascades States Visited: 23 Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, California, Oregon, Washington Highest Point: Mt. Elbert, CO 14,329 feet Lowest Point: Badwater Basin, Death Valley -279 feet! Longest Stretch without Shower: 15 Days Horrible Digestive Issues requiring medical attention: 1 Cases of infected poison ivy requiring medial attention: 1 Longest Day: 35 Miles Longest Stretch between water: 60 Miles Longest time between resupply points: 20 Days while rafting the Grand Canyon; 10 Days while hiking Smiles per day: So many Number of amazing people met: This is one stat that continually amazes me. I have met so many absolutely incredible people on this trip! Thank you so very much! #walktheparks #somuchmoretogo #savingmoney #19moreparkstogo #ishouldaddAKandHI #pct2019 #thruhike #tentlife #thruhiking #triplecrown #winning #liveyourdream #thetrek #trekthepct #pcta #appalachiantrail #pacificcresttrail #continentaldividetrail #hayduke #nationalparks #chooseyourpark #yellowstone #grandcanyon #northcascades #yolo

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Family of 6 hikes Appalachian Trail

20 years after her first Appalachian hike, Jamie, her husband Chris, and their four daughters, Maya,13, Harper, 11, Josie, 8, and Sabina, 6, camped in snow, and hiked across rivers and up mountains, all with blistered toes and homework assignments to complete. …

6-year-old Sebastopol girl breaks hiking record with family on Appalachian Trail

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